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From page 5 on here:  https://ftp.whtech.com/magazines/TIusers/tinsep83.pdf  (September 1983).

 

Does anyone have the actual program and/or manual for this?  It's what went into the MiniWriter II/III/+ cartridges (and then WordWriter, Beyond Wordwriter, and the Editor in TI Workshop/Magic Memory).

 

Also, I'm curious if the source for this ever got released.

 

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Hi, 

 

 I have it on tape, and it seems an original one. Unfortunately, I have no manual, and use the one from version II

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Hi, 
 
 I have it on tape, and it seems an original one. Unfortunately, I have no manual, and use the one from version II

If you can run DiskIt and save it as a disk file, or sample the WAV at 44.1kHz, and take a photo of the cassette, please let me know!
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I will soon provide a photo. I never sampled a tape, and I don't know DiskIt. Could you hint me where to find more info on both topics?

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Here's Mini-Writer v1.0 that I dumped with TAPE994A back in 2011.  Everything is included in the ZIP file.

 

It shows "Model Masters" on the cassette label but loads with "Databiotics".  I got this from TexComp around 1987/88 when I ordered the Mini-Memory module.  I'm not sure if it came with a manual.  I'll dig around and check in the next few days.

 

 

606237438_Mini-Writerv1-0.thumb.jpg.df3960390a7f1105949f77687415425e.jpg

 

TAPE994A.zip

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16 hours ago, Torrax said:

Here's Mini-Writer v1.0 that I dumped with TAPE994A back in 2011.  Everything is included in the ZIP file.

 

It shows "Model Masters" on the cassette label but loads with "Databiotics".  I got this from TexComp around 1987/88 when I ordered the Mini-Memory module.  I'm not sure if it came with a manual.  I'll dig around and check in the next few days.

 

 

606237438_Mini-Writerv1-0.thumb.jpg.df3960390a7f1105949f77687415425e.jpg

 

TAPE994A.zip 511.86 kB · 6 downloads

You rock!  Thank you!

 

Edit:  @Torrax - I see a MINIMEM and MINIWRIT file in the archive - is one for E/A and one for the Minimem?  Do you remember?

 

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MINIMEM - Line-By-Line Assembler - the tape included with the Mini-Memory cartridge

MINIWRIT - Mini-Writer v1.0 - the bonus tape from Tex-Comp

 

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Hi,

 

 for the record, this is a photo of my speciemen. As you see, the name on the tape says "TI MINIWRITER 1.0", but it is a sticker, maybe printed from an owner. When running the program, a titlepage brefly appears and displays "MINIWRITER I" "DATABIOTICS". No sign of Texas Instruments. I wasn't quick enough to take a photo.

I wonder if I should remove the sticker, and see what is below, or if I risk to tear the original label.

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4 hours ago, Count9929A said:

Hi,

 

 for the record, this is a photo of my speciemen. As you see, the name on the tape says "TI MINIWRITER 1.0", but it is a sticker, maybe printed from an owner. When running the program, a titlepage brefly appears and displays "MINIWRITER I" "DATABIOTICS". No sign of Texas Instruments. I wasn't quick enough to take a photo.

I wonder if I should remove the sticker, and see what is below, or if I risk to tear the original label.

IMG_0272.JPG

Note that the main label on the tape (under the sticker with Miniwriter on it), is a Tex-Comp label, and that there is yet another sticker between the two of them. I don't think I have ever seen a TI cassette of the Miniwriter program--it was announced, but I don't think it actually made it to production under TI's watch. The only cassette I know of that was approaching release (and that was far enough into the process to actually make TI-branded cassettes) was Minipede. The tapes first showed up as part of a bulk buy of random cassettes (without manuals) by Tenex or Triton (I have to go back and look to see which one it was) that sold them in groups at a steep discount. The lots I bought had a couple of Minipede tapes in them.

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Inspired by Torrax, and for the purpose of learning how to do it, I sampled my copy of the tape, too. MAME can read the wav, so I think that I succeeded. 

Now, I'd like to create a disk version (EA3 or EA5). Torrax used TAPE994A, but it seems ot e a windows-only tool, and currently I have no Windows PC in use. I'd prefer a multi-platform tool. Is there any available? Even better, is there a TI99 program that allows to save as disk files, the assembly program loaded from tape into the Mini Memory, or created with the LBLA?

I find very strange that MiniMemory allows to Load&run assembly programs from disk, to create new programs, but not to save programs to disk. 😞

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11 hours ago, Count9929A said:

 

I find very strange that MiniMemory allows to Load&run assembly programs from disk, to create new programs, but not to save programs to disk. 😞

I think if you know what address your program is loaded at then envoking the"S" and address range, then it does save TO TAPE if using debug. But, yeah, no disk

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On 10/2/2021 at 3:19 AM, Count9929A said:

Inspired by Torrax, and for the purpose of learning how to do it, I sampled my copy of the tape, too. MAME can read the wav, so I think that I succeeded. 

Now, I'd like to create a disk version (EA3 or EA5). Torrax used TAPE994A, but it seems ot e a windows-only tool, and currently I have no Windows PC in use. I'd prefer a multi-platform tool. Is there any available? Even better, is there a TI99 program that allows to save as disk files, the assembly program loaded from tape into the Mini Memory, or created with the LBLA?

I find very strange that MiniMemory allows to Load&run assembly programs from disk, to create new programs, but not to save programs to disk. 😞

 

This may or may not work.  It's a TI-99 program called DiskIt that will save a cassette program directly to a disk (it can work on anything - TOD Games, Adventure, BASIC programs, E/A, etc.)  Or at least, let's hope that's what is on the disk.

 

DiskIt by Maple Leaf Software.  No longer have the manual.  PC99 Format, I believe.

MAPLE_LEAF.dsk.zip

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