I just wanted to introduce myself and to thank everyone for being a part of this wonderful active community of TI-99/4A users and developers. My name is Tim and I just dug out my console after it having been in storage for over 35 years. It was my first home computer. My older brother bought it as a present for me. I had been wanting a computer for several years since seeing the TRS-80 in Radio Shack catalogs and was elated to receive it for Christmas in 1982. It was a great addition to my TI collection (Spirit of 76 calc, Little Professor, and Speak & Spell). I spent many joyful nights playing games, hand jamming programs and writing programs of my own.
In 1986, I got a job as a CAD/CAM systems engineer and soon the TI was neglected. It always followed me whenever I moved but never made it out of storage till last week when I stumbled upon Omega's TIPI YouTube video. After watching that I was hooked and inspired to clean the cobwebs off my console and get it setup and running.
After un-boxing it, cleaning it, and checking it out a bit (power adapter and supply voltages, re-seating socketed chips, new arctic silver thermal compound) , I decided to plug everything in and power it up. Doh! the console powered on but gave me the dreaded black screen, continuous tone error! I am now waiting on my shipment of TMS4116-15NL RAM IC's, 16 Pin Dip IC Sockets and a TMS9918ANL VDP. Hopefully this will breathe some life into it and allow me relive part of my youth again!
Again I would like to thank this community for not just keeping the TI-99 alive and well, but for all of the new developments, modifications and upgrades! I hope to join you soon in communicating, learning, using, and contributing to this group.