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About Airshack

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    TI-99/4A, Atari 800XL, Commodore 64, Intellivision, Odyssey2, Colecovision, basically retro computing and gaming is why I'm on AtariAge.
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    SCRAA on the TI-99/4A
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    T.I. Munchkin on the TI-99/4A
  1. Since it’s in an STE I’m guessing a variant of 1.62. Too much unexplained info regarding the serial numbers: the number “163” on one EPROM label, and an undocumented serial number on the other. Perhaps something unfinished or someone’s lone project? I don’t know enough. Hope to figure it out with that TOSDUMP program.
  2. Thanks for the file! I need help figuring out how to get it written to an Atari floppy? I have an old PC so maybe that way? I’m new at this STE deal. You are correct that a ROM dump is the only way to know for sure. Thank you again for your valuable inputs. As soon as I copy this to floppy I’ll give it a whirl. A friend offered up his GoTek which I should have by months end.
  3. Thanks again! Your link is helpful! Of course the lists do not include “C301164-002A,” which I what I have. Perhaps it’s the same as C301164 ?? For now I’ll assume TOS 1.62 Wondering why all the photos of motherboards I’m finding on the net have ROMs installed when mine look very much like EPROMS? Possibly this was was a test bed machine? Possibly C301164-002A was a beta of TOS 1.63? I know that’s a stretch yet the second module is labeled “163.” Why? Based on your link’s omission of C301164-002A I’d have to say there’s some possibility this thing is unique.
  4. How does one determine the TOS version in his system? I clicked around yet didn’t find any version numbers? I've torn down many different systems, and this one does not look tampered with or modified at all. The bottom of the console still had the complete warrantee sticker covering one screw hole. I did find peculiar handwritten labels on two modules: Assuming C113 is TOS...can there be a version 1.63? Then again, maybe C113 is something else?
  5. Thank you PLM for the excellent feedback. My experience with the ST line consists of two hours I’ve put into this tear down. I believe you misunderstood my post. I was simply asking questions about the STE model, of which I know absolutely nothing. Those specs which apparently set you off and made you “less nice” were nothing more than a cut-and-paste from a google search. Wikipedia I believe? I was asking questions — not bragging. I’m a newb here. Now I understand my source was inaccurate. Thank you for your thoughtful inputs regarding my new system. Hopefully, you will see I’m much nicer than the Amiga people. I’m a Ti-99/4 guy who is probably a little bit to excited about his recent find. That’s all. We 99ers are a humble bunch. Trust me — I want to play 100 games on this system! That’s the motivation behind my line of questions.
  6. Thanks! On www.shopgoodwill.com ($62) with a local pick-up requirement in Los Angeles: https://www.shopgoodwill.com/Item/69797491
  7. HAHA! I've been working on this thing all day and didn't even notice the little "E" next to the ST badge. I'm 20-10 vision so no excuse there! Discovered: STFm = 3 channel sound, 512 colours, little or no hardware. STe = 4 channel sound, 4096 colours, extra hardware in the form of a barrel shifter (what we would call a blitter, only the Atari version is a joke! It can only scroll on 16pixel boundaries!!!) Thanks for solving that mystery for me....gosh! Newb. Looks like this may work out for me: 4MB (4x1MB) 30 Pin RAM Matched Set Non-Parity 8 Chip 100ns
  8. So why do you figure Pole Position is so ugly when their other ports are good looking? Did TI in-house programmers do the Atarisoft ports under some kind of arrangement?
  9. This has the video modulator output and joy ports on the bottom so are we looking at the 1040 STFM model?
  10. Just picked up a 1040ST and... 1. Planned to see if it works — CHECK! 100% functioning to include good video/sound and formatting a floppy drive. I didn’t get any diskettes with the system so testing was limited. Where can I find that BASIC program language disk? Is there a modern replacement? 2. Started tearing it down for retro-bringing the sun damage — CHECK! Case damaged reduced but back out for now because I detect a slight amount of oxidation remaining. 3. Tore it down to clean the system... Anything revealing here about the revision? Epson floppy 720k (?) seems fine — common? 4. Thinking I need that OLED GoTek in place of this floppy drive. Agree? How do I prep a thumb drive for the ST+GoTek? How about the UltraSatan device? Any one better than the other? 5. Noticed 256k memory modules. Will this system support 1GB modules? If so where do I find them online? 6. What does the handwriting on these labels mean? Are these some sort of upgradable ROMs? Atari socketed them! Your help with my restore/upgrade project is appreciated. - James (from the TI-99/4 Group)
  11. True. Along with Wumpus being another early release. Football plays like it was probably a graphical front end added to the popular mainframe text-based football simulator also found on early 70s time-share systems. I’ll bet the early TI game programmers played variants of the early computer sports and adventure games in college. Fun Facts: ”During the 1960s, Dartmouth’s membership in the Ivy League revolved around its football team. In 1962, computing students under the tutelage of Kemeny and Kurtz named one of the college’s homegrown compilers the problematic acronym SCALP. The Kiewit Center brought the same rough-and-tumble masculine bonding into the teletype room again with sport- and war-oriented computer games, including at least three versions of computer football games (FTBALL, FOOTBALL, and GRIDIRON). In fact, Dartmouth distinguished itself from most other universities by actively encouraging student gaming and recreation on the network.” TI Football is probably a port of these older style games. Dartmouth is also where BASIC was invented in 1964. ”In the 1960s, Dartmouth College became ground zero for the coming explosion in American computing after college mathematics professors John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz developed a new programming language that was relatively easy to learn: Beginner’s All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code, or BASIC. Kemeny and Kurtz wanted to a create a novice-friendly computing entry point that would attract young talent for the college’s newly developed Dartmouth Time-Sharing System, a network of teletype terminals located across New England colleges and high schools that connected, via telephone lines, to a mainframe General Electric computer at Dartmouth.”
  12. Intellivision Baseball, Football, and Hockey were all IMHo fabulous. Baseball was the best of the lot. Intellivision later released single-player v AI versions of Baseball and Football. Significantly better than Odyssey2 and Atari VCS. The Odyssey2 sports titles are in the middle between Atari and the Intellivision 1970s benchmark.
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