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Pro's & Cons of the Nano-PEB - (Updated 12/28/2016)

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TI-99/4A Nano-PEB
Pro's & Cons of the Nano-PEB - (Updated 12/28/2016)
  • Nano PEB "Chip View" (High Definition)
  • NanoKit
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  • New V1 Nano 05
  • New V1 Nano 04
  • New V1 Nano 03
  • New V1 Nano 02
  • New V1 Nano 01
  • Nano EDGE03
  • Nano EDGE02
  • Nano EDGE01
  • Nano HOLDER&CF
  • Nano HOLDER BACK
  • Nano HOLDER
  • Nano MAIN FRONT
  • Nano MAIN BACK
  • Nano FULL

An HONEST appraisal of the Nano-PEB
 
The Nano-PEB is a small device that functionally replaces the larger and much heavier Texas Instruments Peripheral Expansion Box, albeit with some limitations.
 
All units come with the following features:
1) CF Memory card for data storage.  (The device emulates three 'virtual' 400K disk drives).
2) Built-in 32K memory expansion
3) One I/O device (that varies by version)
 
 
The device comes in three different 'flavors':
 
A) Nano-PEB V1  RS-232 with TI-Compatible UART  (IMHO the option to choose)
     This unit is compatible with most existing software.
    
B) Nano-PEB V2  RS-232 with 16550 UART (Not compatible with all TI software)
     While the new V2 model is faster, how often does one need speed versus the
     incompatibility of the V2?   Speed is useless if the software will not work with it.
 
C) CF7+  Basic features, but with a printer port instead of an RS-232
  
Pro's
1) Small
2) New
3) Customer support from the creator/seller.
  
Cons
1) No case (electronics exposed) 
2) Marginal construction on some units.
3) Does not run all software (most notably telecommunications programs).
4) Some units can be flaky or unreliable. * (see update below)
    Some of this was due to timing issues with the F18A and was apparently resolved on some later units.
5) Limited future expand-ability.
                                
The creators website with more information is located  << HERE >>
 
In closing the Nano-PEB is a little gadget for the casual TI user or gamer to have fun with "Real Iron".
 
* update on the flakiness issue
 
A cause of some  Nano-PEB's flakiness can be attributed to the cheap sockets for the PLCC chips.  If you start having any issues, 'out-of-the blue', try pulling the chips, cleaning the contacts on the chips and socket and then re-seat the chips.
 
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UPDATE 12/28/2016
NOTE:  You can now obtain nice looking protective cases for the NanoPEB & CF7!  
              << CLICK HERE >> for the new blog entry and video about these cases.






Does anybody read these things, or am I just wasting my time?

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Does anybody read these things, or am I just wasting my time?

Hehe I picked mine up a few years ago.  I had a Ti99/4a when i was 14-15 soo many years ago and had nothing with it at all, just the computer.  But that's where my love of computers started and I spent hours and hours learning how to program on it.  with my NanoPEB I finally was able to play some of the games.  I gotta say many of the Atarisoft games are great on the ole' TI as well as some of the TI99/4a exclusives. I'm not sure what version i have but I only play games so i'm not too worried.  The only carts I have right now are the Extended basic and Editor Assembler.  Thanks for posting this.

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The only carts I have right now are the Extended basic and Editor Assembler.  

 

Hey, somebody DOES read this! :) ... Thanks for stopping by.

 

You have the best two and most required carts out there.  With those two carts, and your Nano of course, you can pretty much do 95% of everything.

 

BTW - Have you ever considered 'upgrading' you E/A into a full-fledged Super Cart?

 

Oh yeah, the Atari Soft games ROCK!  I love Moon Patrol!

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Hey, somebody DOES read this! :) ... Thanks for stopping by.

 

You have the best two and most required carts out there.  With those two carts, and your Nano of course, you can pretty much do 95% of everything.

 

BTW - Have you ever considered 'upgrading' you E/A into a full-fledged Super Cart?

Nah, I don't do enough to justify it.  I like to play games on it and that's about it.

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Thanks for the review, I am currently shopping for a peb and or a nano peb.

I think it would be really cool if it were possible to combine the nano peb with a full peb, or somehow install the nano inside the peb.

I haven been able to find anyone who has done this.

Maybe it's impossible, or maybe it's just a crazy idea, but I would like to have real disks, and the CF.

With a nano peb combination it would hopefully not be necessary to find an rs232 card and a 32k card for the real peb, which would make it easier and less expensive to do.
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Maybe it's impossible, or maybe it's just a crazy idea, but I would like to have real disks, and the CF.

With a nano peb combination it would hopefully not be necessary to find an rs232 card and a 32k card for the real peb, which would make it easier and less expensive to do.

 

 

Well some people have a Lotharek SDF floppy drive emulator.

This would give you the ability to move things from your PC to the TI without the need for an RS-232 (with or without the HDX modification).

 

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You can learn more on this device << HERE >>

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I just finally ordered my nano peb rs 232 version.

I asked the seller about connecting both the nano peb and the big box peb together.

In addition to using real disks, I also want to be able to add the SID sound card to the PEB.

The seller said that he though someone had made up a Y adapter of some kind to use both together and that he could change the CRU address so the toe wouldn't interfere.

I think this would also be great because I assume this means you couldn't / wouldn't have the rs232 and 32k in the PEB anymore.

I didn't have any luck googling the Y adapter. Anyone know anything about this?
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No problem, << CLICK HERE >> :)

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Awesome, I was just about to post an update. I found this page by Stuart http://www.avjd51.ds...x.com/ti/ti.htm
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Looks great. I won't be running any telecom software, so I should be okay on the microPEB, I'd just have to craft a case for it.

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Looks great. I won't be running any telecom software, so I should be okay on the microPEB, I'd just have to craft a case for it.

 

About that case you want... keep an eye out here in the next week or two. 

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.  :)

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** UPDATED ** 

With link to the new NanoPEB & CF7 cases.

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