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Review by  adam honse
Reviewed on 2006-02-01
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

“Emu8x” is a great program for a TI-84+SE. Although it is slow, it allows me to write TI-86 Basic programs on my 84 and save them. It has a great transfer system when transferring programs to and from calculators, but not so great transferring programs from an emulated TI-86 (with VTI, a Win 98 PC, and a homemade parallel link). Only small programs transfer completely; large programs, such as “Super Mario”, do not work after transfer (You see the “Mario” logo, level select, and then it stops working).

I would really like this app much more if there were a way to load all of my 86 programs onto VTI and then break the ti86.sav file it creates down into the TI-86 RAM files used by “Emu8x” and send them to my 84 with TI Connect. Overall, a great program.

Review by  fsi scsi
Reviewed on 2005-10-10
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

"Emu8x" is a terrific program for those who've always wanted the functions of their 85/86 on their 83/84+(SE) - "at their fingertips". It is incredibly stable for a beta version - I've had it on my calculator ever since its initial release and it has not crashed once. Although there are minor improvements that can be made, they are not absolutely necessary to the operation of the emulator, and all in all, this is a great program to to download and install on your calculator.

Installation: 8.5/10

The process of loading a ROM into the emulator on your PC, signing it, and transferring it to your calc (it took ~30 minutes for me with my TI-86 ROM) is time-consuming and may be daunting for some people.

Operation: 9/10

It took a while for me to get used to the keys to operate the emulator, as the online manual (yes, you should read it before doing anything else) is a bit vague on some points. However, it's not too hard to figure out what to do. "Emu8x" loaded my 86 ROM very quickly on my 83+SE and displayed the home screen in no time at all. The reason why 1 point has been deducted here is because the key press detection was horribly slow at the original setting and I had to really fiddle with it to get a decent rate - although nowhere near the actual detection rate of the 86.

Memory Consumption/Other: 9.5/10

If you plan to load anything other than a 82/85 ROM, you should have a 83/84SE, as the memory requirements are steep. The streaming of the 86 memory from flash, saving states, and loading was cool, though. The screen became a bit garbled after saving a state, although it cleared in a few seconds.

Overall Speed/Ease of Use: 8.5/10

In some cases it took forever to get programs loaded, but since it's an emulator, I guess it's expected. One suggestion might be to automatically remap the keys once a ROM is loaded if aesthetically and technically feasible.

I successfully ran assembly shells on the emulator, and even played a few rounds of Tetris, though I am warning you it will be slow. Running programs that utilize grayscale will give you interesting, although not very useful, results.

Overall score: 8.9/10 Download and try it.

Review by  Floyd Maseda
Reviewed on 2005-10-10
Note! This review was written for a previous version of this file!

“Emu8x” is a first of its kind to my knowledge and is extremely accurate. I have an 86 ROM uploaded to my 83+SE and it works like a charm; although a little slow, it isn't so unbearably slow that I wouldn't use it. Although I do encounter a problem with TI-Connect, it still does not detract from the awesomeness of the APP.

Originality: 10/10

Usefullness: 9/10 I still prefer using the actual calc, but when you can only take one, this app is useful

Graphics: 10/10 just like the calc.

Linking: 7/10 doesn't seem to work with TI-Connect well; still haven't tried with another calc, though

Speed: 7/10

Overall: 43/50 (86%) Great job DS staff.

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