Thomas makes, writes

2005-01-01

TI-83 Link Cable

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At the start of the third year of highschool (or fourth - I don't remember exactly) we had to buy a TI-83 calculator for math class, it was commonly known among pupils that many games were available for this device. One of the kids in our classgroup had some games on it, and we started sharing them and playing during class to pass some time. All the copying was done using the suplied 'link cable', which made it possible to transfer data amongst two calculators. I was told a large number of other games were available on the internet, so I searched the net, and found. Still, a pc-link cable was needed to transfer the game from the pc to the calculator, and those cables were costy. Luckily schematics to build such a cable for your own were also floating around on the net. I built the most modest I could find, due to the simple nature of the design, very few -and passive- components were necessary. This page has become quite obsolete, as I noticed that the calculators are sold with a pc-link cable these days (my brother bought a TI-83 plus two years later, with a link cable).

-I still keep this page for historical reasons-


Pictures of my cable

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the jack connector
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linkcable
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adaptor open(1)
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adaptor open(2)
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SUB-D 25 pin male connector
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The PC Software

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I used the program 'TILP'. I tested the Windows port too, and I noticed very few difference between the Windows port and the original Linux program.

Stuff I made

Images

punkers

I got this image from internet (it was a picture of a snickers with the text on it changed to 'Punkers'. I converted it to B/W, and used dez3c to convert the bmp to a program. Next I ran it, and interupted the program by pressing 'on'. Then I saved the contents of the graph to an image.