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TI Calculators / A modern(ish) almost guide to installing fargo.
« on: October 02, 2020, 04:03:05 am »
So, I've owned a TI-92 for a while now, but I never got to install Fargo on it.
In case someone doesn't know what Fargo is, The TI-92 doesn't have built-in assembly support. Fargo is the jailbreak that enables you to run these programs.

This was not my first attempt however. For a long time I thought the issue was my cable (I have a USB silverlink), because when Fargo came out, the most common link cables were serial and parallel ones, but as it turns out, the issue was software-side. The thing is, TI-Connect doesn't support RAM backups, and that is the file we need to send to the calculator. On windows, we could theoretically use TILP, but the issue with this one is that the USB cable drivers that are available for that one are ancient, and I doubt they would work even on windows 7, tet alone 8 or 10. I tried, of course, but unfortunately Win10 totally refused to even recognise them.

The solution I found, was to install the precompiled TILP and libtiusb packages from the ubuntu repositories on my older laptop running lubuntu 16. As far as I know, these should be available on newer versions of ubuntu too.
This setup allows me to send RAM backups to my TI-92 with some caveats:
1. Apparently backing up and restoring the contents of the RAM somehow destroys the jailbreak.
2. TILP is massively unstable in this configuration. I've found that sending any file besides a RAM backup will almost certainly freeze the program midway through the operation.
These issues, while a little annoying can be circumvented pretty easily. For example, for sending files to the calculator, I use TI-Connenct on my day-to-day windows laptop, and I only bring out the linux machine (it's actually dual-boot) when I need to install Fargo.

Now, I did this, before WSL2 was out, and I also never tried out the serial link idea. I might try out these routes at a later date.

As a bottom line, I'd like to say, that I'm very impressed with how smooth fargo is. It really feels better than the ASM support included in later models by TI, and I have yet to have any crashes. On the other hand, I think I found a bug-thing: the longer the calculator runs, the more there are of those weird folders named 0001, 0002, 0003, 0004... They only appear in the ASM-based file browsers, so I'm not sure if this is a Fargo or TI-OS thing. Fortunately, as far as I know, a reset and reinstall fixes these every time. It is not a gamebreaker, it's juxt that they build up over time and appear at the top of the folder list, so if I want to open a program using the assembly shell, I have to scroll down over them.

Calculator C / What's the best sprite editor for TI 68k C/ASM?
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:52:09 am »
The title pretty much explains everything. A pencil-like feature would be perfect (like in paint), so i don't have to click on every pixel individually, and instead just drag my mouse with the button pressed down. Greyscale and masking support would be nice too.

So I recently upgraded from my trusty old WinXP laptop (I still love it, tho; I'm sure I'll find a nice retirement job for it) to a newer one, with Win10. Now, the thing is, i really dislike the new start menu. I can cope with the (arguably subjective) uggliness of the design and such, but the start menu is the thing that bugged me the most. So I went out, and installed a replacement (OpenShell, to be precise) and most of the time it works great. there's only one issue: It has some hangups, if I don't use it for a while. Now, what I suspect is happening here isn't actually the fault of the program. As far as I know Windows 7 and upwards have something called "idle mode" for applications that are currently unused in the backgraund. Those programs are moved to the page file, to free up RAM, and when they are brought up by the user, they get loaded back. Thing is, this causes delays (a few second max, worst case scenario), which are quite annoying, when one tries to bring up the start menu. My question is: is it possible to make a program "resident", to prevent it form going into the "idle" state and getting unloaded? Any help much appreciated.

TI 68K / TI92 Overclocking
« on: September 08, 2019, 01:30:38 pm »
Hi there! So I decided to overclock my ti92, and i found this site: and I want to do the version with the switch. There's one thing, though: the diagram showing the circuit with the switch and the two capacitors makes me suspicious. According to the article it should allow one to switch between an open cirquit and 57pF, which would make the switch make the calc either go slower than before the mod, or not work at all, depending on the position of the switch. To my mind it should look a bit more like on the attached pic (I modified it). Also, what kind of switch should I use?

Computer Programming / AmiWFRNG
« on: May 28, 2019, 05:14:09 pm »
W00t!!1!!! fINalLY THE amIGA HAs gOt THiS amaZInG GAme!!!!!1!!1111!  :w00t: FInaLLY WacKY FuN raNDOm NUMbargEneRAtoR!!!!1!!!1!
 *.* *.* *.* :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:  *.* *.* *.*
OMg oMg Omg!!11!!1!!
AND it'S v0.00000072 tOo!!?!!!!1!
E^3ms* was like: NO oNE GEts iT.
so HErE goeS SERious exPLainaTIOn foR iT:
Spoiler For Spoiler:
*clears throat*
So Wacky Fun Random Numbar Generator is  a long running gag in the TI calculator community. It's origins die in the darkness of history. Some say it was concieved at the age of the dinosaurs, some say it was the middle ages, and some say it could have even been the year 2000! At that time, was being flooded by random number generator games (you know, the ones, that pick a number between 1 and 100 and make you guess it by giving you hints). To ridiculise those "games" this masterpiece was made by the infamous Nick Disabato. You can read the launch article here: The game was since ported to almost every platform imaginable, except the Amiga. But fear not, for I shall bring you this crappy port!
This game is NOT supposed to be good. It's supposed to be even worse than a number guessing game. That's the joke. I think it falls into the same category as Sanic the Hegehog.
Spoiler For Spoiler:
I know it's Eeems** not E^3ms.
Spoiler For Spoiler:
Eeems is this BBS's sysop. We're on a BBS, right?

TI-BASIC / Pure TI-BASIC Greyscale
« on: January 22, 2018, 07:51:37 am »
Hi folks!
Today I managed to display some pictures in greyscale on my voyage 200 (though this should work on the other models too.)!
I made the picvars with iStudio2. Beware! This does not work on the emulator! It's intended for the real thing! That's why i was unable to get any screenshots.

Calculator C / TIGCC include issue
« on: December 08, 2017, 05:24:16 pm »
So, after a while of testing it seems to me as if my tigcc was unable to locate any files outside of the main file. In other words: i do #include <file>, compiler does: Error :file "file" not found. :(
Does anyone have an idea on how to fix this problem?
P.S.: Here's my path:
Spoiler For Spoiler:
"%GTK_BASEPATH%\bin;C:\ProgramData\Oracle\Java\javapath;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;%SYSTEMROOT%\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\;C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.8.0_144\bin;C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_144\bin;..;.;C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\;C:\Program Files\TIGCC"
. I'm running Win7 Pro 32bit.

Calculator C / Tigcc delay
« on: November 18, 2017, 09:21:42 am »
So i've got a little issue: How do i work delay into my program? I don't want it to run too fast, so that the user can see something. Is there lik a library, or do i need a workaround?

Calculator C / TIGCC kbd_queue problem
« on: October 13, 2017, 04:32:23 pm »
Well, I started into tigcc  programming, and i am unable t compile this example. Has anyona an idea why?
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#include <tigcclib.h>

void _main(void) {
    void *kbq = kbd_queue();
    unsigned short key;
    unsigned long count = 0;

    // clear the screen

    // print the string telling the user to press a key
    printf("Please press a key.\n");

    // while no key was retrieved from the keyboard queue
    while (OSdequeue(&key, kbq)) {
        // increment the variable number by one
        printf("Queue Check: %lu.\n", count);

    // tell them what key they pressed
    printf("The keycode was %hu\n", key);

    // wait for input before exiting

TI-Nspire / nspire linux gui
« on: September 04, 2017, 04:22:15 pm »
I've recently stumnbled across this: on the internet. Apparently it's a window manager, that needs only 0,5 MB of RAM. Maybe someone, having the right tools to do it, could use this to make a graphical interface for nspire linux?
Then we could finally put those linux hid drivers to some use. ;)
This would also make nspire linux more appealing to the average nspire user. I am also wondering, if it's possible to make it linux on the nspire easier to use.

General Calculator Help / ndless apps using HIDn
« on: July 15, 2017, 04:31:12 am »
Does anyone know of aby ndless apps using usb HIDn?
A text editor supporting usb keyboards would be quite nice, don't you think.

General Calculator Help / nsnandmgr not working
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:45:47 am »
I tried to use it (to use nlaunchy), and it crashed my calc evry time i launched it.
Does anyone know how to fix this? Or maybe an alternate program?

Ndless / ndless sdk
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:09:09 pm »
I tried to install the ndless sdk and now i,m totally confused.
There are two totally different instructions on ndlessly. But:
1. The links to the files in the one that seems easier are both dead.
2. The more complicated one: Why the heck do i need PHP, openssl and all that stuff to make a compiler running!?  ???   :banghead:
    Come on! It's a program that translates C language into assembly! Why do i need all that stuff complicated even to
    make a "Hello world!" example? I saw TIGCC, and it has a simple, minimalistic and understandable .exe installer.
    Shouldn't there be something similar for the nspire?
I'l gratefully apprieciate any help.

General Calculator Help / weird i/o port behaviour on ti-92
« on: May 23, 2017, 04:17:08 am »
Well, i've got a "little" problem with my ti-92.
So, i recently purchased a second-hand ti-92 on ebay. After unpacking, it was working almost perfectly (te i/o port was a bit picky, but worked), and it came with a real siverlink (!). So i tried to install fargo II... There were like no instructions on how to do this (except for DOS)! Then i found those pre-installed roms on ticalc (btw: my rom version is 1.12 05/08/96, if it helps), but they were being rejected by the ti linking software because of having an "incompatible file format". I tried to install TILP on my winxp computer, but it sadly didn't detect my calc. So i tried ito do it on my linux computer: I installed tilp and i began sending the backup file. At the end TILP said to me "backup failed", and art the same time my calc's screen began flashing from white to black, disregarding any input. When i tried to reset it with the button combinations , the screen chganged to b/w stripes, as long as the buttons were pressed. I've been forced to remove all the batteries. After this evrything was working just fine, besides the i/o port. I've been unable to connect to my computer with the ti software, nor with tilp, which additionally displayed me something abut "errno=11". Can someone help me? ???

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