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Getting back into the TI-99/4A easily & quickly! (updated 8/20/2017)

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TI-99/4A Classic Computing Nostalgia
Getting back into the TI-99/4A easily & quickly! (updated 8/20/2017)

The 'classic' TI-99/4A computer has been getting much more popular 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 blog entry shows one popular configuration that  is bringing people back into the TI world with a 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 greatly vary, 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 connect you with a source for a FlashROM 99 that gives one access to HUNDREDS of free programs and games!
 
If you want some really cool cases to enclose both your FinalGROM 99, FlashROM 99 or sidecar 32K device
<< CLICK HERE >>.
 
If you are asking, ”WHERE do I get all the FREEBIE programs to use on my new system”,
<< CLICK HERE >> and download them ALL!  When your system arrives, just slide them
onto an SD card, plug it into the FlashROM 99 or the newer FinalGROM 99 and you are good to go!
 
Welcome to the TI world!  :) 
 
If you want more detailed information on all the individual items mentioned, click on the links below.
 
FlashROM 99 STUFF
 
The Amazing FlashROM 99 Cartridge
3D Printed Case for the FlashROM 99
 
 
32K Memory Expansion Stuff
 
Plug-N-Play 32K Memory Expansion
Case for 32K Memory Expansion
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  :thumbsup:
 
UPDATE 02/27/2017
There was a very nice article on the TI-99/4A in "The Register" written by: Shaun Nichols
you might find it interesting.  (See attachment below)

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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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As time marches on, some of my old entries (like this one) get a little "dated".  I updated some items today, but notice that I'll need to do a couple more changes and an addition.  Please check back in a few days for more updated information.

 

I've been extremely busy lately and have had very little time for the hobby.  :(

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