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TI 99/4A crash [message #281260] Wed, 25 March 1987 17:22 Go to next message
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Originally posted by: tom@vaxwaller.UUCP
Article-I.D.: vaxwalle.735
Posted: Wed Mar 25 17:22:31 1987
Date-Received: Fri, 27-Mar-87 04:11:42 EST
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Organization: Varian, Walnut Creek CA
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Keywords: garbled screen
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	I wonder if anyone out there in ti.netland experienced
	the problem I am having lately with my TI 99/4A home
	computer:

		It powers up fine for a game and then within
	5 minutes the system would lock up with no response
	from the keyboard or joystick and the screen page is
	either frozen or garbled up. It is certainly related 
	to heat in the circuits for it would be up longer
	when first used. 
		I suspected the video chip(TMS9918) which has
	a heatsink attached to it, so I replaced it with
	another one but the problem didn't go away .I checked
	the power supply board which is fine.

		I certainly  appreciate any help via e-mail
	and I will post a summary. My little 7-year old is 
	suffering from CWS (computer withdraw syndrome)!
		
						tom cao
					Varian Instrument
					(415)9452157
Re: TI 99/4A crash [message #281262 is a reply to message #281260] Tue, 31 March 1987 23:35 Go to previous message
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Originally posted by: scon@charon.UUCP
Article-I.D.: charon.714
Posted: Tue Mar 31 23:35:29 1987
Date-Received: Sat, 4-Apr-87 07:04:41 EST
References: <735@vaxwaller.UUCP>
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Organization: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
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Keywords: garbled screen
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In article <735@vaxwaller.UUCP> tom@vaxwaller.UUCP (Tom Cao) writes:
 > 
 > 
 > 	I wonder if anyone out there in ti.netland experienced
 > 	the problem I am having lately with my TI 99/4A home
 > 	computer:
 > 
 > 		It powers up fine for a game and then within
 > 	5 minutes the system would lock up with no response
 > 	from the keyboard or joystick and the screen page is
 > 	either frozen or garbled up. It is certainly related 
 > 	to heat in the circuits for it would be up longer
 > 	when first used. 
 > 		I suspected the video chip(TMS9918) which has
 > 	a heatsink attached to it, so I replaced it with
 > 	another one but the problem didn't go away .I checked
 > 	the power supply board which is fine.
 > 
 > 		I certainly  appreciate any help via e-mail
 > 	and I will post a summary. My little 7-year old is 
 > 	suffering from CWS (computer withdraw syndrome)!
 > 		
 > 						tom cao
 > 					Varian Instrument
 > 					(415)9452157

In reply to your article concerning the lock up of the console.  
Many of the console lock ups are related to the cartridge port. 
X-basic epecially.  Using an eraser on the contacts to clean them, and 
making sure the circuit edge connectors have good contact would 
be the first thing to check.   Also I have seen several power 
switches get bad connections which wiggling them will determine
if they are the culprits.  But I really thing you are experiencing
lock up due to the cartridge port.

     One last thing to think about is the speech synthesizer.  Many
people have problems with lock up due to the speech synthesizer.  You
did not mention what hardware was attached to the machine.  I would figure 
that a Speech syn is attached.  Try removing it and seeing if lock-up 
still occurs.

                Scott Beeker
                UNM Computing Center
                geinah:sbeeker

Some of us engineers still use little machines to amuse ourselves.
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