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#3713550 TI-99 Art on Retropie

Posted by 99er on Wed Mar 8, 2017 8:59 AM

Hmmm... something more for my bucket list.


LOL While there are plenty of plans out there for these bartop cabinets, I cheated and bought a kit on eBay.  I got mine a year or so ago and the price has gone up a little (but there are some new features, like a pre-cut slot for T molding), but the same seller is still offering them.




For anyone that's interested, I do have the arcade-style joystick and buttons to add to this, and they are working with the Retropie (including the TI99 emulation).  To do it I followed the Adafruit instructions and used their software: https://learn.adafru...ntrols-hardware

#3711634 TI-99 Art on Retropie

Posted by 99er on Sun Mar 5, 2017 7:53 PM


I'm setting up a bartop arcade with MAME and several consoles installed, including the TI-99/4A.  I'm using Retropie, and with the latest version, you can install TI99sim using the Retropie setup script (it's located under 'manage experimental packages').  I've never had any luck getting the built-in scraper to work so I'm using Stephen Selph's scraper (with thegamesdb.net as the database) to download game art, and it works for all of the systems except the TI.  Googling around a bit, I see that there should be a TI99 folder with a file named gamelist.xml located at /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/ and also at /home/pi/.emulationstation/gamelists/.

Neither of those locations has a TI99 folder on my system. Has anyone else gotten this working, or do any of the Linux experts out there have any suggestions?





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#3549109 List of TI Cartridges

Posted by 99er on Sun Jul 10, 2016 9:45 AM



Searchable, sortable, includes many cart pics, screens, and manuals.  May not be complete, but anyone is welcome to register and add.  :)



#3543750 Lotharek .hfe disk image links?

Posted by 99er on Sat Jul 2, 2016 8:19 AM

Here is a link to hundreds (thousands?!?) of .hfe files from the 2014 Chicago Faire disk:




(Not sure why they're in the video directory...  :/)


Navigate up one directory for the ISO image of the disk.


I don't know if it might help anyone, but here's a link to my info about the Gotek (Lotharek knock-off):



I'm going to post something soon about adding a LCD display and 3rd button.



#3535858 Kind of OT: Great Deal on Make Electronics Books

Posted by 99er on Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:44 AM

Humble Bundle is running a great bundle of DRM-free electronics ebooks books from Make:




It's 'pay what you want', but if you pay at least $15, you'll get all of the books.  That includes volumes 1, 2, and 3 of The Encyclopedia of Electronic Components.


Hurry up-  only 9 more days left!



#3530139 TI-99/4A manuals and documentation project

Posted by 99er on Sun Jun 12, 2016 10:30 AM

I can't remember if I scanned that copy of the User's Reference Guide or not, but that definitely looks like a good candidate for re-scanning.  I'll dig out one of my hard copies and scan it in as soon as I get a chance.  I've been slowly re-scanning, or at least cleaning up, the docs I have on 99er.net.  I posted it before, but if anyone is interested, ScanTailor is great for cleaning up document images, and it's free.  I explain how I use it here: http://99er.net/blog...ting-documents/.  I also started a TI99 database with the goal of having a central place where anyone can upload and download information, including books and manuals.  Unfortunately, I did not know about the ti99iuc.it database or I wouldn't have duplicated efforts, especially with what a great job he's done.  Still, no point in deleting it after all the work - it's at http://www.ti99db.org/index.php.



#3429849 Ninerpedia and 99er.net offline?

Posted by 99er on Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:50 PM

It has been a long and frustrating few weeks... :-o   But, I think everything is just about working now.  I'd offered to host Chris Schneider's SHIFT838 site, but I was getting some errors with the software that we wanted to use to send out his newsletter.  My hosting company suggested that the solution would be to move my account to a new server.  That sounded fine, but when they moved everything, it triggered a bunch of errors on Ninerpedia.  Once a few more thing were straightened out, Michael was able to install a newer version of Media Wiki.  Then, last week, I found that when I went to 99er.net, I was getting a message that my account was suspended.  It seems that the hosting company forgot to tell me that when they moved everything to a new server, there would be a new IP address.  Once I updated the DNS entries, everything was working again.  But, everything that I had uploaded since December was now on the old server.  I think I've gotten just about everything caught up now.  My apologizes to Michael, and my thanks to him for all of the work he does with Ninerpedia.  

I've been with the same hosting company for 11 years now, and things have always gone pretty smoothly.  I get unlimited disk space as well as bandwidth (which is why I'm happy to host other sites), and the price has always been right, so I hope this was just a small bump.  

Okay, thanks for letting me vent.   :grin:




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#3415789 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by 99er on Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:01 PM

This "seller" is about 5 minutes from my house. They're what I guess you might call a vintage resale shop. It's actually a pretty cool place- the wife and I checked it out when they had an arcade machine for sale that I wanted to check out. They had old magazines, books, radio/tv/film equipment, old equipment from the rubber factories,50s kitchen and household stuff, etc. I think they just buy lots from estate sales and stuff, so I doubt they built it to dump old parts on someone.

Anyways, this aside, it's a cool place-check it out if you're ever on Akron.

#3298685 Apex Software Bomber, Alien Attack & Pilot. Are They on Any DB?

Posted by 99er on Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:15 PM

Nice!  I'd like to add them to http://ti99db.org if that's ok.  I can go ahead and add them, or if you'd like to do it, you're more than welcome to - just message me direct with an email to use for the editor account, or apply for an account on the ti99db.org main page.  You need to click on the 'sign in' button on the main page, and then the 'sign up' button' on the next page.  (Not sure why that's so hidden- I'll have to see if I can fix it)




#3278753 HELP! Need a couple of manuals and a program disk.

Posted by 99er on Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:07 PM

Here's the file.

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#3278657 HELP! Need a couple of manuals and a program disk.

Posted by 99er on Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:07 PM

I don't have a copy of this manual either, but I downloaded the copy that --- Ω --- posted and was about half way through working on it before I noticed that he had posted a cleaned-up version.  Since I was almost done and I had deskewed it, I figured I'd go ahead and post my copy.  


For anyone who's interested, there's a great (and free!) program called Scan Tailor that makes processing scanned pages super easy.  The website is http://scantailor.org/ .


It lets you orient the pages, split pages off (so if you scanned two facing pages of a book, you can separate that scan into two individual pages), deskew them, identify page content, set margins, and clean junk off of them.  You can do this manually for each page, but the real benefit of using the software is that it will batch process all of the pages for you if you choose.  It actually does a really good job on its own, so I usually batch process all of the pages, and then go through each of the thumbnails and fix anything that isn't right.


Since the 'despeck' option sometimes takes out more of the print than I'd like and there were only 10 pages, I processed each pages image and then opened them up in Paint.net and erased any dots or garbage.  


#3269842 dbase type pogram

Posted by 99er on Thu Jul 2, 2015 10:01 PM

If the link to the TI-Base manual expires, I've got a copy at:




There's also a reference card that I scanned in as a seperate PDF, so they're both zipped together as a single file.



#3249154 The Asgard Software Archive

Posted by 99er on Mon Jun 1, 2015 10:40 PM

If you haven't imaged it yet, I have copies of my Spad XIII disk here: http://www.99er.net/...y=Win994a Disks

#3222418 Yahoo Groups

Posted by 99er on Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:50 AM


Rich Polivka, and www.ninerpedia.org is hosted on 99er.net.


Present.   :grin:

#3209913 TI99 Database

Posted by 99er on Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:08 PM



I wasn't aware of your database, but I like it!  I think joining forces would be a good idea, and I activated your account a couple of days ago.  I also just replied to your direct message here- sorry it took a few days, but I was unable to get anything but a blank page from Atari Age.  Not sure why that was, but I finally tried Fire Fox instead of Chrome, so here I am.