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  1. MSX - Lockin' Man


    (Start automatically in webmsx.org):


    (to break to BASIC  "STOP" key in MSX): 

    press CTRL-PAUSE on a PC, if your laptop does not have this key, start the on-screen keyboard to press CTRL-PAUSE)


    Dutch - MSX Computer Magazine Jaargang 1 no. 4

    all software: https://www.msxcomputermagazine.nl/archief/mcm-4/

    PDF: https://www.msxcomputermagazine.nl/archief/bladen/msx_computer_magazine_04.pdf


    MSX BASIC Source file:  




    XB28 TML (The Missing Link):

    Source file   (game is not working yet, still in progress sorting out the game play mapping):  













  2. MSX (MicroSoft eXtended basic) has several versions (MSX-1, MSX-2 and MSX-3)

    and it also depends if there is a diskdrive connected to it. There are several emulators

    available (like https://webmsx.org/ which can run different versions of MSX basic

    ) or an emulator like blue msx http://bluemsx.msxblue.com/download.html



    This thread is experimental to convert some of the MSX Basic listings with graphical capabilities to the TI-99/4A.

    * MSX: using webmsx.org  as some of the Dutch magazine listings automatically point to the program (so I do not have to type it in)

       then save it into BASIC format, extract it out the .dsk format and edit in notepad++ so I have MSX and TI listings next to each other.

    * TI: use Classic99 with XBv28 TML (The Missing Link) to test it out

       (and final test on a real TI with FinalGrom and XBv28 TML)


    The focus is to use XB v2.8 G.E.M. (version 2.820201014)




    Alternatives for Basic with graphics can be:

    * Mechatronic Extended Basic II (with built-in APESOFT)

    * Or the APESOFT Expanded Basic utilities (


    * Other Basic versions for the TI

       (RXB Basic)


    * GEE  (only for the graphic part)



    * TI-LOGO I or II (only for the graphic part)



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  3. GEE  is a Graphic programming language (out of Adelaide, Australia).

    In the past I converted some small graphic MSX-Basic programs, they are on the disk attached.




    e.g. use Classic99  (and use the disk for DSK1.)

    * use Editor/Assembler option 5

    * DSK1.GEE

    * Press "FCTN-9"  (ALT-9) to get the load menu

    * L (load)

    * DSK1.G-ESCHER 

    * Press FCTN-9 again to load other files.











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  4. 2 hours ago, ballyalley said:


    Wow, I just started looking at the "Don't Mess with Texas" demo.  I've watched a video of it before, but it's so impressive to see it running in a Window.  And...  the F18A and speech is supported in the emulator.  How crazy is that?!?  I started a few games under the emulator, but I can't figure-out what the "joystick" is emulated as on my PC.


    This JS emulator seems like a great way to get introduced to the TI.  Here I am today using real hardware.  What a dummy I am.  😉



    I am still using original equipment 2× /4  which has a different keyboard layout and 6x /4A and 1x Geneve9640 and many emulators, see my channel.  wrote some documents about all the joystick options. For pc. Use a usb gamecontroller or usb to db9 adapter for the old joysticks and joy2key mapper programme.






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  5. 17 hours ago, senior_falcon said:

    XB 2.8 G.E.M. has The Missing Link for bit mapped graphics, T40XB for 40 column test mode, T80XB for 80 column text mode, and XB256 all built in.


    Apesoft can do bit mapped graphics and the Apesoft demo is spectacular. But it turns out the XB version is much more limited.


    @senior_falcon @Omega-TI thank you, I never heard of it before!  Will try it out!

  6. I am reading up on MSX-1 (and MSX-2) I have a Philips VG8020 (MSX-1) and in the emulators all the versions of MSX.

    in the past I converted some simple graphics programs (like lines, etc.) to the TI in the "Gee" program.


    but my question is which Extended Basic version comes closest to MSX Basic

    (e.g. to go to a graphics mode  to draw lines) and to re-write MSX Basic programs on a TI?

    (trying my kid to learn some BASIC)


    * Mechatronic Extended Basic II Plus (with ApeSoft) ?


    *   I found this link to load routines in XB  (and with CALL FILES(9))

       * https://atariage.com/forums/topic/213848-apesoft-expanded-basic-routines/?do=findComment&comment=3078637   * https://atariage.com/forums/topic/213848-apesoft-expanded-basic-routines/?do=findComment&comment=3079190







    * or The Missing Link ?  (I think I have the disks)

       Is this XB TML ?  



    * or other XB versions?

       (XB256, RichXB, SuperXB, (others ?)


    * would it be possible to port MSX-1 Basic or MSX-2 Basic to a TI-99/4a environment

       (without or with added hardware like F18A ?)









  7. 17 minutes ago, tmop69 said:


    yes, maybe it's the version. We need to check on the real machine.


    Regarding Othello, I do not have the listing in my collection for this version, but looking at the scans it seem that can be compiled. If you have the FIAD I'll try it. ;-) 






    I just tried to search it but I did not find it yet, it should be on my TIPI image that crashed last time (I thought I copied all CASS files, but some directories are empty, need to look into that again tomo.) 








  8. mine is QI399a version, maybe that's the issue.


    but really cool how these XB games are translated, amazing!


    (now I wondering if we can convert Othello of the TILT magazine and see how fast it is)


    (see the XB listing of the magazine in this forum, but let me find the TIBAS/XB version, 

    I think I had it on Cassette and transferred all of these and will see if I see some more interesting games)


    In 1991 I rewrote Othello in TP99  (I do not know the original author, but I still have the original magazine of Tilt)



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  9. 1 hour ago, tmop69 said:


    The Billy Ball At The Hatchery is done! Nice game. It required a lot of tuning in its compiled version, but I should have obtained a correct interpretation of the gameplay. ;-)


    And for the weekend we have also Slinky by Cosmi. Nice Q*Bert style game. There are few glitches in the gfx, but these are present also in the original BASIC version, at least in the copy I have (if someone has a better version, please let me know, so I can update the compiled version).




    [GAME] Billy Ball At The Hatchery (1985)(R. Trueman)[Compiled by TMOP].zip 10.2 kB · 5 downloads [GAME] Slinky (1983)(Cosmi - Richard Harrison)[Compiled by TMOP].zip 9.63 kB · 5 downloads TI99_Compiled_Games_List_V1.0.1.xlsx 17.45 kB · 5 downloads


    Nice.  Billy Ball after completing the screen it comes at the white screen and makes a sound and hangs.

    (in Classic 99, I have not tried a real TI),  but impressive conversion from XB !











  10. On 10/7/2020 at 4:29 AM, Count9929A said:

    Congratulations MarkSetGo!

    I think my score for the competition should be 73000, since I obtained 82800 playing on a PAL TI99. The game is noticably slower and easier. This doesn't change the ranking, though.


    I have a question for you and JWild and Globeron. In Level 2, area 3 there are three enemy base that are "protected" by the black mirrors. I tried hard to kill the bases but failed. Is there a way to kill them (if so, please do not spoiler) or one can only avoid their attacks?



    I normally played with the airplane as far as possible up. And shoot the bases behind the mirror aiming the cross. But believe can only hit 2. The one on the left you have to wait until it shoots then go to left and shoot behind the mirror. In level 3 i go to the right wait until they shoot and then to the left behind the mirrors cannot hit them as well.  I did get a form of RSI in my arm playing the game and stopped, never had that before....maybe getting old?





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  11. On 9/29/2020 at 3:41 AM, MarkSetGo said:

    You know it's a fun game when it breaks your joystick!


    I guess I'm done here!



    This is also the 1st game played where I got RSI and could not move my arm anymore.  I even changed to another Joystick controller, but did not play that well as the Suzo Arcade Joystick DB9 joystick.  ( 




    for DB9 to USB  connection I am using this handy one  (and software Joy2Key  on Windows to map the directions / button) 





    Or get something like this with USB adapter:









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  12. But I just built a whole RS232 network and connect to a PC


    use the Tools of. Ti99-geek.nl.  

    HDX server on PC. And CFHDXS1 for file transfer


    and DSk2PC tool for DSK transfer


     and DM2K. Version 3.   For transfers where you have multiple DSK1. Etc. multiple file transfer based on CRU address and with directories


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  13. In 1991 I have used TP99 v1.0 to convert some programs:


    * Othello    (I think this came out of a French magazine called TILT, I have the magazine and will check)

                     (later in 2014 or later Tursi helped to get it to work in Classic99)

      I like this TP99 version.  I think my father had it in TI Basic or Extended Basic but was slow, I think that

      was the reason to see if it was faster.


    * Doolhof (Maze)  tried to convert it out of a HCC magazine looks like


    * Cassette labeler I wrote myself to print labels for my music Cassette/Tape boxes in condensed mode (using a Brother ML1709 or ML1724)

       (I also have all the labels on another disk)


















    0082-TP99-Othello-fixed.dsk         <<< works in Classic99









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  14. On 9/2/2020 at 1:29 AM, PeteE said:

    August Bounce'n'Pounce results:

    187,706 - jwild

    85,432 - MarkSetGo

    68,178 - globeron

    46,822 - arcadeshopper

    38,514 - jblenkle

    38,300 - ti99iuc

    12,090 - roadrunner


    Well done everyone!  I'm thrilled that you all played.  Not many of you discovered that smashing zero cars in a season awards 50,000 bonus points!  I probably should have said that sooner...


    @jwild, your turn to choose the game for September.




    @PeteE  i managed to get 1 level done without hitting cars, but even avoiding to hit cars is difficult! Nice two ways to play the game.

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