View Full Version : new aquisition ti99/4a

March 5th, 2008, 12:20 AM
well i got myself a B-Day present minus printer
hasn't got here yet but it will be here soon, shipped today. any quirks i should know about or things to check before diving in?

March 6th, 2008, 11:50 AM
came just in time for my birth day party lol hvcing fun with the best of 99'er books and tapes

it came with a parallax ti printer interface will that work with my epson rx-80?

March 6th, 2008, 03:14 PM
Nice unit and accessories.

You know I've never seen a Ti/99 machine in New Zealand. I don't think they ever got here.

March 6th, 2008, 03:51 PM
btw it works like a charm (printer too) only thing missing is extended basic(and a backspace+arrows ) i think and rf modulator but luckly uses same cheat cord as ,my atari 800

Terry Yager
March 6th, 2008, 04:11 PM
Yeah, that goofy keyboard is one of the few things I hated about that machine.


March 7th, 2008, 06:02 AM
Yeah definitely pick up Extended Basic if you get a chance, especially if you like playing around with the graphics end of things, the sprite commands on it are pretty easy to use.

Gotta agree with Terry regarding the keyboard -- the layout with the function key is kinda weird and takes some getting used to, and the overall feel of the keyboard is so-so, at best.

But the TI does have great cartridge games for it, though!

March 7th, 2008, 07:01 AM
The first and only TI-99/4A I have seen in operation belonged to a schoolmate's family, c:a 1984-85. Since then I have seen one or two loose without power supplies. Visually the black and silver reminded me about an Atari XL, or if it is the other way around since the XL series came out many years after the TI.

BTW, I was also low-balling on a loose TI-99/4A this week, but it went for much more than I had expected. It makes me regret not bidding (more) on a very nice boxed unit in Germany before Christmas. The final bid was so low that including international shipping it would've been less than $50.

March 7th, 2008, 12:56 PM
A few years ago at TCF, a guy came around with a couple of TI 99/4A machines.
They looked to be brand new in the box, but nobody wanted 'em.

I suppose they were holding out for a Coleco Adam. :-D

March 7th, 2008, 01:56 PM
ive had a lot of fun with it finally made a video of it and put it on youtube

March 9th, 2008, 10:17 AM
I've had my 99/4A systems since they first came out (I have a 99/4, a 99/4P, a 99/8, and a Geneve 9640 in addition to the 4A systems I have). The biggest quirks with them have to do with the contacts in the cartridge port. There is a bit of felt in there that gets really dirty--and which should be either removed or cleaned with some type of solvent (don't do this with it installed). It will cause the cartridges to work erratically or not at all. Some of the keyboards have a tendency to stick as well--the earliest keyboard has a pair of metal contact fingers under each keytop (they are safe to remove). They can then be cleaned with contact cleaner as well. Usual symptoms are failure to be recognized or a double character on screen afterwards. Later keyboards used a different kind of keys--and if they go bad it is just best to replace the keyboard. Most TI users have several of the cream Mitsumi keyboards as spares (Radio Shack sold a lot of these as parts after TI pulled out of the market).