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Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« on: January 31, 2012, 03:18:33 am »
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How safe is it to download and play games on the TI-nspire CX CAS (the newest I believe)? Does doing it void my warranty?

Anyway, I'm mainly looking for Pokemon games. Any suggested games?

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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012, 03:22:21 am »
Heya and welcome here.

I unfortunately do not know if installing Ndless and playing ASM/C games can void your warranty, as people played ASM stuff on their TI-84 plus, crashed their calcs many times in the process, and when it broke, they had no problem exchanging it in stores. If your warranty requires you to ship the calc to Texas Instruments, then I am unsure, though. It would really have to be completely bricked, which has yet to happen. I think the most dangerous file so far is Nover.

Sadly there are no Pokémon remake for the TI-Nspire, but there is a Game Boy Color emulator called gbc4nspire that allows you to play all Game Boy and Game Boy color Pokémon releases. We cannot give links to the ROM files, though, as it would be against the forum rules. Google searches will most likely give you decent results. The emulator is located in the downloads section, along with Ndless 3.1.

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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012, 03:26:55 am »
i think that if they find some pieces of ndless on the calc when something else broke, they'll probably tell you that the problem won't be covered by the guarantee, since you used it in the way they don't want it to be used..

but if you go to the download section and download lua games (where no ndless is needed, so just put the prog on the calc and it should be able to run), you'll certainly have no problems. Lua is officially supported (they made it thereselves) so you don't have to worry about that.

so if you really want to be sure your guarantee does not void, you should just download games from ticalc or as dj said the download section (but look for lua games)
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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012, 03:30:15 am »
Downloading and playing games on the CX CAS is safe, and has not been demonstrated to void the warranty ;)
Some of TI's own OS upgrades (OS 3.0.1.1753 + boot2 3.x) for the older Clickpad and Touchpad models brick calculators (*); nothing of that magnitude was reported for any Ndless version, over nearly two years.

(*): after upgrading to OS 3.0.1.1753 without removing the enclosed boot2 3.x upgrade through TNOC ( http://tiplanet.org/forum/archives_voir.php?id=1922 ), hundreds (at least) of Nspire Clickpad / Touchpad users found, one or two reboots later, that their calculator wouldn't boot anymore, and failed to communicate with a computer through USB... IOW, their calculator could not be fixed through usual means. Calculators in that state need boot2 reflashing through the serial port, and can be done by third parties through additional ~$15-$20 hardware.
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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012, 03:31:47 am »
Oh right I forgot about that nasty OS bug. THat said, I think if an Ndless program permanently brick the calc and they discover Ndless is installed, the warranty would be void, right?

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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012, 03:49:55 am »
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THat said, I think if an Ndless program permanently brick the calc and they discover Ndless is installed, the warranty would be void, right?
Well, if it were, then the usage terms of the calculator would be pretty obscene :)
Users are free to use the hardware they own the way they see fit - even if the manufacturer doesn't like it. And besides, it's unlikely that TI's calculator fixing service checks each and every calculator for Ndless or whatever else :)
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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012, 03:54:44 am »
Thank you so much for the responses guys! Learnt so much from you.

I'm taking a look around at the available games... *imagines bullet hell game Touhou being played on a calculator*

What is Ndless, by the way?


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Re: Questions about Playing Games on TI-nspire CX CAS
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012, 03:57:55 am »
Ndless is, in common terms, the Nspire's jailbreak. TI made the Nspire a platform closed to native code (C/ASM) programming (which is a major shame because it's the most powerful calculator on the market), and has stuck to this silly stance for five years; but Ndless forces it open, and provides functionality that other native code programs can build upon.
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