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Any TI-99/4A Users Here?


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#1 - Ω -

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 10:04 PM

Anyone here use the TI-99/4A?


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#2 RickR

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 10:16 PM

 I do!  I've got a silver TI-99/4A, 33 cartridges, and a tape player cord.  Oh, and a multi-cart.  It's a fun computer to collect for!


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Posted 29 October 2015 - 10:27 PM

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 11:00 PM

Yes! Only a few cartridges, no disk drive. I do have the tape drive cable and a cassette player though, so I can save and load BASIC programs, and play a Scott Adams text adventure I have.


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Posted 29 October 2015 - 11:32 PM

Great to see you back, - Ω - !!!

 

I don't have much of a TI-99 collection, but CaptainBlackjack was just talking about his TI-99 collection in the chat. I think he said he had a few TI-99s with all of the accessories and a nice library of games. Hopefully he'll pop in here and share more about his collection.  :commodore_joystick:


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 02:58 PM

I JUST got one! :) 

I want Tunnels and Trolls, but I'm thinking that is a cassette game.    Rick is it on the multi-cart?


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 10:51 PM

Great to see you back, - Ω - !!!

 

Thanks!  I'm going to try and stop by here as a regular thing.  Nice to see we have some TI'ers here, RickR, RadioPoultry, The Professor and Rowsdower70.

 

I've only been back into the TI for a little over two years... I'm afraid I've gotten a little carried way.  It was my first computer platform and I find as I'm getting older, the nostalgia got the better of me.  The thing is, this time around I'm having much more fun because of modern technology and years to 'crack the machine', people are doing things with it now, that were only dreams back then. 


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Posted 30 October 2015 - 11:06 PM

I JUST got one! :) 

I want Tunnels and Trolls, but I'm thinking that is a cassette game.    Rick is it on the multi-cart?

Here's what's on the multi-cart.  I don't see it...but I can't see stuff right in front of my face sometimes.

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 07:45 AM

I've got one!  Love it, especially the speech!  Hunt the Wumpus is a great game.


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 07:50 AM

It's Tunnels of Doom, but I don't see it on the multi-cart. :)


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 10:57 AM

I was  long time ago belonged to the Chicago Ti-users group and have some of my games in the libary (Baseball and a superman game)


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 11:03 AM

It's Tunnels of Doom, but I don't see it on the multi-cart. :)

Well, it DOES have "Henpecked", and it's probably exactly the same as Tunnels of Doom.  Maybe even better.  That and "Henhouse". 


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:50 PM

I have both a Silver and Beige model, just one set of power and connection cables, I seem to recall a key or two wonky on at least one of them. No joysticks or anything. They been sitting in the closet a long time, so far I've not really gotten into this machine. 


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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:55 PM

You need at a minimum:  A set of joysticks, the speech box, and Parsec. 

The Atarisoft TI games are all mostly excellent.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 12:41 PM

It's Tunnels of Doom, but I don't see it on the multi-cart. :)

 

I'm not certain, but it could be that the cartridge has a GROM component that prevents it from being run on a standard ROM-only based cartridge.  It might have to be put into an Uber Cart (see attached photo) that also uses an Atmega1284P.

 

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Now that I think of it, they WERE put into UberCarts... hmmmm.

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Posted 01 November 2015 - 03:56 PM

You need at a minimum:  A set of joysticks, the speech box, and Parsec. 

The Atarisoft TI games are all mostly excellent.

 

I will keep that in mind, I love early speech in these machines, I played with AMIGA speech way more than I should have lol


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 04:02 PM

There are only a few speech games sadly.  Alpiner and Parsec are the two that come to mind that are really easy to find and fun.  Even with this limited selection, it is worth having for the fun factor.  And the other cool thing is that TI systems, games, and speech modules are all easy to find and inexpensive.  Sheesh, I have some extras if anyone is interested.

 

Odyssey 2 is another system where the speech module is a must.  In the case of the O2, it takes a system that is mostly "meh" and turns it into a must-have system that is a lot of fun.  IMO.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:54 PM

Hello, I am still relatively new to these forums.  I collect classic game systems and own 2 TI-99 4A home computer systems.  I need to look them over again but they are both silver, and as I recall one has the voice synthesizer and one does not.  The cartridges/games I have are: Munch Man, The Attack, Hunt the Wumpus, TI Invaders, Donkey Kong, Parsec, Hangman, A-Maze-Ing, Video Graphs, Early Learning Fun, Early Reading, Numeration 1, Household Budget Management, Home Financial Decisions, and Terminal Emulator II.  I played these as a small child in the mid 1980s quite a bit even before owning my Atari 7800.  At one time years ago my father had the data cassette tape device and programs for it.  I don't currently know where the programs are, he might still have them boxed up somewhere.  Have one basic joystick.  Good to see there is still such an interest in the system.  It was very well-made and as far as I know the ones I have still function, although I haven't tested them in years.  I'll try to get them out sometime soon and maybe post some pics if I get them running.


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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:56 PM

Hello, I am still relatively new to these forums.  I collect classic game systems and own 2 TI-99 4A home computer systems.  I need to look them over again but they are both silver, and as I recall one has the voice synthesizer and one does not.  The cartridges/games I have are: Munch Man, The Attack, Hunt the Wumpus, TI Invaders, Donkey Kong, Parsec, Hangman, A-Maze-Ing, Video Graphs, Early Learning Fun, Early Reading, Numeration 1, Household Budget Management, Home Financial Decisions, and Terminal Emulator II.  I played these as a small child in the mid 1980s quite a bit even before owning my Atari 7800.  At one time years ago my father had the data cassette tape device and programs for it.  I don't currently know where the programs are, he might still have them boxed up somewhere.  Have one basic joystick.  Good to see there is still such an interest in the system.  It was very well-made and as far as I know the ones I have still function, although I haven't tested them in years.  I'll try to get them out sometime soon and maybe post some pics if I get them running.

As Shia LaBeouf would say:  "DO IT!"


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Posted 04 November 2015 - 02:20 AM

 I'll try to get them out sometime soon and maybe post some pics if I get them running.

 

 Sounds good.  One of my favorite pastimes is seeing other peoples TI setups and the individual ways in which they've been upgraded, enhanced or modified.


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