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#26 dphirschler OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:10 PM

I have three beige consoles:

- My main "mod" computer.  Currently with VGA a blue power LED, and soon to have internal speech.  This one has a blue power switch.

- a beige QI with 1981 firmware.  This one has a red power switch.

- a completely stock model (with blue power switch).

 

All three have good keyboards (ie, non-Mitsumi).  If you are in the market for a beige unit, make sure you check out the under side.  You don;t need a very good photo to see it

is not a Mitsumi keyboard.  Those keyboards have a brown/reddish color to them.  The good keyboards are green and you can see solder points all over it.

 

FWIW, I also have a black/silver model.  I prefer the later versions of this.

 

I never ever saw a beige speech synth except prototype photos.  I think I saw one here on this forum.  I wish somebody would make a mold of it. 

 

I came close to winning an auction of about twenty joysticks all thrown in a box, about six of them were beige joysticks.  I wanted it so bad!  I only wanted one beige set and I was going to sell the rest.  But somebody beat me.  Ebay can be a bitch sometimes!  lol.  It was probably mdude that won.  So instead I got an Atari 400 joystick.  It's beige and exactly the same as the CX40 Atari joystick.  Look it up.  It's awesome!

 

 

Darryl



#27 dphirschler OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:11 PM

I actually prefer the beige TI.

 

<ducks>

 

... especially the power switch.  See my post on adding an LED to it.



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:46 PM

sml_gallery_35324_1027_12616.jpg  What is a beige cartridge? 



#29 Casey OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:59 PM

The unit I had as a child had the blue power switch (I didn't know they came in red until not too long ago).  It also had the 1981 operating system, so no problem with the Atarisoft cartridges.  As it aged, the keyboard started to repeat letters many times as you typed on it, to the point where it wasn't really usable.  I remember back in the day Radio Shack used to sell replacement beige TI 99/4A keyboards by themselves but of course, I didn't need one when they were selling them and I no longer have the machine.



#30 Ksarul OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:22 PM

Actually, it wasn't MDUDE that bought that mass of joysticks, it was me. . .but I only kept two pair of the Beige sticks--the other three were trading material, and long gone.



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:45 PM

I actually prefer the beige TI.

 

<ducks>

 

... especially the power switch.  See my post on adding an LED to it.

 

I do too. It is less easy to damage (externally), the power switch is much better and I think it looks great personally. I recently scored one for $10 after foolishly selling my last one off about a year ago (that I found at a Goodwill no less) and this one is also a non-v2.2 model. I have never come across a v2.2 beige model but it seems people hate it mostly because of this. And, you have some that hate beige I suppose. I guess I like it because I come from beige computers (ie: Amiga) and the beige TI is the first I ever owned as well.



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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:59 PM

Yeah, we can all poke fun at the "Plain Jane" beige model, but it's all in good fun, like with this video here...

... in the end we all know people have different likes, tastes and goals in the TI hobby.



#33 oracle_jedi OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:59 PM

I actually prefer the beige TI.

 

<ducks>

 

... especially the power switch.  See my post on adding an LED to it.

 

Yeah me too - and thanks for the instructions on adding the LED.

 

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#34 dphirschler OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:30 PM

Actually, it wasn't MDUDE that bought that mass of joysticks, it was me. . .but I only kept two pair of the Beige sticks--the other three were trading material, and long gone.

No hard feelings.  But man, you broke my heart!  Didn't even know they existed until that auction.  And I thought I was the only person that noticed they were beige.  They kind of looked like they were black and reflecting light to the untrained eye.

 

Darryl






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