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  1. So, completely out-of-left-field question, and given that it sits solely in the video chip socket I suspect the answer is no, but...... For things like switching the sprite limitation, could there be a way to do that via a keyboard combo? Or running a small utility on the TI that could do it when you want to switch? In other words, any way of pushing a change to a setting via the console that would not require adding a physical switch or hooking up to USB?
  2. Which console do you have? If the black and silver one, is the power led coming on? It's right next to the switch at the front right corner of the machine. If the beige console, I don't think it has a power led so it could be harder to tell if the console is actually getting power.
  3. Even just a variation on TOD would be cool. Maybe find a way to implement the "in room" battles in a 3D way? It could still be turn based, but just a switch-up on the visuals.
  4. Bosconian! I have this cartridge for my MSX machines, but always wanted it on the TI. And the TI voice synthesizer would be a natural for the in-game speech as well.
  5. For "utility": Extended BASIC For "game": Tunnels Of Doom
  6. PLA is cheap and cheerful. It's also easy to use and is more than sufficient for most purposes. If you tweak your printer settings really well, you can get impressive results. A bit of filler and sanding can also give a decent surface for painting over. I have not gone down the route of using other filaments since some, such as ABS, need a controlled environment that usually entails enclosing your printer to prevent drafts and heat variations.
  7. An actual TI 99/8 with matching hexbus peripherals. It can be using modern hardware inside to emulate a full TI 99/8 experience, but I would want it to externally look and behave like the machine TI intended to produce in 1983. Perhaps as a bonus it could include enhanced features that could optionally be used, such as F18a type video, internal emulation of disks, etc., but I'd love the ability to have it default configured as the original intent. I know, things can be had by emulation on modern machines, but I love the look and feel of old "iron". When I program on my TI, I still do it on the machine. There's something I love about that, the feel of the TI keyboard, the jet engine fan of the PEB, all of it!
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  9. Surprised there has been no non-love for Hunt The Wumpus. How could a fairly basic computer game (and literally able to do in BASIC), become a full-fledged cartridge game?
  10. Many of us grew up with the PEB sitting behind the TI with a monitor on top. That config worked, but it was cramped since there was often not much space between the console and the PEB, especially with cables coming out the backof the console. Just having a shelf about 2 or 3 inches up on which you could place the PEB would free up the back of the TI itself.
  11. Yep. I have a number of vintage systems setup that way. Find them to be very configurable.
  12. Hey all. My TI was packed up for a long while as I was redoing my man-cave. During that period my HRD batteries lost their charge and now I'm about to reset my system. I have been using 8.15f (I believe) and have the disk for that. But since I'm starting from scratch, are there newer versions I should be using? I think I saw mention of a menu system that will take advantage of the f18a? Thanks in advance.
  13. How are these folks getting around this issue? https://collectorvision.com/shop/colecovision/collectorvision-phoenix/?fbclid=IwAR2wYV5NGv64KswpNOE6vidUH5rqKYZJ6s1sDVtF_TKXDMorXXcWePhnW58 Especially when they are touting "F18A Video Enhanced Compatibility Built-in* ($86 value!)". Since it would be based on the VGA output of the F18A, some off-the-shelf converter built into the machine?
  14. As mentioned above, would love this as a PEB card.
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