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Re: Stuff and Things.

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I like that the RAM expansion has an LED. Is it just power or does it flash during memory access? :-)
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stephen_usher wrote: Sat Jul 09, 2022 1:23 pm I like that the RAM expansion has an LED. Is it just power or does it flash during memory access? :-)
At this point I don't know, I'll confirm when it arrives.
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For authenticity, I think you need to go into the shed and knock up some brushed alumunium big 'sidecar' cases for each of the TI-99/4a addons...like back in the day :D
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mrbombermillzy wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 7:34 pm For authenticity, I think you need to go into the shed and knock up some brushed alumunium big 'sidecar' cases for each of the TI-99/4a addons...like back in the day :D
Gotta admit, that kind of thing is in my wheelhouse and would look very cool :)
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Also ordered:

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So I should be able to get some proper MSX action going too :)
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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stephen_usher wrote: Sat Jul 09, 2022 1:23 pm I like that the RAM expansion has an LED. Is it just power or does it flash during memory access? :-)
Ok, so they all arrived today :)

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A bit shocked as I wasn't expecting delivery until Wednesday.

This is the TI 32KB expansion fitted:

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And this is the TI joystick adapter:

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Both work perfectly :) I haven't yet tested the Dragon 32 joystick adapter, but I'm confident it will work just fine like all the other stuff I've bought from 8bit-Tronics :)

BTW @stephen_usher, The LED comes on when the RAM expansion is in use, but it's just solid and doesn't flicker to show access, though it could be flashing so fast you can't tell :)

The board has an internal jumper and can take power from either the TI or an external PSU. I'm going with TI powered.
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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Re: Stuff and Things.

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Hmm, didn't think I'd find this on a TI99/4a:

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Plays nicely too.
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Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
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:) :dualthumbup:
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I thought I'd drop this one in as I found some VBXE demos for the A8 machines.

This is running on my 600XL with U1MB, POKEYMax and VBXE:

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I'm pretty impressed at what VBXE can do having seen both this and the version of Bomb Jack that seems very close to the arcade version.
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800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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Re: Stuff and Things.

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rubber_jonnie wrote: Sun Jul 10, 2022 11:38 pm Also ordered:


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So I should be able to get some proper MSX action going too :)
And according to the tracking, it has 'Left Overseas' so feeling positive :)
Collector of many retro things!
800XL and 65XE both with Ultimate1MB,VBXL/XE & PokeyMax, SIDE3, SDrive Max, 2x 1010 cassette, 2x 1050 one with Happy mod, 3x 2600 Jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Approx 20 STs, including a 520 STM, 520 STFMs, 3x Mega ST, MSTE & 2x 32 Mhz boosted STEs
Plus the rest, totalling around 50 machines including a QL, 3x BBC Model B, Electron, Spectrums, ZX81 etc...
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