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Strips, Cards, Manuals, Labels, 3D Objects & More! - Updated (07/12/2019)

This is not my usual blog entry. This is more of a CHEAT SHEET to links that can be hard to find of downloadable books, manuals, keyboard strips, reference cards, etc.   Clicking on the links will take you to the message where the item is available for download.   3D PRINTER FILES     CF7+ 3D Case  (Added 07/06/2019)   CartShells Speech Synthesizer Enclosure Texas Instruments LOGO Coaster   Off-site TI related 3D files   C
 

An updated EDITOR for the TI-99/4A that works with ALL the new technology!

What's more appropriate for NEW gear on older computers, than updated versions of older software? Some legacy programs have 'issues' when dealing with newer gear or storage formats. Some older editors like TI-Writer or BA-Writer leave 'garbage'(see first reply below) at the end of a file which can interfere with programs like 4A/DOS when it's trying to process a batch file. Some older programs cannot use all their functions on newer gear. This editor program works flawlessly. Some legac

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3D Printers - New Tech protecting our new "TI-Toys" (Updated 07/02/2019)

Currently, few people have a decent 3D printer, even fewer people have the design skills to create cool stuff on them. It's really no problem because here at AtariAge we have a diverse community. We have people with almost every skill to fill almost every available niche. One member, who goes by "COREi64" has the printers (currently four), the skill set and the desire to make cool stuff for us. His first design, the 32K case was a work of art. I was so impressed I had to have one, but then

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Getting back into the TI-99/4A easily & quickly! (updated 07/02/2019)

As the 'classic' TI-99/4A home computer has been getting more and more popular over the past couple of years, the TI community is quite literally exploding with new users, hardware and software.  Now has never been a better time to join the community or to 'come back home' from a long absence.   In the past there were a few limitations that held some people back from taking the plunge of getting in, or returning to the TI-99/4A. Some of those limitations were:   1 Limited spa

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NanoPEB & CF7 -- 3D Printed Cases!

The NanoPEB & CF7's have been available for a few years, and now after an extended period of time, appear to be back in limited production again.   Now in the past, like the present, one of the major drawbacks of the Nano PEB & CF7 has been the lack of an available protective case. Many of us were forced to "kludge" something together for that purpose. Some of our solutions were better than others, and many of them did very little to enhance the look of our individual TI system

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JediMatt42's -- Plug-N-Play 32K for the TI-99/4A (updated 7/02/2019)

Back in the day there were a ton of TI-99/4A consoles released into the wild, most of them went 'unexpanded', many ended up in the back of a closet never to see daylight for decades. Why? Because the system add-ons were very expensive, so by the time prices came down, TI had abandoned the home computer market and people had moved on to newer, faster and more powerful computers. An unexpanded TI was very nearly worthless, it still is, but now with this affordable and easy to use 32K device, almos

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Tursi's - Slideshow & TMS9918 converter 'combo package' (UPDATE 10/05/16)

For decades, graphics on the TI-99/4A sucked by contemporary standards. As time marched on, so did the world of static images, leaving the aging TMS9918 all but abandoned for active work. Working with graphics on the TI became slow and cumbersome, compared to modern machines. This 'dual combo' is real easy to use together, and makes using graphics on the TI a viable alternative again. Click on the video for a short example.       CONVERT9918 The last two video

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Using your classic VGA based gear on contemporary flat-screen TV's

You want to use your F18A enhanced computer, vintage game machine or other VGA equipped classic computer on your fancy new big screen television set? Think again, most new TV’s no longer support VGA or S-Video inputs. Don’t you just love planned obsolescence and cost saving methods? What’s a hobbyist to do?   There are many different VGA to HDMI converters available for sale. The Sewell Hammerhead is on the upper end of the price scale, but there are other more reasonably priced device

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A new 3D printed case for the FlashROM 99. (Edited 8/01/2016)

The months of June & July of 2016 were exciting times for users of the classic TI-99/4A "Home Computer". We were lucky enough to get not one, but TWO new goodies! The first was the << FlashROM 99 >> and the second was the new 3D printed case. It didn't take long for this thing to hit the market either. The reason? A new Atari Age user who goes by << c0d3m4st4 >> designed, printed and released this thing in record time.   So check out my video below, and if y

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The AMAZING "FlashROM 99" Cartridge -- (Modified 7/02/2019)

The FlashROM 99   NOTE/UPDATE: This cartridge has been superseded by the new FinalGROM 99. The FlashROM 99 that came out in May of 2016 and proved to be a definite paradigm shift in cartridge technology for the TI-99/4A. In the past, if one wanted cartridge based programs they either had to buy an EEPROM programmer, like the MiniPRO TL866CS, and some chips, and do it themselves, or pay someone else to do it.   With the old method of getting things into a cartridge,

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Making "One-Off" Cartridge Labels for your TI-99/4A (Updated 7/02/2019)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a video worth?   Back in the Day, most cartridge labels made at home by people looked pretty "amateur". Back then I saw Dymotm stick on strips, plain paper with typewriter text, rub on dry transfer lettering among other stuff. Now days with modern PC's we can make labels at home that look BETTER than the original labels made by Texas Instruments.   Now it's EASY to print up your own! Even if you don't have the graphic

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.BIN Repository BACKUP (+extra stuff) -- Updated (03/22/2017)

to the .BIN Repository BACKUP Notes: RED, BLUE & YELLOW boards can use the same images Items with a * denote newer 'homebrews' IF DATA APPEARS TO WRAP TO THE NEXT LINE, HOLD DOWN THE "CTRL" BUTTON AND PRESS (-) MINUS UNTIL IT LOOKS PROPER Compilation Cartridges Filename Author Description Post Link EducartsRom.bin Compiled by Gazoo TI Education Cartridges Message #28 Gamecart.bin Compiled by Gazoo Many of the best games for the TI Message #28 Gamecart2.bin Compiled by Gazo

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Making ones own cartridges! -- (Modified 07/02/2019)

For little less than the price of some 'Homebrew' cartridges, one can purchase their own burner, download the free images << AVAILABLE HERE >> and make cartridges to suit their immediate needs. Later as interests change, erase and re-burn! Why not consider a burner and take your TI hobby to a new level?   A while back, some of the 'TI-gods' got together, envisioned, designed, debugged and built the truly amazing "Uber Cart". The Uber Cart has been used for some really cool

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Some of the BEST threads & blog entries on the TI-99/4A -- (Updated 4/26/2018)

Sometimes one comes across a message thread that stands out from the rest. This blog entry is designed to bring these awesome stand-out threads to the attention of people that either missed them the first time, or are new and have never seen them before. If you know of an excellent message thread that you believe belongs here, please post the link! To get things started here are a few of my favorites: 0 - TI-99/4A Development Resources By: Retroclouds 1 - HOW TO replace PEB PSU

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The BEST menu system for the TI-99/4A ever produced! (F18A) Updated 07/02/2019

We F18A users have enhanced video capability, now we get to use it! Until recently, having an 80 column menu loader (for the F18A), that actually displayed the menu selections in 80 columns, was a dream. And while I doubted this day would ever come, I’m happy to have been wrong in this instance! Sure we’ve had the legacy program called BOOT,(the program tweaked by Tursi a while back), and while I really like the BOOT program, it has a one major limitation… it does not show all that many s

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Bling (with practicality) for the P-Box! (Updated 07/02/2019)

Being that 'necessity is the mother of invention', this project was inevitable... NEED(s): 1) A way to toggle the interrupt line of my HDX. 2) An easy way to reset the memory in the HDX. 3) Wanting to know the P-Box's temperature since I cannot hear the whisper quiet fan. REQUIREMENT(s): 1) Look good. 2) Be functional. 3) Not permanently desecrate my classic computers case. 4) Not lose any storage capacity. My final solution was to obtain an 'Evercool" PC storage box.

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Is it reliving my past, going back to my computer roots or a 'midlife' issue?

It's amazing how many configurations there can be for one little computer. Over the years my system(s) have changed quite a bit. Now as I relive my youth through my Classic TI-99/4A, I'm finding that I'm having much more fun the second time around! Here is a walk down memory lane with photos... My TI-99/4A in 1985 Notice the 300 baud acoustical modem? Back then, when the BBS was busy, re-dialing was NOT fun! My TI's configuration in 1987 I had to 'downsize' a little so I buil

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Updating the WICO "Command Control" Trackball

UPDATING THE WICO TRACKBALL Needing a simple project to alleviate the ‘boredom factor’, I purchased a Wico ‘Command Control’ trackball unit for my classic computer. I knew before ordering that the RED color of the device, ‘simply would NOT do’, as it appears cheap (at least to me). Since I really like the black & silver styling of my classic computer, I figured, “Why not make everything match?” BEFORE PHOTO (CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE) That YELLOW trackball looked pretty aged to me

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Can you hear me now... over the fan? -- (Excellent new comment 12/13/2017)

The TI-99/4A section of Mainbyte.com is a great site for any TI'er. There are a some really great ideas for system modifications listed there, both simple and complicated. What really makes this site shine are the HIGHLY DETAILED instructions for the hardware modifications. This place will give even a newbie the confidence to tackle jobs they normally might not have considered.   Now recently I went there looking for a potential new project for my TI, only to be reminded that I've been negl

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A PS/2 Keyboard on a TI-99/4A (Updated 1/6/2018)

In the early 80's, keyboards on 'lower-end' computers left many users wanting improvement. The TI-99/4A did not have the worst keyboard out there, but there was still room for improvement. One company of the era took up the challenge, but I'm sorry to say, it missed the mark a little...     Image of Rave keyboard 'liberated' from: << this Mainbyte article >>. The Rave keyboard was an improvement of sorts, but the technology of the time was larger, requiring that

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The TI-99/4A Internet Browser! (Updated 06/25/16)

Sometimes miracles do happen. Years ago the idea of having an Internet browser for the TI-99/4A was just another “pie in the sky” pipe dream, a “what if” or an “if only”, well, no more! Stuart Conner, one of Atari Age’s leading TI-99/4A “Uber-Programmers” made it a reality.   Stuart was not content to just make a browser compatible with P-Box RS-232 cards, like every other communications program in existence for the TI. No, Stuart decided to think of the Nano-PEB users as well. As of this

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CorComp "Real Time Clock" -- (Updated 07/25/16)

I had searched high, and low, I tried to get one built, and I tried to obtain one in it’s many different forms. Along the way I even irritated one individual with my unrelenting search. To that guy, I apologize, it was not intentional, but if you’re reading this, look on the bright side, you’ll never have to read another message concerning that quest again.   On November 27th, 2014 I received a PM from the late and Great "Gazoo" (R.I.P.), who had made me an offer I could not refuse. So G

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80 Track TI Floppy Drive Modification (Multiply storage capacity cheaply) -- Modified 09/01/2016

This is one of the most cost effective modifications that you could ever hope to perform on your TI. Where else can you double or even quadruple your storage capabilities for so little money? If you've already purchased the Lotharek HxC, or a 3.5" drive, you'll easily and instantly double your storage capability.   Atari Age user sjt made a GREAT POST << HERE >>with photos of this project.   Atari Age user atrax27407 of Hummingbird EPROM's will burn the chips for you and send y

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The #1 Modification for the TI-99/4A was... (updated 7/02/2019)

The F18A Video Enhancement Board   Retro Computing on the TI-99/4A can be a blast from the past for many of us, but nothing can ruin the experience faster than blurry, distorted or snowy images. Are we really going to dump hundreds of dollars into re-acquiring old equipment, as well as the cool new toys coming out, only to view a crappy picture over some lousy old TV or monitor? Heck NO, and we didn't have to, because as many of us in the community already know, before it was discontin

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