The AMAZING "FlashROM 99" Cartridge -- (Modified 9/24/2018)
NOTE/UPDATE: The cartridge has been superseded by the new FinalGROM 99.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.
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’.
There is a 3D printed case available for the FlashRom 99!
To access the blog entry on the available case by << CLICKING HERE >>