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The AMAZING "FlashROM 99" Cartridge -- (Modified 9/24/2018)

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TI-99/4A FlashROM99
The AMAZING "FlashROM 99" Cartridge -- (Modified 9/24/2018)

The
FlashROM 99
 
NOTE/UPDATE: The cartridge has been superseded by the new FinalGROM 99.
The FlashROM 99 that came out in May of 2016 has proven to be a definite paradigm shift in cartridge technology for the TI-99/4A.  In the past, if one wanted cartridge based programs they either had to buy an EEPROM programmer, like the MiniPRO TL866CS, and some chips, and do it themselves, or pay someone else to do it. 
 
With the old method of getting things into a cartridge, there were a ‘few’ things one had to learn first, especially when making their own compilation cartridges.  The required learning curve, combined with the  added expense, introduced a limiting factor to this formats development.  Now with this new cartridge format, if you can “drag & drop” you can do it too!  Nothing could be faster or easier.
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There has been a literal explosion of programs converted to work with the FlashROM 99.  Thanks to Atari Age users like JediMatt42 and to Static1701 who has devoted a considerable amount of time into making the lives of FlashROM 99 users more enjoyable.
 
The thread to access all of those excellent conversions is:  << HERE >>
 
Justifying your investment 
 
This cartridge was the perfect solution for so many different types of TI users…
 
1              The returning user with limited equipment
                No memory expansion?  No P-Box?  NO PROBLEM!  This cartridge ran many programs
                that don’t require all the extras.
 
2              The dedicated gamer
                If you wanted to play games, on the ‘REAL THING’, but not buy a bunch of expensive
                hardware, this cartridge was a must.
 
3              The user on a budget
                This cartridge could get you into the TI painlessly from a financial viewpoint.  Start having
                fun now, worry about expanding later…if you decided/wanted to. 
 
4              The user without the time
                Some people have limited time, and either can’t or didn’t want to invest a lot of it learning
                a bunch of convoluted steps to just program in a game or two every ‘now and then’.
 
5             The limited space user
                For those who needed an option for a small affordable storage device for ‘Real Iron’.
 
  
Update 07/12/2016
There is a 3D printed case available for the FlashRom 99!
To access the blog entry on the available case by << CLICKING HERE >>              Posted Image
 






Really hope to get one of these soon
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So ... how do we get one?  :)

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So ... how do we get one?  :)

 

Send a personal message to "ralphb" by clicking << HERE >>.

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Details. does it do GROM cartridges? Whats the size maximum? What's the limitations? What's the cost?

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If I remember correctly the cost, with the exchange rate at the time was about $60.00 US.  

 

No, it does not do GROM cartridges.

I believe the maximum size of an image is 32K due to the TI's limitations. You can store up to 171 images at the same time! 

 

There is more information on this device << HERE >> and << HERE >>.

You can also check out the creators message  thread << HERE >>.

Details. does it do GROM cartridges? Whats the size maximum? What's the limitations? What's the cost?

 
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where has this been all my life? ordered one by email.

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Better later than never... I forgot to add Stuart's Internet Browser!  Jedimatt converted that one too.  So now you can have TIMXT & SIB on the same cartridge!  AWESOME!

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I'm looking forward to receiving the case for the FlashROM 99.  I'll be doing a separate blog entry and video on this once I receive it.

 

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I ordered the BLACK version without the TI logo or the FlashROM 99 text.

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As promised, the blog entry for the new FlashROM 99 case is at

<< THIS LINK >> I hope you enjoy it.  

 

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I am going to have to get one of these lol

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FINAL ENTRY:

 

As of 09/12/2018 this cartridge could still be obtained over eBay, but it's no longer a recommended purchase since the newer FinalGROM 99 can do so much more.  

 

Because of the changes in the TI 'user-scape', this entry is being locked into "time-vault" mode.

 

Thanks for reading this and making this entry popular.  - Ω 

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