Now that I have my system functional again, I have been like a child searching through the toy catalogs trying to make a list for Christmas! There is so much information to sift through, and not being a seasoned 99’er, I am confused as how best to equip my system. I have searched through similar posts which are quite helpful, however, development of new and upgraded products (which is great) and my ignorance of how they work, are hindering me from deciding what to do.
My System Hardware:
Black and Chrome Console w/Speech Synth (w/power jumper mod), Jedimatt42 32K Sidecar, Program Recorder and TI Joysticks (non-working (mylar contact sheets need conductive paint repair)
System Upgrade Goals:
To share programs from a central location that I am working on (mainly ex basic) between my console and using an emulator on my Win10 PC.
To utilize the software available on this site (cartridge roms/groms, dsk’s, tapes, etc) on my console.
To get my console online to connect to BBS’s, chat, email, and online games (such as TIPI chess).
What I am sure I need:
What I am thinking I need:
Extended Basic 2.7 Suite Cartridge
4A DOS Cartridge (Automate the TIPI startup)
What I am unsure about but thinking I may need:
FinalGROM99 (Does this supersede the FlashROM 99?, Do you need both?, Do I need this if I have a TIPI?)
Stuart’s TI-99/4A – Internet Web Browser Cartridge V9.2 (Do I need this if I have a TIPI?)
Which Extended Basic Cartridge? (Extended Basic 2.7 Suite, Extended Basic 3 in 1 – Contains Ti XB, XB2.7 and RXB2015, Extended Basic Fun – Contains XB2.7, XB256, and XB w/The missing link, Cortex Basic)
512K Utilities multi-cart cartridge (This is included in the Extended Basic 2.7 Suite Cartridge but not in the other versions of the XB2.7 cartridges?)
I appreciate that there are so many options to configure your system based upon each person’s interests, wants, needs and goals. There is not a one size fits all configuration. For me, I know that I am very excited to get a TIPI and need help so that I do not overlook options and/or add redundant upgrades.
Thank you in advance for your time and feedback.
Edited by twoodland, Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:14 AM.