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  1. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, June 5th 2021 at 01:00 PM CDT / 18:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CDT / 18:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  2. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, June 5th 2021 at 01:00 PM CDT / 18:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CDT / 18:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  3. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, May 15th 2021 at 01:00 PM CDT / 18:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CDT / 18:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  4. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, May 15th 2021 at 01:00 PM CDT / 18:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CDT / 18:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  5. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, April 10th 2021 at 01:00 PM CDT / 18:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CDT / 18:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  6. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, April 10th 2021 at 01:00 PM CDT / 18:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CDT / 18:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  7. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, March 6th 2021 at 01:00 PM CST / 19:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30 PM CST / 19:30 UTC. Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group http://chicagotiug.sdf.org
  8. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, February 13th 2021 at 01:00 PM CST / 19:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30:00 PM CST / 19:30 UTC.
  9. Hello all: This is a reminder that the Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group will host a virtual meeting on Saturday, January 9th 2021 at 01:00 PM CST / 19:00 UTC. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30:00 PM CST / 19:30 UTC.
  10. Created a little package for MAME/MESS that enables MyArcXBII and P-Card in one pre-made package. Just add latest MAME/MESS and go. It's on my project page that accesses my https://ti99resources.wordpress.com/:
  11. Our beloved TI99 will be 40 years old within few months, so we need to prepare the celebration. Since the game Astrosmash for the Intellivision will also be celebrating its anniversary and we do not have if for the TI, I decided to create this Super Astrosmash version! 🙂 Super Astrosmash has the same game mechanics, score system, number of levels, type of enemies of the original version, however I've introduced some changes to better adapt to the improved TI99 resolution, added some speech, etc. The game is not a direct porting, but rather my own interpretation of a possible TI99 conversion. The initial release will be only in SSS module format. In the era of digital downloads, let's return back to the roots! With the precious help of Ciro (aka ti99iuc from the TI99 Italian User Club) we are now working to prepare a small batch of SSS, complete with labels and manual. The module will have two versions of the game: the Super Astrosmash and the Legacy version. It runs on the console + 32K memory expansion, supports joystick and keyboard. The Speech is optional. If you are interested in the SSS, please contact the TI99 Italian User Club using the website (http://www.ti99iuc.it/web/index.php?pagina=contacts) by the end of September, so it will be possible to determine the final cost and prepare the shipping for Christmas. In attachment a video of the gameplay from the beginning of the game up to level 2 and a preview of the manual/cover design. We will post additional material/info in the next days, so stay tuned. Super Astrosmash TI99.mp4
  12. Looking to buy Myarc Geneve card(s) preferably working but non-op okay. Please PM me.
  13. Hello, I’m looking for about three to four Alps short stem switches that can be used for a TI99/4A keyboard with P/N KCCBA082/12KC190C. I believe these are SKCC type switches. Three have failed, two snapped, one just doesn’t work. I’ve since desoldered and removed them from the board, just looking to replace them now. Thanks, nebj00la
  14. Hello all: Due to concerns over COVID-19 the "Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group" will not hold an in-person meeting this December. Instead, on Saturday, December 12th 2020 at 01:00 PM CST / 19:00 UTC the CTIUG will host a virtual meeting. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30:00 PM CST / 19:30 UTC.
  15. Hello all: Due to concerns over COVID-19 the "Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group" will not hold an in-person meeting this November. Instead, on Saturday, November 7th 2020 at 01:00 PM CST / 19:00 UTC the CTIUG will host a virtual meeting. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30:00 PM CST / 19:30 UTC.
  16. My CFHDX setup. CFHDX, WHAT IS IT? If you don’t know what a CFHDX is it’s software that runs on a NanoPEB and a Windows PC that enables the transfer of files between the PC and the TI99. The software was created by the great F.G.Kaal and is on his website http://www.ti99-geek.nl/ . To do this bit of alchemy you will need a cross-over cable (or an HDX cable - more on that later) between the NanoPEB serial port and the PC serial port to transfer the files. You can also print to the PC from the nanoPEB in a different fashion using the same cable (also more on that later). HOW TO: I’m going to be describing the NanoPEB procedure which is similar to CF7+ except the NanoPEB has a serial port and the CF7+ has a parallel port and needs a special cable. For the NanoPEB you need a cross-over cable to attach the serial port of the Nano to the serial port of PC (female to female). If you don’t have a cross-over you can create a special HDX cable for little next to nothing. Here’s a picture of that HDX cable I created. THE HDX CABLE: When creating the HDX cable you only need to attach 5 of the wires. The other pins are not needed. The cable is serial female to female and here are the pins to attach: pin 2 to pin 3 which is the RXD 7 > 8 RTS 5 > 5 GND 3 > 2 TXD 8 > 7 CTS THE SOFTWARE: After you created the cable, or decided to just use a cross-over cable, you will need to download the software for the HDX from Fred G. Kaals site: http://www.ti99-geek.nl/ First part is the HDX server for the PC. On his Project Page click on TI99 HDX server and download the software. Now download the TI99 software from the Project page CFHDXS1. Install this software on your TI99. HDXSERVER The CFHDX uses the following comport settings. 38400 baud 8 bit Even 1 stop bit None You might need to set these settings on the comport on your PC before starting the HDXserver. On my XP, I did. Now start the HDXserver on your PC. Be sure the COMMUNICATIONS SETTINGS in OPTIONS are set to your comport and the CFHDX comport settings above. FILES SETUP ON HDXSERVER Next you will want to set the location of your FILES directory in OPTIONS. This is the directory where you store the files that you will be sending and receiving to/from the TI99. These are files in FIAD format much like used in Classic99 in the DSK1-3 directories. The files can be in either theV9T9 format or TIFILES format. If you store your files in a .DSK use TIDIR, or other like program, to extract the files from the .DSK. Fred recommends you keep TIDIR resident to pull the files from .DSK while running HDXserver as needed. There is also a DISKS directory that enables you to copy complete disk using another program. Personally, I never got this to work right. I kept getting read errors. I would just sick with the FILES. CHHDXS1 In E/A, or equivalent program, start CFHDXS1 on the TI99 in E/A-5. This file will be on the CFHDXS1 disk you should now have loaded on your TI99. I load mine into DRV1. When the HDXserver detects that the CFHDXS1 is running you will get a message in the below message area: TI99HDX: <TI99/4a initialized, HDX Version xx> CFHDXS1 USAGE When CFHDXS1 starts on the TI99 read the HELP screen then of all the shortcut keys then PRESS ENTER to start the CFHDXS1 server on the TI99. Start typing and this will fill in the SRC which is HDX1. (be sure to add the period). This now displays the content of the FILES directory from your PC. Some action keys from the HELP screen: Function-2: marks files. Function 6: brings up COPY/DELETE/MOVE/(UN)PROTECT bottom menu. This will perform the actions on the files you marked with Function 2. For COPY/MOVE a question of DST, which is the destination, is required. Set DSK1-3 as the destination. Press H for the HELP screen from the beginning and a list of the other commands. That’s about it for the HDX on the NanoPEB. Useful? Sorta. It’s not really good to pull the CF card in and out of it’s slot of the NanoPEB too many times. That connector isn’t the most durable thing in the world. Still, if I had a lot of files to transfer I would still pull the CF and use TIDIR on the PC to transfer the files as it’s lot easier and faster. That’s it for Now. HLO PS I'm going to create a separate blog for the printing using a VT100 terminal emulator on the PC. Also, ignore the 2 pictures at the bottom, I can't seem to get rid of them for some reason.
  17. Hello all: Due to concerns over COVID-19 the "Chicago TI-99/4A Users Group" will not hold an in-person meeting this November. Instead, on Saturday, November 7th 2020 at 01:00 PM CST / 19:00 UTC the CTIUG will host a virtual meeting. We will be streaming the meeting via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg The stream will usually begin by about 01:30:00 PM CST / 19:30 UTC.
  18. I recently purchased a Retroflag GPi Case (http://retroflag.com/GPi-CASE.html). It's a GameBoy-like case for the Raspberry Pi Zero, with a 2.8 inch IPS screen. The Pi is placed in a cart that you connect to the case similarly to a console's cart. With RetroPie on the Pi you can create a portable retro-gaming machine. The GPi is good product in general, the buttons and the D-pad are responsive and the screen looks fine, no tearing or lags. I have installed/configured with RetroPie all these systems (that runs fine on the Pi 0): Atari 2600, 7800, Genesis/Megadrive, Master System, NES, PC Engine, Vectrex, SG 1000, Game & Watch, Game Gear, Game Boy, Lynx, Famicom Disk System, Coleco, Intellivision, lr-MAME 2000, VideoPac/Odyssey 2, ZX Spectrum, MSX/MSX2, C64 and of course the TI99/4A! The GPi Case has a D-Pad and 8 buttons: A, B, X, Y, Start, Select and RB, LB on the back of the case. These are enough for all the consoles. With Colecovision, Intellivision, Spectrum and C64 it's possible to have virtual keyboards/keypad overlays so you can start all the games without having to hook up a Bluetooth keyboard. Really comfortable! Guess what? Only the TI 99 emulator needs a keyboard to start the games! 😞 The only emulator that can run on the Pi Zero is TI-99/Sim created by Marc Rousseau (https://www.mrousseau.org/programs/ti99sim/). It's a nice emulator, with good compatibility and speech support. It's not at MAME's level, but it's enough to play most games in this TI99 handheld. Unfortunately, the joystick config is hardcode and doesn't fit well with RetroPie/EmulationStation ecosystem. You need a keyboard to pass from TI99 initial screen to the game and play with the joypad. Moreover, the GPi Case is configured by default with the D-pad in Hat mode and the emulator is only using Axes mode. It's possible to change mode pressing Star+Up for 5 second, but then you need to reconfigure EmulationStation for using the menu. Looking at TI-99/Sim I've seen a new 0.16.0 version (released after last RetroPie distribution) and in the changelog there is a comforting note: "Changes to better support RetroPie setup & joystick usage", but no additional infos in the docs. I've contacted Marc asking for additional information. He explained that has ported the code to SDL2.0 and managed to get the keyboard emulation working properly. Basically, the joypad buttons can also simulate the pression of keys 1 to 9, so allowing to pass from title/option screen to the game. That sounds good, so I've compiled and tested this new version. It's now possible to move to the game screen, hovewer when testing Parsec I realized that it does not allows to change the speed for the refuel section. All the buttons acts as Fire button! 😞 Moreover, I cannot play Donkey Kong (it asks for Enter key...) and other Atarisoft games. The same for Alpiner, Big Foot, etc. Finally, to select a new game it's necessary to exit from the emulator pressing ESC on keyboard. I need also to press FCTN-REDO at game over to play again... Since I do not want to use a keyboard nor uninstall the emulator, I decided to have a look at the source code to "patch" it. I've added the Hat support and now it's possible to play most of the games without a keyboard. 🙂 Most of the joypads have at least 8 buttons, so a minimal set of needed keys/combination of keys needs to be identified to run confortably most of the games. The ideal number of keys to have would be: 0 to 9, Enter, Space, +, FCTN+QUIT, FCTN+REDO, FCTN+BACK, FCTN+AID. Total is 17, plus the "Fire" button and "ESC" to exit from the emulator, for a total of 19 keys. This number must be reduced, since normally there are less button available. For example, the Xbox One controller has 10 buttons + 2 triggers, the 8bitdo SF30 has 12 buttons + 2 triggers. For my Retroflag's GPi Case 8 buttons layout, the selected keys are: Fire, 1, 2, 3, ESC, FCTN+QUIT, FCTN+REDO and Enter. With a joypad with 2 additional buttons it's possible to have also "+" and FCTN+REDO. Finally, with a 12 buttons joypad , it's possible to have also Space and 0. Summer is approaching and I know that there are guys here that needs to play some Parsec and MunchMan under beach umbrella, so in attachment the "patched" executable and the .cpp source if someone want to improve/made its customisation. Also a couple of images and videos (not edited, just raw recording, sorry for the poor production...). If you need .ctg games tested and ready to run, just check at the end of the article on the TI99 emulation with Raspberry on TI99IUC site (http://www.ti99iuc.it/web/index.php?pageid=homepage&artid=203#.XuZAoG5uKUk). Try this TI99 handheld, it's really fun! 🙂 DKong.mp4 Parsec.mp4 Menu.mp4 ti99sim-0.16.0-Joypad_Patch.zip
  19. This is a neat device that emulates 1-2 ST506/ST412 or other MFM hard disks for reading and or writing. Can be used to pull data off disks or to emulate disks for that old computer you don't have drives for. I think I read somewhere it can be passed thru to a VM. Possibly this could work for MAME/MESS emulated systems? TI-99 has been tested with the system and works for reading WDS-100 disks. Emulation works for reading, but writing fails this point. Probably have to be patched for the TI/Myarc sector layouts, directory structure, bitmaps, etc. (not enough info yet to correct, it says), but the actual writing appears to work. Works with a wide variety of other systems. List here: http://www.pdp8online.com/mfm/status.shtml There is a group buy under way right now if you want to check it out. Pricing seems reasonable. http://www.pdp8online.com/mfm/ Emulator uses a BeagleBone Black/BeagleBone Green Wireless for the actual processing. Interesting. Go team, TI! 🙂
  20. The 38th Annual Chicago TI International World Faire Where: Our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg When: Saturday, October 24th 2020 10:00 AM CDT / 15:00 UTC Join us live for the 38th Annual Chicago TI International World Faire "Virtual Edition" via our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTtWUO1syCerK4cPjOjPjg on Saturday, October 24th 2020 at 10:00 AM CDT / 15:00 UTC. Watch our presenters talk on topics related to the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A Home Computer. Have a question? Join us in YouTube chat during the faire or leave a comment at any time. See you there! https://calendar.google.com/event?action=TEMPLATE&tmeid=NDA4ODVqcmNrdDVnZmRjNmZ0a2EyMnEzZTMgY2hpY2Fnb3RpdWdAc2RmLm9yZw&tmsrc=chicagotiug%40sdf.org
  21. I'm pretty strapped for cash, but am really wanting some cool atari 8-bit stuff to go with my new XEGS I've got coming. So I figured why not try and trade? Ability to read an SD card would be primo (like the SIDE cart, would be my number one pick). ANYWAYS.... I understand these MBX's are pretty hard to get/obscure and I have one in the box (decent to ratty shape for the box only) that looks great. Unit Joystick and PS with baseball book and overlay (no headset) all look fantastic. It worked great many years ago and has recently been rescued from my attic. EXTRA: Also have a set of single button joysticks on Y cable and the voice module FWIW. Anyone have some snazzy XEGS compat hardware they wanna trade??? If the TI ain't your thing, i've got two CoCo2's (one with box) and some misc coco materials.
  22. I made a PCB to allow me to probe a TI-99 Cartridge in action. It's basically a pass-though with some logic analyzer probe pods with the Address, Data, and Control lines organized nicely. I have one assembled unit and four bare PCBs. Not sure whether to sell assembled, as solder yourself "kits", or just the bare PCB. If there's any interest in these PM me and we can work out the details. I'm limiting this to US buyers with PayPal accounts. That way there is a record of transaction and a way for me to confirm postage and tracking as a way to protect both buyer and seller. Thanks for looking!
  23. This is a more targeted continuation of the blatantly hijacked thread <here>. Executive Summary of this go-forward: The NanoPEB being periodically peddled on eBay is a wonderful little device, providing 3 virtual disk drives which map to a Compact Flash card, a 32K RAM expansion, and an RS232 serial port. Unfortunately, the serial port was set up in such a way that virtually all existing Terminal Emulation software packages take one look at that serial port, and promptly throw their dish on the floor. The technical details of that I leave to vaster minds than mine to explain. Meanwhile, I have slapped together what I think is a toy many of us would like to have and use, a WiFi modem that is RS232 compatible and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. The prototype has been proven with several IBM-ish 8088 machines, and I have been surfing Telnet BBS's with it. I would like to test and use it with my TI-99/4A plus NanoPEB, but the terminal software always stops me, since none of them like my serial port. My current quest is to find, make, beg, borrow, steal or barter a package into working with the NanoPEB. The ultimate goal is to publish details of this very simple modem, so that others in this community can make their own for less than $10 and a few minutes work, and go BBS surfing using their household WiFi, Telnet, and a T-99/4A with either an "original" serial port or a NanoPeb. I'll explain how once it's tested, as I don't want folks clamoring to build one only to find that it doesn't work in this plane of existence. The modem itself works in another environment, but I'm a firm believer in end-to-end systems testing. Besides, I have a NanoPEB, so I'm greedy and want it to work with my TI-99/4A. So that's the lay of the land. In our last episode (thread) InsaneMultitasker had generously thrown me a software package thinking it might work. I'm sorry to report that it doesn't. It runs well up until the moment any byte is actually sent down the line, then it crashes. (Cursor stops blinking, and no keys respond.) To be thorough I connected a null modem cable between the NanoPeb and the modem, (they normally dock directly), but the behavior was the same. The quest continues,...
  24. Hi All, Looking for help - bought a HRD off eBay. It only reports 182K, gets errors on the memtest, however it loads the DSR OK and seems to function as it should. (have not tested for corrupt files) In any event - I suspect some of the jumper wiring might have come off over the years and need some assistance. Anyone have a build manual? Anyone have this card??? http://www.tyde.net/2.jpg If you have it - can you look at the expansion jack pad and tell me if yours looks like mine??? http://www.tyde.net/1.jpg In general, it's a clean looking card that appears to have suffered no electrical (visible) or physical damage. I'd love to put it back into service (I run a pretty big 35 year old database on my TI99). Is there anyone out there with the skills and time to take a shot at fixing it? (it's beyond my skills to do a component level debug - though I could probably fix anything if I knew what to do). Any assist would be very much appreciated... Cheers, Arthur...
  25. So this past weekend I became the new owner of a TI-99/4A and a small collection of games, among other items (see here). Among the games that I got, I have found that a number of them work only with the joysticks, while some work with the keyboard alone or with the joysticks as an option. I was under the impression that most (all?) TI-99/4A games used the keyboard in case the user did not have the joysticks present. That could be the nostalgia talking as to be quite honest I know very little about the TI-99/4A. I've always wanted one because I remember playing a few games on the machine in my first grade year of elementary school, and then later for about a week when my brother borrowed one from someone at college to check it out. Also if there's any other information that other fellow TI-99/4A owners might like to impart (other game suggestions that I should be on the lookout for, suggested websites to peruse, and modern methods for transferring files to and from a PC for the TI-99/4A), it would be greatly appreciated as well. I'd like to learn whatever I can about this neat little machine.
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