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TI-83+/SE and TI-84+/SE

How do I send and run games on my calculator?
How do I archive/unarchive programs?
How do I make my screen brighter/darker?
How do I recover from my calc after my OS installation was inturrupted?
Should I read my manual?
Are the 83+SE/84+SE fully compatible with each other?
How do I run a program or application?
What applications do I need?
84+: How do I check and set the time?
I sent a program/game to my calculator, but it isn't showing up in my APPS menu. Help!
My Calculator isn't running a program due to low memory, or a program won't send due to a "Insufficient Memory Error."
My 83/84 is showing weird slanted lines on ASM programs, what's happening?
Some of my games aren't showing up in MirageOS/ION!
I'm trying to send Mario to my calculator, but I can't send nagel.8xp. What gives?
What are the best games for my calc?

How do I send and run games on my calculator?
Answer:
Please visit our visual tutorial here.
FAQ entry #3 answered by Barrett 16 Jan 2005
modified by Barrett 6 Aug 2007

How do I archive/unarchive programs?
Answer:
Please visit our visual tutorial here.
FAQ entry #4 answered by Barrett 16 Jan 2005
modified by Barrett 10 Sep 2007

How do I make my screen brighter/darker?
Answer:
Press the [2nd] key then press and hold UP or DOWN until you arrive at the desired contrast.
FAQ entry #35 answered by Barrett 20 Jan 2005

How do I recover from my calc after my OS installation was inturrupted?
Answer:
Visit the tutorial section here.
FAQ entry #44 answered by SoberTillNoon 12 Feb 2005
modified by Barrett 6 Aug 2007

Should I read my manual?
Answer:
Absolutely! Not only is it permissable, but we encourage it! You can find solutions to many frequently asked questions not asked here in the guidebook, along with informative, illustrated, step-by-step tutorials on how to use the calculator and its features. You can also find more information about specific error codes, a command reference, and other useful information.

You can find the TI-83+ guidebook (appropriate for all calculators in this section) on this page as well. It requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
FAQ entry #69 answered by spencerdubya 22 Aug 2005
modified by Barrett 1 Sep 2007

Are the 83+SE/84+SE fully compatible with each other?
Answer:
Yes! In a rare instance of TI doing something correctly, all programs that work on the 83+/SE will work on an 84+SE. There are a few exceptions, but they're few and far inbetween. Also keep in mind that the 84+SE has a few extra functions and commands that the 83+SE doesn't support, so programs made specifically for the 84+SE may not work properly on your 83+/SE.
FAQ entry #70 answered by allynfolksjr 29 Aug 2005
modified by allynfolksjr 29 Aug 2005

How do I run a program or application?
Answer:
You can run programs by pressing the [PRGM] button from the homescreen, pressing the down button (or [ALPHA]+the first letter of the program) until the program you want is selected, and pressing [ENTER] twice.

To run an app, press the [APPS] button from the homescreen, press the down button until the application you want to run is selected (or [ALPHA]+the first letter of the app), then press [ENTER] once.
FAQ entry #68 answered by spencerdubya 14 Aug 2005
modified by Barrett 1 Sep 2007

What applications do I need?
Answer:

Texas Instruments has a wide variety of applications for the TI-83+ and TI-83+SE, the TI-84+ and TI-84+SE, and other calculators. Be sure that you are using the most recent version of the operating system on your calculator (you can run this by clicking the "Updates" button in TI Connect).

There are a wide variety of third-party applications available as well. To run games, we suggest running MirageOS, which will run Mirage- and Ion-formatted games. For math, you might want to check out Graph³ by Kirk Meyer (to graph three-dimensional equations), Symbolic by Brandon Sterner (adds symbolic functions), and Cabamap by Mike Vincent (uses a different kind of input than the default homescreen). Also by Mike Vincent is Omnicalc, which adds various functions and utilities to the calculator.


FAQ entry #67 answered by spencerdubya 14 Aug 2005
modified by allynfolksjr 30 Aug 2005

84+: How do I check and set the time?
Answer:

You can check the time by pressing the [MODE] button. The time will be displayed at the bottom. To set the time, scroll down to "SET TIME" and hit [ENTER]. This will take you to a menu where you can change the time and date.

To turn the clock on and off, go to the catalog and select either ClockOn or ClockOff.

There are also third-party programs, such as this one, that can graphically manage the time on your calculator.


FAQ entry #59 answered by spencerdubya 19 Jul 2005
modified by Barrett 6 Aug 2007

I sent a program/game to my calculator, but it isn't showing up in my APPS menu. Help!
Answer:
The main reason your program isn't showing up in the APPS menu is the basic fact that it isn't an app. A Flash Application is a special type of ASM program that will show up in the APPS menu, almost all programs for the 83/84 series aren't FlashApps. The most notable FlashApp is probably MirageOS, a shell that enables the user to run other ASM programs, such as games. You can find your program in the PRGM menu, which is found by pressing the always convenient PRGM button located on your calculator's keypad.

Even if you drag your program to the Apps folder on TI-Device Explorer, it still will not show up as an application.
FAQ entry #71 answered by allynfolksjr 30 Aug 2005
modified by allynfolksjr 30 Aug 2005

My Calculator isn't running a program due to low memory, or a program won't send due to a "Insufficient Memory Error."
Answer:
Your RAM (the area where programs are run) is probably filled up with other programs or variables. You should try archiving some of them to make more room to run a program.

If your link program won't send a program/app to the archive, try deleting some FlashAPPS or archived programs/variables.
FAQ entry #72 answered by allynfolksjr 30 Aug 2005

My 83/84 is showing weird slanted lines on ASM programs, what's happening?
Answer:
You're one of the unfortunate souls who has a less than optimal LCD Driver. It's a hardware problem. If you're not satisfied with the amazing LCD Fix, the only thing you can do is wait for an updated version of MirageOS to be released. Before you ask, no you can't beta test and it'll be released whenever it's released. You can read this thread on the Detached Solutions forum for more details.
FAQ entry #75 answered by allynfolksjr 31 Aug 2005
modified by haveacalc 11 Sep 2007

Some of my games aren't showing up in MirageOS/ION!
Answer:
Not all games/programs are MirageOS compatible. Almost all ASM games will show up in Mirage's file manager, but many basic programs do not. You'll have to run those manually through the Prgm Menu. Unarchiving/Archiving may be necessary to run them.
Also, ION only supports ION assembly programs -- it doesn't support MirageOS format assembly programs or basic programs at all. You'll need to use MirageOS to run MirageOS programs, and the PRGM button to run basic programs.
FAQ entry #76 answered by allynfolksjr 31 Aug 2005
modified by Andy 3 Sep 2005

I'm trying to send Mario to my calculator, but I can't send nagel.8xp. What gives?
Answer:
Mario.8xp and Medit.8xp send just fine because they are in the correct format. Nagel.8xp is just a renamed 82 file, so TI Connect is saying it isn't compatible. What you can do is either:
  • Open Nagel.8xp in Notepad or some other text editor and change the beginning of the file from **TI82** to **TI83F*
  • Download a fixed version.

For more information, see this thread on the Detached Solutions forum.
FAQ entry #77 answered by Andy 3 Sep 2005
modified by Andy 15 Oct 2005

What are the best games for my calc?
Answer:
Since there are so many games to choose from, and since this question comes up so often, threefingeredguy came up with the bright idea of listing the best games for the 83/84/+/SE series and the 89/89T. (copied from topic http://www.calcgames.org/cgi-bin/teemz/teemz.cgi?board=_master&action=opentopic&topic=1295&forum=Discussion)

83+/83+SE/84+/84+SE
These games require MirageOS to run. It can be found under "Misc: Shells"
-Super Mario
-Phoenix/Galaxian
-Space Station Pheta
-Pac-Man 99
-Lotus Turbo Challenge
-Wolfenstein83
-zDOOM

These games can be run directly from the Programs menu. They are written in BASIC and therefore are slower and less graphical. However, they are still fun.
-A Dot RPG
-Age of Darkness Series
-Bob Game
-Final Fantasy: TOM and TOM2 (note, will not work at ALL on a regular 83+)
-Illusiat series
-Legend of Zelda
-Metroid
-Metroid II: Evolution
-Metroid Pure
-Starcraft Protoss
-Reign Of Legends series
-Reuben Quest 1 and 2
-XXR

89/89T
You will often have to install a kernel to play some of these games, but I do not know what you will need to do for each game. Please read the README file that comes with the file for installation instructions.
-Arena3D
-BlockMan
-BomberMaze68k
-ChronoFantasy
-Galaxian/Phoenix
-Jezzball
-Kirby
-Tankers

I don't know anything about the BASIC games for the 89, so try them for yourself.
FAQ entry #85 answered by ryantmer 24 Aug 2006
modified by ryantmer 2 Sep 2006

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