TI-STARTER Kit

 
 

I designed the TI-STARTER kit to help you get your physical (‘real iron’ as they say) TI connected to your PC, in order to transfer files via the RS232 port.  There aren’t a lot of options without diving into some tricky methods, and all of which required purchasing more expensive stuff.


The typical “catch-22” is; you have software available online, you’ve downloaded it, but now you have no way to “get it” to the TI.


With this kit you should be ready to transfer files between your TI and your PC/Mac/Linux machines’ serial ports.


This kit include the items listed below and the program Magic File Manipulator (MFM) to assist in getting something to the TI.  This is probably the simplest method to getting started.


MFM is a great starting point, but if you plan on transferring a lot of stuff, you’ll likely want to investigate Fred Kaals HDX server software/hardware.  His software will allow you to run a PC side HDX server, that will ‘serve’ a PC folder of your choice, to the TI.  The major benefit of this is you’ll have all the storage space on your PC’s hard drive as the source.  It’s as close as you can get to putting a hard drive in your TI, as there really isn’t any cost effective way to do that, unfortunately.  The HDX program is hands down my most utilized feature on the TI!


With the latest version of my TI-Starter Kit v1.5 (to be released soon), I’m now including one of Fred’s utilities from the HDX suite, that doesn’t require any additional hardware modifications to the TI RS232 card.  It doesn’t capture the full potential that the hardware modification allows, but it will give you a taste of what could be.  He has also updated his suite to include other serial devices besides the TI RS232 card, like the UberGROM cartridge or NanoPEB.


You may purchase this kit directly from me, or via my eBay account.  I’ll be happy to ship world wide.  Contact me for latest pricing (approximately $30 USD) and shipping costs.  I make each and every one by hand, and test on a real TI before sending out.  I’m too OCD to send out junk.


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Kit Includes:


TI-STARTER Disk (TI SSSD Format 5.25” or 3.5”)

RJ-45 to 25-Pin Serial Adapter

RJ-45 to 9-Pin Serial Adapter

Ethernet Cable

Printed Setup Guide (see downloads)


Prerequisites:


TI-99/4A, Extended Basic, 32k Expansion System (of some flavor) with disk system, RS232 card, and a PC.

 

Latest Version 1.3 (20181128)

Starter Kit Downloads:

Part 1 (Included in kit) REV2.1

Part 2 (Using TeraTerm)


TI Disk Image (current version) includes:

    Magic File Manipulator v3.2.5

    Archiver v3.04

    CFHDX v2.1 (archived)

    Disk Manager 1000 v6.0 (archived)

    Documentation (archived)


TI Disk Image (previous version)


Bonus Disk with DM2K, DU2K, CFHDXS1

Bonus Disk v2 - unreleased - TBD


Magic File Manipulator v2.2 (original)

Magic File Manipulator v3.2.5 (supplement)


Archiver III v3.03 - User Guide


Disk Manager 1000 v6.1 Read Me

Disk Manager 1000 v6.1 Documentation


Disk Manager 2k v2.5 Doc’s - Readme

Disk Manager 2k v2.5 Doc’s - English

Disk Manager 2k v2.5 Doc’s - Dutch