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    I just got a TI-99/4a in a pile of other computer stuff.

    I'm mainly a Commodore guy, never used one of these things before. What can I do with it?

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    The same stuff you can do with just sbout any computer from thst era.. Including the C64.

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    It depends. What has it got with it? If it is just the console, you will want some cartridge software. The built in Basic is very slow and limited. If you have the Peripheral Expansion box with 32k memory card and floppy drive, then there is a lot more the machine can do.

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    Seems to just be the unit. I have been googling around. Any thoughts the FlashRom options? What's the best options (value vs features)? As for Memory expansion, I assume there are aftermarket options there?

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    There is a popular TI section on the Atariage forum, you will get a much better idea of what's possible there.

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    Shake your head in stunned dismay?
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    Goto http://harmlesslion.com/cgi-bin/onesoft.cgi?1 and download an emulator. Decide if anything is interesting enough to be worth pursuing on real hardware.

    TI-99/4A always seemed to offer a lot more promise than it delivered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krebizfan View Post
    TI-99/4A always seemed to offer a lot more promise than it delivered.
    It's one of the all-time "if-onlies" in the '80s home-computer period. They had a full-fledged 16-bit minicomputer CPU, comparable in performance and features to the freakin' PDP-11...and they did that with it!?
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    Well having virtually no licensed games or programs made it appeal to noone. I dont think kids in the arcade were ever saying "Lets go to my house and play Alpine".

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    I always wanted one back when, because hey they were shiny !

    As I remember, the TMS9900 is the processor in each card of the Reypack 99E PLC and we have hundreds of those at work, very reliable.
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