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The #1 Modification for the TI-99/4A was... (updated 8/20/2019)

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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.  Were 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 learned, before it was discontinued, Matthew Haggarty came to our rescue with the truly affordable F18A Video Enhancement board.

 

UPDATE --- 02/02/2019 ---

At one point, among Atari Age users, the F18A was the most used video output device for the TI-99/4A.  After being discontinued, the 9918 has regained that spot as more new users have entered the TI community.  Of course, the F18A MK2 will probably change that again after it's release.

 

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There were so many reasons to get one of these video upgrades, some of the most obvious were:

 

1) Crisp and sharp video

2) Ability to use modern HDTV's and computer monitors

3) Ease of installation

4) Reasonably priced

 

However, there were more not so obvious reasons as well:

 

With age, numerous TI systems developed different video issues, the F18A card fixed all of these problems without the owners having to waste literally hours, days or weeks trying to diagnose and identify the specific video chip at fault. They also avoided the hassles of removing the old broken components. Since this is a socketed device, it was a fix even a newbie with no soldering skills could perform.

 

It was only advertised as a functional 9918 replacement, but quite frankly, it had a few tricks up it's sleeve that went above and beyond a crisp, clean, and flicker free picture. This board had HUGE additional benefits that many people, myself included enjoy...

 

...80 COLUMN MODE...

 

Yep! The F18A displays 80 columns in programs like the Multiplan, BOOT, 4A/DOS, Force Command and the Tursi modified BA-Writer and many more. With the sheer number of F18A's out in the wild, it had become the de-facto standard. I'm hoping more stuff becomes available for it's replacement in the coming years.

 

Here are a few screenshots taken from my system....

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The attached PDF file below contains all the known programs to currently take advantage of the F18A's 80 column mode or enhanced graphics capabilities. (As of 1 January, 2015)

You can download a few of the major 80 column compatible programs << HERE >>

 

This was the #1 upgrade for the TI-99/4A.  Everyone gained from this device, from the lowly newbie or returning user with only the basic console, to the rabid TI zealot with a totally over-blown and radically expanded system.  As we wait patiently for the F18A MK2, 

 

Another Atari Age user, Vectrex Roli made a neat little You Tube video about this card, take a peek here...

 

 

*** UPDATE -- 09/21/2016

If you want to use this device on a modern flat screen TV that only has an HDMI connector << CLICK HERE >> for more information about VGA to HDMI converters.

 

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My F18A is on its way. You missed 1 benefit of the F18A ;) well kinda goes with being able to use modern tv/computer monitor...freeing up desk space :D no big old CRT on the desk

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Haha yea :) I just got my F18A its AWESOME! Hardest part of the install cutting hole in casing for the connector. The F18A board itself just plugs in :) super easy. I've tried a few games, Rasmus's F18A enabled games of course look really good, but even non F18A enabled games like Pac-Man nvr looked better :D definitely the must have mod for any TI-99/4A enthusiast

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Sorry to hear that the F18A is no longer available. I snoozed, I loosed!

Bummer.

 

Maybe someone else will carry the torch.

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stop. The F18A IS available. The NanoPEB is not longer available.

 

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It appears the maker has started making the NanoPEB's again after a long discontinuation.

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