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About Diecrusher

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  • Birthday 07/24/1965

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    Computers: Amiga (4000T, 4000, 3000, 2500, 2000, 1000, 1200, 600, CD32), Commodore (Vic-20, C64, SX-64, C128), Tandy/TRS-80 (Model 4, Model III, Model 1, Model 100, Tandy 1000EX), TI99-4a (Full PEB), Apple: (Mac SE30, Mac SE, Classic, Classic Color, Plus, 512, 128), Others (Osborne 1, Kaypro 4, Compaq Luggable, DEC Decmate, NCR Criterion)

    Arcades: Robotron, Defender, Turkeyshoot, Crazy Climber, Zaxxon, Baby Pacman, Pacman, Journey, Kickman, Frogger, Looping, Tutankam, Dig Dug, Centipede, Asteroids Deluxe, Gravitar, Tron, DK Jr, Dragon's Lair, Mario Bros., Space Invaders, Battlezone, Frontline, Mr. Do.

    Pinball: Mousin' Around
  1. Never messed with Plato before. I am using the Plato included with the Finalgrom zip file from whtech. I am wondering if my issue sounds like a hardware or software issue. I remember trying it a few weeks ago and it would get to the boot screen and then bomb but that was because I didn't have a disk in DSK1. I've now made a proper DSK1 diskette of one the the courseware disks using DSK2PC. When I boot Plato from the finalgrom I just get a blank purple screen and no disk activity. If I reset the FG and launch Plato I still get the blank screen but sometimes accompanied with a screeching sound out of the speakers. Also, if I get this working is there a way to using the courseware files from TIFILES on the HDX1 instead of a real diskette?
  2. Title says it all. As you can tell I am rather new with this. Basically I have some XB games that only seem to work when running as autoload on floppy DSK1. I would love to be able to run these from my tifiles directory on HDX1 and avoid transferring to floppy. thanks
  3. Definitely interested in buying one of these! Is there a wait list? Awesome work and the box art is the icing-on-the-cake! If I would have had that cart back in the 1980's I would have never left the house! Luckily I bought the real dedicated machine about 18 years ago for the same $100. Really. The guy thought it wasn't working but it was just plugged in wrong! I just had to throw that in there, one of the best arcade deals that I ever found.
  4. I was going to also 3d print a cover faceplate but just purchased a filler from Amazon since I new that I could never print a matching texture to the other faceplates. Ended up pulling it out though when I added the other drives. I really like using external or internal items, it keeps the original retro look of the system even though 3.5" drive are exactly period correct. The VGA out of the MISE is really cool as is the virtual hd. TRS-80 has a special place to me, first system that I programmed on. The 3.5" drives really made the difference for me initially. I could write floppies on an old laptop that I have that has a 3.5" drive and an early USB for shuttling things into it if I don't feel safe taking Windows 98 online!
  5. The HXC was already in the box but I added the lit power-switch and the bezel logo. I added a couple of switches on the Model IV itself so that I could switch the boot drive to be either the 5.25" or the 3.5" drive or the HXC itself. It works well. I can't remember exactly how I wired it up but if you're interested I can dig through my notes.
  6. I've finally got my HDX working flawlessly. Thanks again to ArcadeShopper for all of his help answering questions. About the HDX Server program itself. I've learned how to copy, run, etc. from the TIFILES directory that shows up but what is the TIDISKS function in the program. I must me missing something obvious here. Up to this time I've been making folders in my TIFILES directory on the PC and then using TIFILES to covert disk images to this folder. Is there a way to use the disk images themselves without converting? Sorry for the noobness!
  7. Thanks for the all of the replies and the help. I have looked at the p-code pcb and the is nothing obviously visibly wrong but I am digging further. How do you determine the manufacture date of the card as mentioned above?
  8. I just installed a p-code card that I had purchased awhile ago. When the card is switched off the TI boots fine. When switched on, the p-code card's led stays lit solid and I get a continuous tone (beep) through the monitor speaker. Tried pulling most of my other cards in the PEB and in made no difference. I have not yet pulled the clamshell off of the card to check it out but I wanted to see if there's any suggestions to try first.
  9. 1. Park Patrol 2. Pirates 3. Archon II 4. Zenji 5. Spelunker
  10. Nope, not in the slightest. The reason I go to the TI99 is for my nostalgic kick and memories of using it as a teenager. For me if it morphs that far I'll stick with completely modern hardware. It's like putting a 100 watt stereo speaker setup on a Speak & Spell. Why?
  11. One left! Add one more to the collection of things that I will never use!!! Hopefully that will not be the case forever..........
  12. I was already well in the the TI by the time the Atarisoft games came out but those sealed the deal for me. The quality of those games on the TI blew all of the Atarisoft for other platforms out of the water, imho!
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