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#1 AMenard OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 2, 2017 7:09 PM

Hi,

I've been setting up my own little retro computer lab recently an in the process acquired a beige TI99 in working condition. Like I did with my Apple IIe, atari 130xe and C128, I would like to acqire a few modern devices to make using these computer more efficient.

I know about the nanoPEB, the CF7+ And the side 32k expansion that ArcadeShopper advertise, but none of them seems to be available. I'm still looking for a full size PEB but they're rare in my neck of the wood and most who are selling them charge sometime more than the PEB for shipping.

Since I want to code in assembly and in XB I will need that 32k exp and also something to save to.

Anybody knows of another source or group to buy those expansions?

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Posted Sat Dec 2, 2017 7:18 PM

Hi,

I've been setting up my own little retro computer lab recently an in the process acquired a beige TI99 in working condition. Like I did with my Apple IIe, atari 130xe and C128, I would like to acqire a few modern devices to make using these computer more efficient.

I know about the nanoPEB, the CF7+ And the side 32k expansion that ArcadeShopper advertise, but none of them seems to be available. I'm still looking for a full size PEB but they're rare in my neck of the wood and most who are selling them charge sometime more than the PEB for shipping.

Since I want to code in assembly and in XB I will need that 32k exp and also something to save to.

Anybody knows of another source or group to buy those expansions?

 

Keep watching ebay and arcadeshopper.  The NanoPEB comes available from time to time.

 

Also follow the TIPi topic in the development area HERE

 

Of course you will need a 32k sidecar to get the expanded memory.  The TiPi is going to be a must have device when it's released.



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Posted Sat Dec 2, 2017 8:35 PM

I'm still looking for a full size PEB but they're rare in my neck of the wood and most who are selling them charge sometime more than the PEB for shipping.
 

 

What is your neck of the woods?  I have a spare P-Box in great working condition, looks good, disk drive, controller and 32K.  I have ZERO interest in shipping, but I'd do local pickup for $100.00 even to someone in need and not just looking to flip it for a profit.



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Posted Sun Dec 3, 2017 11:33 AM

Dont forget the FinalGROM99 

 

https://endlos99.git...io/finalgrom99/

 

 

I am in the UK and Ti99 stuff is pretty rare here. The home computer market was so cut throat in the 80's that there was very little apart from Cartridges and Cassettes sold.  The original cost of a PEB was so high in the UK i dont think there were many sold or now survive. My next upgrades are likely to be new 32K and TiPi  sidecars.   When they are available..  i hope :)   



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Posted Sun Dec 3, 2017 11:44 AM

What is your neck of the woods?  I have a spare P-Box in great working condition, looks good, disk drive, controller and 32K.  I have ZERO interest in shipping, but I'd do local pickup for $100.00 even to someone in need and not just looking to flip it for a profit.


I'm in Canada... Province of Quebec as stated below my avatar pic. This also explain why the peb is hard to come by since it wasn't really popular up here.

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Posted Sun Dec 3, 2017 11:52 AM

Dont forget the FinalGROM99 
 
https://endlos99.git...io/finalgrom99/
 
 
I am in the UK and Ti99 stuff is pretty rare here. The home computer market was so cut throat in the 80's that there was very little apart from Cartridges and Cassettes sold.  The original cost of a PEB was so high in the UK i dont think there were many sold or now survive. My next upgrades are likely to be new 32K and TiPi  sidecars.   When they are available..  i hope :)


Yes, the finalgrom99 is quite the device to get. I'll try to get one once I've got some way to load and save the code that I'll write on the TI99. This is my first priority.

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Posted Sun Dec 3, 2017 12:03 PM

I've writen to arcadeshopper asking if there's a waiting list or a way to be informed when they get back in stock. In the mean while I'm watching ebay for any good deal on a classic peb or a modern one.

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Posted Mon Dec 4, 2017 4:50 PM

Check kijiji, ive seen a few PEBs on there, I think a guy near Ottawa was selling one recently

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Posted Fri Dec 8, 2017 4:53 PM

Someone on the "TI 99ers" Facebook page just posted 2 PEBs with drives and cards for sale in Quebec City.

https://www.facebook...55883103574844/



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Posted Fri Dec 8, 2017 6:39 PM

Someone on the "TI 99ers" Facebook page just posted 2 PEBs with drives and cards for sale in Quebec City.
https://www.facebook...55883103574844/


Waiting to be added to the group. Will ask if he's willing to ship.
Quebec city from my home is an 8 hours round trip by car...

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Posted Fri Dec 8, 2017 8:26 PM

Yeh!

He's looking at the shipping options and he'll get back to me for the ammount to pay. I thook the one with rs232, 32k and floppy.
Oh, I'm going to have a nice Christmass if this deal comes true.

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Posted Fri Dec 8, 2017 9:07 PM

Congratulations!
Welcome to the club!

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Posted Sat Dec 9, 2017 5:35 AM

A big thank you to the person who said that I was looking for the PEB on facebook, and to this community as a whole!
I wont forget it.

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Posted Sat Dec 9, 2017 6:49 AM

We hope to see you here sharing your enthusiasm, excitement and adventures along the way. :) 



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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:54 PM

The PEB should ship this thursday. I should receive it by next week depending on Canada Post.
I'm like a child waiting for Santa :-)

I was wondering... Has anyone ever developped some new or reinvented cards for the PEB? I know someone made an interface to put the Speech Synth inside the PEB, but what about a CF/IDE type interface or other devices? I think the Tipi will be available as a PEB card, no?

My next holy grail will be the PHP-1270 and UCSD Pascal. But that is only once I learned ASM and Forth. So in a few years LOL!

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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:35 PM

There are more PEB boards out there than you might imagine, although a lot of them are difficult to find now. There is a SASI controller (the Myarc personality card, very rare); an MFM hard disk controller (The Myarc HFDC, relatively hard to find); an IDE controller (Nouspikel IDE, hard to find at the moment, but I am busy slowly reimagining it with through hole components); two different SCSI controllers (one from WHT and one from SNUG, both somewhat hard to find). There is a handful of double density disk controller cards (from CorComp, Myarc, Atronic, SNUG, and even TI), lots of memory cards (including a 1MB SAMS card that is still available--or better said, it will be as soon as I get my next batch of boards in), and all kinds of really odd but useful cards, like the MBP Clock board that also has analog I/O lines; the IEE-488 card, the aforementioned speech board for the PEB (there are actually two choices here, as the CorComp Triple Tech board will do this too); and all kinds of RAM Disk boards.



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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:38 PM

So much fun to be had!

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Posted Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:55 PM

One of my favorite things about the TI... so many options and ways to expand it. Please post a photo of your setup in the pinned thread when it's all put together. 💻

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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:11 AM

One of my favorite things about the TI... so many options and ways to expand it. Please post a photo of your setup in the pinned thread when it's all put together.

 

Will do.  :thumbsup:



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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:11 AM

The PEB should ship this thursday. I should receive it by next week depending on Canada Post.
I'm like a child waiting for Santa :-)

I was wondering... Has anyone ever developped some new or reinvented cards for the PEB? I know someone made an interface to put the Speech Synth inside the PEB, but what about a CF/IDE type interface or other devices? I think the Tipi will be available as a PEB card, no?

My next holy grail will be the PHP-1270 and UCSD Pascal. But that is only once I learned ASM and Forth. So in a few years LOL!

 

lots of links and info in the FAQ pinned post about cards available :)



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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:13 AM

 

lots of links and info in the FAQ pinned post about cards available :)

 

I'm reading as fast as I can  :grin:

So much catching up to do.



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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:21 PM

It would be great if someone would make a HDX or whatever that has SAMS 1 Meg or more memory.

 

No one even makes as small as 32K chips anymore anywhere.



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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:34 PM

It would be great if someone would make a HDX or whatever that has SAMS 1 Meg or more memory.

 

No one even makes as small as 32K chips anymore anywhere.

 

Are you planning on leaving 100% emulation Rich and going back to Iron?  If so, congratulations.

 

I'm not in the market for either myself, but *IF* I was still in P-Box goodies acquisition mode, I'd rather the memory card be part of a flex card (fire hose) replacement as it would be of use to a larger audience.


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Posted Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:01 PM

 

Are you planning on leaving 100% emulation Rich and going back to Iron?  If so, congratulations.

 

I'm not in the market for either myself, but *IF* I was still in P-Box goodies acquisition mode, I'd rather the memory card be part of a flex card (fire hose) replacement as it would be of use to a larger audience.

I do have real Iron but use emulation as it does not have BREAK DOWN ISSUES and I am not a hardware guy that can repair on the spot.

 

I only suggest this as I have noticed a trend that what ever hardware is made you see it in emulation later...so that would benefit BOTH SIDES!


Edited by RXB, Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:01 PM.


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Posted Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:46 AM

I was wondering... Does anybody have a BOM of the part needed to refurbish the PEB PSU? After more than 30 years at least the electrolytic caps needs replacing.

Same goes for the 99. The 99 PSU can be replaced by a PC PSU according to http://www.mainbyte....wer_supply.html but isn't the console regulators expecting +16V?


Edited by AMenard, Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:46 AM.





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