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  1. @Schmitzi, it looks like the loader and the fille for MiniPede on that disk are for the Extended BASIC version of the program. Bonus here is that that version isn't trying to load into the cartridge space, so it might be more easily manipulated to make it into a FinalGROM image.
  2. I was actually looking at my copy of MiniPede. The box and manual were for the disk version--and all three load options were on the disk (I just need to find my disk).
  3. For those interested in oddball stuff, here's the period proper modulator for the 99/4. Same seller also has an external power supply of the same vintage.
  4. I just located the manual/box in my basement. The CSI disk version came with three flavors of the program on it: MiniMemory, Extended BASIC Assembly loader, and an E/A version. Now I just have to look to see if I still have the disk in my software master copy boxes. . .though not all of those are easily accessible.
  5. The box is probably the hardest part of that lot to find--and it was a bit rough from water damage.
  6. Ksarul

    Eye Candy

    I haven't seen a set of these in a looooonnnngggg time. For some insane reason, I never did buy a set when they were available BITD and they have only shown up for sale a few times in the decades since.
  7. I'm not sure, truthfully. I think the CSI release was available on cassette or on disk, like many of their releases.
  8. probably pixelperfect80s. . .unless I miss my guess. On MiniMemory versions of Centipede, don't forget Minipede. It was ready for release (I even have it on a TI cassette--they were that close to release). The cassettes came out as part of a mixed grab bag of surplus TI cassettes sold by either Tenex or Triton. I think I bought three or four lots of them for the members of the K-Town 99'ers in Kaiserslautern, Germany. There were several copies of Minipede in the lots. I may even still have one somewhere. . .although CSI also released it later under their own label (and I have that one with the box/manual too).
  9. Hopefully, the dog in that photo is OK. . .although the positioning of the legs says that may be otherwise.
  10. I will look, as I think I may have bought that program BITD.
  11. Back while I was living in New Mexico, they performed this song on SNL. I said I liked the song--and everyone else in the house looked at me weirdly as they slowly inched as far away from me as possible. . . .but then again, I got that reaction a lot while I lived there. Another time I was in a VW Bug full of local people and a song I'd never heard came on the radio. I liked it and asked if any of them knew who it was, as it was good music. Right about then, the refrain started: running with the devil. Everyone in the car except for me was a seriously fundamentalist-type. I thought they were going to toss me from the car at highway speed. . .instead they dropped me off at the next cross street and I walked the rest of the way to where I was going.
  12. Here's another Argentine TI site. They have a lot of interesting TI data as well. The TI was manufactured in Argentina, using parts that were for the most part imported from the USA. The TI was only manufactured at two locations in Europe: Holland and Italy, with the majority of that production happening in Italy. The US also sent machines to Brazil and several other countries in South America, so PAL machines weren't a major issue (the motherboard was designed to be easily switched between PAL video chips and NTSC--and the rest of the chips were identical on both). The US also supplied several Pacific countries with both PAL and NTSC variants of the TI, so both were a bit widespread outside of the European PAL and SECAM units.
  13. Here are the schematics for all of the CorComp devices. The board you are looking for is one of them. . . CorComp Schematic Set.zip
  14. Well, that board does say it is for a 990E.MEM.204. . .on the front silkscreen.
  15. 39th week of 1981, LTA says it was manufactured in Lubbock, TX. On the Solid State Software badges, they were to hide the slider slot for the speaker at the back of the cartridge slot. These were only used for their intended purpose (with the volume adjustment slider) on some of the Dimension 4 prototypes (I have one of these) and early 99/4 machines intended for the European market (built in late 1979 and early 1980). I have one of those consoles as well. The entire top shell did not change for a long time, I suspect until the original injection molds wore out, as that would have been the least expensive solution at the time. At some point along the way, they did eliminate the cutout in the top of the case for the IR Joystick attachment (every 99/4 case I have ever seen still has it, though it is hidden by the top aluminum piece). Later replacement molds during the life of the 99/4A then eliminated the slider slot.
  16. Originally sold by Elek-Tek too. They supported TI products pretty heavily from the beginning up until 1986 or so. I'm not sure that the Applications Programs brochure is archived anywhere either. . .
  17. The TI followed several conventions for disk use. Disk management was accomplished with a disk manager program. TI produced cartridges with the disk manager software on them, but there were also generic and hardware specific (read: tuned to specific third-party hardware) disk managers as well. BASIC could load applications using "OLD DSKx.yyyyyyyyyy" where x was the disk number (between 1-3 for some controllers, and 1-4 for others) and yyyyyyyyyy was the filename (note, the TI file system is case sensitive). You could also load from a specific "Disk" by specifying the disk's header name: "OLD DSK.xxxxxxxxxx.yyyyyyyyyy" where xxxxxxxxxx is the disk name and yyyyyyyyyy is the file name on the disk. Lastly, when using Extended BASIC, the system would check DSK1 for a program named "LOAD" when starting BASIC. If the program was there, it would autoload it and execute the program without any required action on the part of the user. I hope this helps. . .
  18. The cartridges built and sold during and shortly after the withdrawal of TI from the Home Computer market should all work on the FinalGROM99. This is because it has both the ROM and the GROM parts of the cartridges stored in its memory. The problems will be with the majority of the homebrew cartridges produced after the year 2000 or so (there are a few earlier ones as well, but most of the problems show up with cartridges written after that date). Most of these homebrew cartridges were designed to use the cartridge memory as a temporary storage area. When you launch the cartridge, it copies the data from the cartridge into your 32K memory space (and there are even a couple that require SAMS memory instead, up to 1M). The program then runs from the regular 32K memory space--not from the cartridge. Pretty much anything created with a compiler follows this model, as do most of the games written and posted here on AtariAge. There are exceptions: any game written by @sometimes99erwill run fine from your FinalGROM99, as they are designed to run out of cartridge space, as are Turmoil by @PeteE and Pitfall! by @retroclouds. As to modern utilities that also run out of the cartridge space: RXB2020 by @RXB, Explorer 1.1 by @FALCOR4, TurboForth by @Willsy, and FBForth by @Lee Stewart
  19. B. R. S. would most likely be Bill R. Sullivan. . .so you would have seen that in some Forth+ documentation, @GDMike
  20. He's still in Berlin, last I knew. He showed up to one of the European Treffs a few years ago, IIRC.
  21. Yes, Restless III would be something refreshing to play, like all of your games, @sometimes99er
  22. I play this game pretty regularly, as it is a lot of fun.
  23. Funny thing here. I was doing some parts hunting a couple of weeks ago and found someone selling a TMS5100 and a TMS5200. I bought both of them, as the prices were not too egregious. The same seller also had a few TMX9918 chips and a few TMS9903s. I bought some of the TMX9918s and the TMS9903s. Definitely an interesting source for odd chips. . .
  24. One note--the comments were cut off at the 80-column point on the original printout, so no further recovery of the ends of those lines is possible without access to the original files in TI-990 format (which we don't have). My copy was rescued from a dumpster at Almelo, Holland when TI cleared out their 99/4A lab there. A Dutch TI user saw something he recognized on his way out of the facility on the day they filled the dumpster, so he stopped to take a look. He filled the entire back of his station wagon with everything he could fit into it and took it home. Unfortunately, when he got back the next morning, the dumpster had already been emptied, so most of the stuff from that lab was lost forever (his car was only big enough to rescue a small fraction of what was in the dumpster in the first place, but it was good that he was at the right place and time to rescue as much as he did).
  25. Some of the nice, strange aliens from TI Invaders would be great, if they aren't all in there yet. A lot of those were pretty unique. The ships from Rasmus' TiTanium would also be a good fit. . .I haven't seen all of the levels, so a lot of them may already been used here. Do we have a list of the ones that have been used, or is that a delicious secret knowledge?
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