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  2. The RS232 Rom is the one you sent. But I only made the one log-in with TELCO so I wouldn't really call it a test at this point. Time will tell.
  3. First impressions and review of my TI-99\4a version 40 Stuck home from work due to health issues so I got bored and picked this project out of the pile on the work bench. I have been experimenting over the years with speeding up the stock 4a console. The result of those experiments created the console that has been reliably running the Hidden Reef BBS for the past few decades. That particular console has the 32k on the 16 bit buss and runs overclocked to 3.58Mhz. Back when I was playing around I think I tested out at least three versions of available designs that put the 32k on the 16 bit buss until finally settling on the design from System Ninety Nine User Group of Germany. The SNUG design required a daughter board which was produced by the group but was the most reliable of the designs I tried and added a couple of features handy for programmers and could be setup to toggle on and off so the console could still be used at stock speed for gamers. Back at that time I had also experimented with running at 4.0Mhz but found that 4.0 broke too much software and wouldn't boot with certain 3rd party hardware in the P-Box. All that said, I had chose a 4a motherboard with the NEC -3 VDP memory which is 150 nano second instead of some of the other 4a MB's with 200 nano second or slower VDP memory as the base for this project. If you are lucky you might find a 4a MB with NEC -5 VDP chips which are 100 nano seconds. First thing I did was remover the stock clock crystal and install a new 4.0Mhz clock crystal. Sure enough, it did boot but was very flaky and showed dropped characters and wrong colors as has happened in the past when I tried a 4.0Mhz crystal in a stock MB. I next removed the stock TMS9901 and installed a TMS9901-40 and also began replacing the 74LSXXX logic in the memory management circuit with 74HCTXXX logic and replaced the stock electrolytic capacitors with new capacitors. At this point, I rigged up the MB and booted it to make sure of my work to this point. It booted nicely and was helped by the TMS9901-40 being installed. Did some things like run the size command while in X-Basic, access DSK1 just to see what would work and what wouldn't. I then removed the TMS9900 from the MB and installed a TMS9900-40. Booted up the MB to check my work and it did boot and ran as expected. In the photos you can see I installed a RAM disk in the P-Box and formatted it and loaded software to it. I also made a log-in on the Hidden Reef using TELCO at 4800 baud and to my surprise the screen didn't show any dropped characters and I didn't experience any other problems I was expecting from past experience. It was late and I had lost energy so I left the system running the EKMEL Fish Tank software and went to bed. Now 14 hours later the system is still running nicely without having crashed. Tonight I hope to finish changing the remaining 74LSXXX logic with 74HCTXXX logic and also perform the SNUG 32k on the 16 bit buss mod to bring this MB up to running at 16 bit speed at 4.0Mhz. If I'm successful I will install this MB into the Hidden Reef system and make it the first S&T BBS running at 16 bit, 4.0Mhz speed.
  4. So you are running the newest 8.33 update on your TL866CS?
  5. It appears I have the labeled LEDs and the six vents. My software is currently 6.60. What version of the software actually removes the 21volts? The latest version I see on the site today for "old hardware" is 6.85 and the TL866II is 8.33?
  6. Competition Computer was selling an EPROM for Super Sketch that added the option for printing. (BTW, what ever happened to Competition Computer? Anyone know?)
  7. You're on a nice repair roll of late. Don't stop, keep going until the bench is clear.
  8. Hello Friends, please note all available SNUG SPVMC cards have now been purchased and I have no more of the SNUG system cards remaining in my possession.
  9. For those that have been reading this thread and are interested in obtaining the last SNUG SPVMC card I have in stock you can PM me for info and purchase arrangements. First come first served basis.
  10. Yes, will work in P-Box with stock TI or SNUG system. Works in Geneve system with slight mod to fully decode the signals. PM sent.
  11. I'll check how many SPVMC cards I have left unsold and post here later. If Harald can accept payment for the card then I will ship one. Buyer will owe me insured shipping cost. FYI, SPVMC require a slight modification for use with the Geneve.
  12. For anyone interested in images of the original installation.
  13. The electrolytic caps are no fun when they explode and fill the whole room with fuzz either.
  14. Heh! 8 drives in one box is a beautiful thing. 4 for the Reef system and 4 for my main TI system.
  15. Maybe we should take up a collection and get the insane one a military grade vest to wear while testing/repairing/upgrading TI/Geneve hardware.
  16. Hi BBS fans. Finally got the chance to install the P-Box I recently refreshed by vaccuming out at least three decades of crud and installed a new stock fan. I replaced all the electrolytic caps in the power supply as well as the voltage regulators and checked all wire connections for good contact and correct voltage spec. I got lucky and no one tried to log-on the Reef while swapping in the refreshed P-Box. Reinstalled all the cards and booted the system with success. The Hidden Reef hardware list Console refreshed switching style pws with blue LED 32k on the 16 bit buss 3.58 Mhz crystal F18A video adapter Acer 17" LCD monitor Realistic amplifier for sound Hidden Reef P-Box Refreshed TI interface card (Firehose card) SNUG 3meg RAM Disk MBP clock card IDE controller with 4meg compact flash TI RS232 1/2 TI RS232 3/4 CorComp floppy controller 2 3.5 floppies, 2 5.25 floppies Rave speech card adapter (All cards have blue LED)
  17. While you are at it don't be afraid to refresh the P-Box supply as well.
  18. The best practice when repairing these consoles is to upgrade the old "coffe warmer" supply with red LED to the later switching style supply. I usually add a blue LED and resistor to the later switching supply so I can tell by sight if it's a switching supply in the console. I usually also refresh the electrolytic caps. (FYI, always take notice of any regulator part number in any TI power supply. TI sometimes used a fixed voltage regulator instead of the usual linear series regulator.)
  19. Also you remind me a goodly number of "E" owners didn't seem to keep up with EPROM versions which may have added to mixed results with the "E".
  20. Do you recall using the "E" with a CD ROM player on the Geneve? I seem to recall "E" owners saying the card didn't work with CD ROM before the 1.6 upgrade. The "E" seemed to be a hit or miss controller or possibly not everyone tried the "E" with CD ROM.
  21. If we did make a new run of boards we should choose the "F" board and make the 32 pin PLCC part of the board instead of the two dip package chips and increase the size of the ground buss also a couple of changes too the power supply and we would have a very stable SCSI controller that would do what it is supposed to do with TI and Geneve.
  22. This is not a 1.6 updated card. The 1.6 update is a major update that involves a daughter board cut traces, 5pin dip switch, rewired traces and more. I doubt you will be able to get this card working doing what you want to do. I wish I knew what happened to competition computer. All the parts I had for doing the 1.6 upgrade to the WHT "E", "F" and "G" cards went to competition computer after Don sold the rights for the WHT SCSI.
  23. Nice job, Owen. I already purchased Gregg's software at the Chicago Faire. I will purchase this package and display it proudly next to my "Marcus of Marinus" package.
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