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  1. I own two uIECs, the MegaCart and two of the 32K cards, I can recommend all of them. I don't own an FE3, but I intend to order at least one later in the year. I expect it won't replace the MegaCart since that provides all memory options as well as all ROM games available from a menu. I do like that the FE3 means I don't have to keep an uIEC connected. If I had to choose between a MegaCart and an FE3 I would choose the MegaCart. The convenience of the ROM games plus the DOS wedge outweight the convenience of having SD card functionality built in on the FE3.
  2. Some more suggestions for your consideration: Pitfall! Cartridge (Rare) or Disk Coded in 2009 by Retroclouds, Pitfall is a port from the ColecoVision and is a remarkably faithful reproduction of the classic game on the TI. The game was originally released just for download, but later reproduction labels were made up and Pitfall cartridges sold. If I remember, you still need a 32K expansion to run the cartridge. The finished cartridges were sold by Retroclouds as well as John Guidy. The game can still be downloaded and run on a TI with 32K expansion and a disk drive. Robotron 2084 Cartridge (Unreleased) All of the Atarisoft titles for the TI were excellent and usually better than the Atari ports. Two titles were not released; Super Storm and Robotron 2084. Robotron is not quite finished, there are some features from the game missing on the TI port. Nonetheless it is a fast and furious game and well worth obtaining a 64K board from John Guidy and a PROM of the game. This has not been hacked to run from disk as far as I know, so the only way to play it on a real TI is to obtain the PROM and a board to mount it on. Fathom (speech) Cartridge (Common) The TI port of the classic 2600 game makes use of the TI’s superior graphics as well as the speech synthesizer. Smooth animation and responsive controls add to this classic game. Treasure Island Cartridge (Rare) One of the last TI cartridges released, the Data East game transfers well to the TI platform. Moonsweeper Cartridge (Rare) Another Imagic game ported to the TI. Very colorful and smooth graphics and good action. Othello Cartridge (Very Common) Not an arcade game, but a good implementation of the classic game. Yahtzee Cartridge (Common) Not an arcade game, but a good implementation of the classic game. Rather slow. Hen Pecked Cartridge (Very Rare) By Romox, Hen Pecked is an excellent implementation of Joust on the TI. Backsteine Disk This game by Quinton Tormanen & Steve Mehr is a high quality implementation of Arkanoid on the TI. TI99 Clickety Disk Written by Mark Hull, this is apparently modeled on Bejeweled. I have not played Bejeweled but I have spent many hours playing TI 99 Clickety. I have not seen this on cartridge, so the best option is to get a NanoPEB and download this from the TI99 Game Shelf. Neverlander Disk Another outstanding game from Mark Hull, Neverlander is a cross between Lunar Lander and Caverns of Mars. Very smooth animation and good use of the TI’s colors. I have not seen this on cartridge, so the best option is to get a NanoPEB and download this from the TI99 Game Shelf. Acturus Cartridge (Extremely Rare) or Disk. Exceltec engineered two 24K games that plugged into the expansion port rather than the ROM port; Arcturus and Killer Caterpillar. Arcturus is a high quality implementation of Zaxxon on the TI. The game was later cracked and dumped to disk. It can be loaded if you have a 32K expansion and a disk drive. Frogger Cartridge (Common) Released by Parker Bros, Frogger on the TI was almost as good as the Atari version. Popeye Cartridge (Common) Released by Parker Bros, Popeye on the TI was even better than the Atari version. Breakthru Cartridge (Very Rare) A very good implementation of Breakout. Barrage Cartridge (Very Rare) Missile Command for the TI with smooth graphics Computer War Cartridge (Extremely Rare) or Disk. This game was developed by Thorn EMI but never released. The game was later picked up by MicroFat and released on cartridge. The game is also now available for download if you have 32K expansion and a disk drive. Submarine Commander Disk. Another Thorn EMI game that was unreleased, this game was never picked up by anyone else. The game is the best implementation of Submarine Commander surpassing both the Atari and the VIC-20 for graphics. There are some bugs however and the game will crash from time to time. But can be played to completion. Not an arcade game, but excellent nonetheless. Warzone II Disk. This Xevious clone by Quinton Tormanen again shows the TI can pull off a vertical scrolling shoot ‘em up. Most of the above games can be downloaded and run on a TI with 32K expansion and disk drive. Note that Robotron is an exception to this. With thanks to Walid Maalouli of the TI Game Shelf: http://tigameshelf.net/
  3. Most of the best software needs an 8K or 16K expansion. The 32K card covers both of those needs. It also places 8K of RAM in BLK5 to allow dumped ROMs to be played. Such ROMs are easily downloaded from the net and loaded via tape, disk or SD card It does not emulate a 3K expansion card, whereas the MegaCart does.
  4. What are you thinking of here? Code that emulates a USB keyboard allowing the Atari to act as the input device to the PC? Could you add code to emulate a USB mouse too? Maybe using the trackball or touch pad as input devices? Or the Atari ST mouse. Include code for the CX85 numeric pad? Would allow us to use our Atari's as a retro laptop dock, the 1200XL keyboard is massively superior to the one on the Dell, and I hate laptop track pads sooo much. Ideally the code would not need any boot-up configuration, and could be burned to an Atarimax cartridge. That way I dont need to turn on the monitor on the Atari, just hook the SIO2USB cable into the laptop, power up the Atari and start typing. If that's the idea here then count me in.
  5. Possibly video memory failure. The 16K of video RAM was also used by TI BASIC to store program data. Hence when you enter commands it causes further unexpected behaviour. Have to agree with tremoloman2006 here. TI consoles are plentiful and usually extremely reliable. Best option might be to find another unit rather than try to troubleshoot the one you have. They are cheap because TI sold something like three million of them, and being built like tanks, they have a much higher survival rate than computers from many other manufacturers.
  6. I stand corrected, apparently Final Expansion 3 is available again: http://retro-donald.de/sinchai-shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=77 The FE3 gives you the extra RAM and can present SD cards as though they are disks. It includes the IEC cable too. Obviously this WONT work on anything but a VIC.
  7. Yes, that's the one I have, and it works on the C64, C128 and Plus/4 as well. You will also need an IEC cable and a memory expansion to run the software on the VIC. IEC Cable: http://store.go4retro.com/products/Commodore-IEC-Disk-Drive-Cable.html 32K RAM Expansion http://sleepingelephant.com/ipw-web/bulletin/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5396&sid=b78d889d634f4038387c8d65f0a30734 MegaCart http://www.mega-cart.com/ Both the 32K RAM expansion and the MegaCart will provide the extra memory needed. The MegaCart is much more functional, but also more expensive. Last I heard there was about a six month waiting list, so check before placing an order. There was also a Final Expansion 3 card available, but I don't think anyone is offering that any more. Occassionaly 24K or 32K cards come up on eBay, but they tend to be expensive. Most VIC-20 games and applications are free to download from the web.
  8. Alley Cat Ballblazer Bandits Black Lamp Boulderdash II David's Midnight Magic II Deluxe Invaders Donkey Kong Junior Dropzone Elektraglide Fort Apocalypse Gridrunner (2011) Gyruss Jet Boot Jack Mercenary Mr. Do Pac-Man (2012) Rainbow Walker Rally Speedway Rescue on Fractalus Robotron 2084 Star Raiders The Last Starfighter Yoomp Zaxxon
  9. Also, if your VIC-20 did not come with a RAM expansion card, and you don't want to pay for the MegaCart (which I strongly recommend you do! - worth EVERY penny) - then you should really consider getting a RAM expansion to be able to play anything decent. The fellow "eslapion" on the Denial forums used to sell a 32K RAM card for $25 plus shipping. It includes a reset button, and allows you to play all games that require extra memory, including dumped ROM games.
  10. I would skip the tape drive and the disk drive, and go straight for a uIEC that accepts SD cards. You can copy files to them right from your PC or Mac, and then read them as if they were on disk on the VIC. Add in a MegaCart and you have a very cool VIC setup. The VIC never exploited the disk drive, so you don't have the limitation that the 64 has, where many titles wont run of the uIEC because it doesn't fully emulate the disk drive. Real 1541 disk drives are slow, noisy, damn heavy and take up acres of desk space. Tapes are insanely slow.
  11. Having lived through the 80s micro-computer revolution gives us a unique perspective on technical things. Back in the 80s people laughed at the Sinclair's rubber-mat keyboards, slow loading times and the small and blurry images on a Sinclair TV. Now I type this post on the rubber mat keyboard of my laptop, wait for Windows to load components of the desktop and apply all of its patches, and watch small, blurry and jittery videos delivered from Youtube.
  12. The seller's Ebay handle is schmutzig1952. The biggest difference between the CF7A+ and the NanoPEB is that the CF7 has a RS232 interface on it, whereas the NanoPEB has a parallel port. They are much more than "just floppy emulators". The expansions include a 32K RAM expansion, a disk controller and emulate up to three floppy drives from disk images on the CF card. The unit allows the user to mount and unmount disk images via BASIC extensions. As for the need for Extended BASIC or the EA cartridge, that depends on the software being loaded, not the CF7A+/NanoPEB difference. Some programs need Extended BASIC, others need E/A. Of course some will run under TI BASIC. I have two of the CF7s and find them to be excellent units. I strongly recommend them.
  13. A word of caution. I have not had the same luck with LCD monitors being able to sync on the NTSC/50 signal that results from a Nir Dary upgrade. The older CRT Commodore monitors can handle the signal just fine, but the LCD monitors I have tried have not been able to display the colour at all. I tried a few Samsung models and got miserable results every time. I hope the Sony LCD does better and I hope you will share the result.
  14. There's alot of people in the TI community who take their systems very very seriously. I had the same trouble joining the Yahoo group, and I think in the end it took intervention from Hal in the Chicago TI group to get the application accepted. It's worth joining, especially if you are active with your TI, which I am not due to time constraints and my Atari being my primary retro system. There is alot of good information in there. But I have to say that the bickering and sniping is appauling. I am told that Jaime Mailong quit the group after the release of his CF7 adapter because of the number of people who complained about the things it didn't do. I have witnessed several flame wars from people angry that someone wants to burn fresh copies of obscure cartridges because such copies will "devalue their investment". I own the original Sparta DOS X but I havn't seen anyone here angry at the folks making new copies for everyone to enjoy, and original cartridges still seem to fetch good prices on Ebay. Still don't let these negatives discourage you, the TI community still centers on the Yahoo group and it is worth the effort to sign up.
  15. Count me in for at least one, probably two. @Gunstar - a true PAL machine should run pretty much all NTSC software. Switching from the NTSC/50 you have now to a true PAL signal will change the following: Output signal will be true PAL, and require a PAL compatible monitor. Many North American colour monitors could handle a 50Hz signal as long as it was still NTSC colour encoding. The updated machine will now be transmitting PAL colour signals. Your 110V Commodore 1701/1702/1084 will only show black and white. Artefacted colours wont work anymore. Software that inspects the PAL/NTSC personality of the GTIA will now see PAL, not NTSC. I have a PAL 800XL, an NTSC 1200XL and a quasi-PAL 1200XL. I cant think of any software that runs on the quasi-PAL 1200XL that wont run on the 800XL.
  16. How about that and a new bottom case plastic for the 1200XL to take the 1400XL motherboard? Yeah, I'd sign up for at least one of those, and probably more.
  17. I had a Commodore 1084S monitor is good working order. I shipped it to a fellow in Alaska via USPS - I packed it pretty well with styrofoam inserts and additional padding. Upon arrival, the fellow reports the following problem: "I had gotten it to power on, but after about 3 minutes, the picture would blur and fade to black. I was able to get it to power on the next day, but the same thing happened, and now I'm not getting any picture or degaussing on further power-ons." Any ideas where to start on this? Assume basic/intermediate solder skills. Thanks
  18. I have a Mk2 Peripheral Expansion Box for a TI99/4A. This is the later model with the rocker power switch. Good working order, the unit includes 32K RAM card, RS-232 card, floppy controller and an SS/SD disk drive. The interface card/fire hose cable is included too. Also included is a TI 10" color monitor, which works but probably needs a service as the contrast makes it hard to read. Local pick up only. $65 cash only. PM me if interested.
  19. There used to be disk images here: http://disk-images.jamtronix.com/ti99/ I cannot verify the address as my work blocks the address. Apparently there's Pornography there too! I knew all those racy TI Artist files would come back to haunt us!
  20. The 800 also includes a composite video out as standard, the 400 only has RF out and looks pretty horrible on most TV sets. Upgrading the 400 to composite/svideo out is a pain in the ***
  21. Thanks for all the replies - does anyone know the jumper(s) I need to get 8040 mode and use of the external ROM?
  22. The 8050 has an internal ROM. On the PCB of the XF is a jumper wire to put the 8050 into 8040 compatibility mode (no internal ROM). In that mode an external (EP)ROM is required, which is U6. Now if I could only remember how to recognize what jumper wire it is. OK, so I am going to have to find and move the jumper (any help appreciated!), solder in a socket into the empty U6, insert the ROM and also probably end up re-soldering the floppy connector. Does sound about right? Not quite the simple upgrade I hoped for! Thanks
  23. I am trying to do the XF551 3.5 mech conversion, and I am confused. I have a 720K drive and the replacement ROM courtesy of TJLazer. I thought it was a straight ROM swap and I read somewhere the ROM is usually socketed. Well my board has a 8050, a WD1772 and no socketed ROM. There is an empty U6 for a 2764 chip. Can I still do the upgrade? What do I need to do here?
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