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GottaLottaStuff
April 7th, 2011, 07:48 AM
Does anyone else have one of these? Mine doesn't have a power supply with it. The idea was to make a TI99/4A PC/XT compatible. In theory. :p

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47936517@N05/5598142726/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47936517@N05/5598143482/

RetroHacker_
April 7th, 2011, 08:16 AM
It's not really a PC clone as it is an automatic switchbox to allow you to connect a PC clone to the TI and use it's monitor and keyboard. I can't imagine that it really sold well, since using a PC with the TI's terrible keyboard would be painful at best. You still need an entire PC/XT clone to connect to the Triton - it's not a computer itself.

-Ian

GottaLottaStuff
April 7th, 2011, 09:00 AM
"an automatic switchbox to allow you to connect a PC clone to the TI"

Wow, there may be something more useless than that, but I can't think of it offhand. :)

RetroHacker_
April 7th, 2011, 10:39 AM
Wow, there may be something more useless than that, but I can't think of it offhand. :)

Yeah, which is why those things are pretty rare. Useless, and of limited interest... but scarce.

The only thing that box saved you from having to buy was a keyboard for the XT. And after trying to use PC applications on the TI keyboard, I'm sure everyone went out and bought one anyway. Out of all the computers on the market, I think the TI had the worst keyboard to use. At least the Atari 400 had a backspace key that wasn't a shifted character.

-Ian