TI-99/4A in the 21st century

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Documenting new experiences with the TI-99/4A with the opportunities of the nanoPEB - CF7+ and the internet as an additional source for software.

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My brothers TI Setup

Posted on November 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM Comments comments (0)

 

A silver black/console with a few modifications inside. Check out the cool reset button next to the "=" key.

Another modification was a german keyboard, which sadly got a non-working "E" key. We had to exchange it with an standard US-one. The third modification is unvisible from outside. The visual display is a lot clearer and has much higher contrast colors than standard consoles. All modifications were mad...

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TI Games Programming Contest

Posted on November 22, 2010 at 3:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Owen Brand has started a TI games programming contest.

 

It's in TI Basic!

 

*Write a TI console BASIC game

*Game must be <=14k (for cassette loading)

*All games must run on an unexpanded /4a

*All entries due by January 14th

*You may enter as many 14k games as you wish, but only one will be considered for prizes

*Game may be either an original idea...

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Atari collection almost complete

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM Comments comments (1)

I am happy. With so much luck I have found a Atari Dig Dug cartridge on ebay, for less than 6 dollars with a buy it now option. I had never seen one before.

 

My Atari Games collection is now almost complete:

  • Centipede
  • Defender
  • Dig Dug
  • Donkey Kong
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Moon Patrol
  • Pac-Man
  • Picnic-Paranoia
  • Pole Position
  • Protector II
  • Shamus

The only one missing of the officially rel...

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Rescue mission - saving old data tapes

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 6:23 AM Comments comments (2)

One of the items we kept from our childhood was the collection of recorded MCs (music cassettes - tapes). On those tapes I have found audio music, private audio recordings from my home or school, and lots of self-recorded TI-99/4A programs.

 

Since I got my Texas Instruments PHP2700 Tape Recorder last week, I am reading in all the programs, mostly games, from these old tapes and saving them on my nanoPEB, for later usage.

 

It's TI Extended Bas...

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nanoPEB gets its 1 GB compact flash card

Posted on November 15, 2010 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (2)

I was able to successfully upgrade my nanoPEB device with a Toshiba Compact Flash 1 GB (F II). Now I have tons of memory avaiable for disk images.

 

If you buy your compact flash card at a store, be sure to keep you the option of returning it, if it's incompatible with the nanoPEB.

 

My brother catched his nanoPEB on ebay from Jaime Malilong on sunday. Jaime sells those self-made devices from time to time. On ebay he has got the username&#...

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Tons of new stuff arrived

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 5:42 AM Comments comments (1)

A hell of a lot Texas Instruments stuff arrived. Wow!

 

Yesterday my Texas Instruments PHP 2700 tape recorder arrived, fully functional and in pristine optical condition. At last I can save all the programs, I still have got on tapes from the 80s. Self written stuff from my brother and me. Stuff my dad has written and lots of programs, we have got from friends back then. The saving operation has started already. After everything i...

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finding a compatible compact flash card

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 6:43 AM Comments comments (8)

The nanoPEB, built by Jaime Malilong, comes with a 32 MB compact flash card.

Well, he has tested the nanoPEB with SANDISK Compact Flash cards up to the size of 1024 MB = 1 GB.

 

Since we are in the year 2010 now, it's really hard to get your hands on such small cards.

 

I have bought a Kingston 4 GB CF Card, because that was the smallest card in the electronic shop avaiable.

The nanoPEB & TI booted up correct, I executed the format and mount c...

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first steps with the nanoPEB

Posted on October 30, 2010 at 10:14 AM Comments comments (0)

My brother and I came together to start a really cool day. First we went to an electronic shop to get a power device for the nanoPEB and a card-reader for the Compact Flash Card, used in the nanoPEB. Then we went to his place to start the very first steps with the nanoPEB.

 

The advanced title screen made me scream out lout: "We are in!" (like David did in Wargames after getting into the WOPR system). Everythings works like a charm.

 

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