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Getting back into the TI-99/4A easily & quickly! (updated 4/9/2019)

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TI-99/4A Classic Computing Nostalgia
Getting back into the TI-99/4A easily & quickly! (updated 4/9/2019)

The 'classic' TI-99/4A home computer has been getting more and more popular over the past couple of years.  The TI community is quite literally exploding with new users, hardware and software.  Now has never been a better time to join the community or to 'come back home' from a long absence.  
 
In the past there were a few limitations that held some people back from taking the plunge of getting in, or returning to the TI-99/4A.  Some of those limitations were:
 
 
1 Limited space for huge legacy peripherals.
2 Limited incomes to purchase the bulky legacy equipment.
3 Ways to easily get FREE software over to the TI from the Internet.
 
All three of those limitations have now been TOTALLY ELIMINATED.
 
This short blog entry shows one popular entry configuration that is bringing people back into the TI world with limited investment and hassle... will you be another one?
 
HOW IT'S DONE
 
First – Obtaining a console is easy << CLICKING HERE >> will take you directly to Ebay where you can pick and choose from an assortment of readily available consoles.  Prices vary greatly, so choose wisely.
 
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Second – << CLICKING HERE >> will connect you with a source for an inexpensive sidecar 32K memory expansion interface.
 
Third - << CLICKING HERE >> will get you a FinalGROM 99 cartridge capable of running most the programs available, assuming you have the 32K memory expansion.
 
FourthWHERE to get all those FREEBIE programs to use on your new system?
<< CLICK HERE >> to download them ALL!  When your system arrives, just slide them
onto an SD card, plug it into the FinalGROM 99 and you are good to go!
 
Once you have all the 'operational hardware', you might consider protecting your investment by getting a couple of cases, one for your 32K memory expansion and one for your FinalGROM 99, the ones I recommend are linked below.
 
3D Printed Case for the FinalGROM 99 Cartridge
Case for 32K Memory Expansion
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  :thumbsup:
 

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Hi,

 

I am new on here as I have just rescued my old TI99/4a from my Mum & Dads loft and fired it

up but does not seem to be working properly. Kinda gutted as I was looking forward to seeing all

my programs I created when I was an imaginative teenager.

Do you know where I could get this repaired?

I live in the UK.

 

Many Thanks.

 

Steve

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I'm sure we can figure it out. Depending on what it's doing.  If you post to the TI computers group with photos/symptoms we can help get it working again.

 

Greg

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I'm sure we can figure it out. Depending on what it's doing.  If you post to the TI computers group with photos/symptoms we can help get it working again.

 

Greg

Thanks Greg I will do just that thanks.

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** UPDATE **

 

A lot has happened in the community over the past couple of years...

The FinalGROM 99 replaced the old FlashROM 99 as "THE CARTRIDGE OF CHOICE" while

one maker of cartridge shells got out of the market, while another one entered... with some amazing matching designs.

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