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Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
Posted by Nick on 2 October 1999, 00:50 GMT

Ahmed El-Helw has recently released many exciting ports of popular games to the TI-83 Plus. These function under the Ion shell and can be also used on the normal TI-83 (under Ion, of course). They are (in no particular order) Baseball '99, Squarez, Sokoban and the classic ZTetris. For more information, head over to Ahmed's site here.

Update (Nick): Ahmed has fixed a widely known bug in the recently released port of ZTetris. Keep in mind that this copy will work on both the 83 and the 83 Plus as long as Ion is installed.

Update (Nick): Ahmed has fixed another bug in the port. You can grab the fixed version here. This copy should be working fine. Also, note that Ahmed will not be doing any further ports of games due to the massive amounts of flames he received in the past week. For more information, please go to Ahmed's website here.

 


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Re: Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
Joel Seligstein  Account Info
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Great! I've been waiting!! Great job Ahmed!!!! BTW: that firs post was completely unnecessary.

-Joel

     2 October 1999, 01:03 GMT

Re: Re: Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
Joel Seligstein  Account Info
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Ahmed: a little side note. On the 83 Ztetris, if you turn it off during the pause screen or let it shut down with APD, it erases all memory. Also, I did encounter many problems with it on the 83+.

-Joel

     2 October 1999, 19:41 GMT


Ahmed's Ports...
Jesse Overby  Account Info

First off.. extreme thanx to Ahmed for the ion conversions! : )

Here's my experience with Ahmed's ports. (I'm using a 83+ bios v1.12) All work fine except Ztetris, which has the following problem: If I press "mode" while playing, my calc crashes and when I take out a battery & turn it back on, the RAM is cleared. (not archive) If I don't press "mode", i have no problem. (press "del" to quit game at current position, and pressing "clear" until program exits work fine)

Solution for me = DON'T PRESS "MODE" while playin Ztetris. Of course, you can backup everything, including Ztetris (which gets deleted if you *crash* it) with groups.

I have 1 question for you out there, because I'm new to the whole Ti-83+ thing. What are the "BAD" effects of running all your ION programs out of archive memory? Just wonderin...cuz that's what I've been doin. Thx. Peace... Thx again to Ahmed.

     4 October 1999, 21:21 GMT

Re: Ahmed's Ports...
LORD_Thanatos  Account Info

um there arent any cept for the fact i have knocked down my total RAM by half cuz of all these AWESOME ION games, i keep everything in archives, cept for the lvl files for breakout, diamonds & bytes

     5 October 1999, 01:18 GMT


Running games from flash
Nick Lewis  Account Info

First of all, let me say that ION dosen't run the program from the archive, it unarchives it, then when the program quits, it rearchives it. The problem is that flash (archive) memory is limited to 1,000 writes (maybe it was 10,000, I'm not sure) I've had problems like getting a 'bad address' error when trying to archive/group anything and I had to backup my stuff to a computer and clear ALL of my memory. Just a note - clearing all your memory makes the calculator go alot faster.

     14 January 2000, 09:56 GMT

ZTetris for ION Problems
Ahmed El-Helw  Account Info
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Hey Guys,
It's been brought to my attention that ZTetris is having some problems under ION... first of all, there is a bug in Joe's FastCopy routine in ION, and he is working on fixing that. However, I will look into the source to see if I can find any other bugs that may cause crashing, and if you find any specific bugs [ex. it always crashes when you do this], please let me know. I already know it crashes randomally at times, and I am working on fixing that. Thanks.

     2 October 1999, 01:59 GMT

Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
LORD_Thanatos  Account Info

Yeah, no kidding, my TI-83 + is all screwed up now, when i turn it on, it turns back off (the screen flashes on then off) and all i did while playing ZTetris was hit [c l e a r]! now the whole thing is screwed up, it wont turn back on or anything, i had version 1.03 and yea, i think the version matters. i have e-mail texas instruments, and i am hoping they can help me fix this, but if any of you have any suggestions, please e-mail me at ralf_born@earthlink.net
please!

     2 October 1999, 04:07 GMT

Re: Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
Etec Account Info
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Have you tried checking the contrast, I've seen this happen with a regular ti 83. If it still does not work then it is on page B-4 in the instruction book on how to fix this type of problem, but you need a graphlink. ZTetris messes up my calc too, but never like that.

     2 October 1999, 15:52 GMT

Re: Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
no1

when the batteries r out, try holding down the on key 4 a few seconds and then (after letting go of the on key) put the batteries back in and turn it on if it's not already. i use this 4 my 89, but i remember it working on my 83 (so probably it would work on an 83+), 2. if not, then u'll have 2 take out both the regular and lithium batteries at the same time to clear it :(

     2 October 1999, 18:39 GMT


Re: Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
redink1  Account Info
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This happened to my 83+ too (but while running some other Ion game, I forget which one)... it is relatively easy to fix. Remove one battery from the back. Press-and-hold the Clear button (it is next to the arrows). Now re-insert the battery while still holding down the Clear key. Now, while still holding down the clear key, hold down the On key. It should start-up, then clear all the memory (including the archive). Page B-5 of the 83+ manual.

     3 October 1999, 02:52 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
LORD_Thanatos  Account Info

hm, it seems like the most reasonable thing to do.... but will it work if the whole calc's flash software is GONE? i dunno but i'll try it.....

OH MY GOD YOU ARE SOME SORT OF GENIUS, READING THE INSTRUCTION BOOKLET, WOW! IT WORKED!

     5 October 1999, 01:02 GMT


ZTetris for ION Problems
Ron! Account Info
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My brother's calc also is performing many garbage collects, it cleared his RAM three times, turned off the calc, the ZTetris screen is screwed up, and very annoying since we are going out of state!! Is the updated version working, does any one know?






p.s.
Read my post below.

     2 October 1999, 20:04 GMT

Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
LORD_Thanatos  Account Info

uh yea... ALWAYS SAY YES TO ANY/ALL GARBAGE COLLECTS WHILE RUNNING ION OR ANY OTHER ASM GAME ON THE TI-83+ OTHERWISE YOU GOT A PROBLEM!

     5 October 1999, 00:54 GMT


Re: ZTetris for ION Problems
Etec Account Info
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The 2nd update of ztetris has no problems that I have seen. The only problem I have seen is that the game moves to the left of the screen(squished) but you can fix this during the game by pressing mode (pause) twice.

     8 October 1999, 03:00 GMT

Ouch
Matt O'Connor  Account Info

ztetris erased my ram!, the first time it did it completly caught me offguard and i went around the room yelling explicatives, at least i had most of the stuff archived. it happend after i completed 2 lines then the screen went blank then the screen came back on saying my ram was erased, which it was. i didnt know it was ztetris but i decided to play it again after i put ion back on my 83+, and the same exact thing happen. i have bios 1.12 dont know if that matters or not

Matt

     2 October 1999, 02:36 GMT

Re: Ouch
Rackford Smith  Account Info
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I have 1.12 also, and ZTetris didn't erase my ram. I really dont think that it matters what version you have (1.10, 1.12). I think that it only affects certain ones, however, I don't know why.

     2 October 1999, 02:50 GMT


Re: Ouch
Matt O'Connor  Account Info

damn those new programs really fked up my calculator more than i though, that garbage game is screwing around with me too, even though its been deleated it keeps asking me if i want a garbage collect?, and the calc is all messed up now,its all buggy and crashes when ever it feels like, i guess ill start by reinstalling the bios, but man am i not happy

Matt

     2 October 1999, 05:16 GMT

Re: Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
Rackford Smith  Account Info
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Allright!!! I just got an 83+, and I already had all of the assembly games for it. Now there's all these good ones.

I'm not putting Ion down or anything, but it would be better if it were like ase on the 86, where it lists both Basic and Assembly programs.

     2 October 1999, 02:38 GMT


Re: Re: Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
Sean Hiett  Account Info

Hey man could you tell me how to get all those good games onto my 83+ because all of the good ones I download it always says "SYNTAX". If you could tell me what you did I would appreciate it. Thanks Sean

     12 February 2000, 19:15 GMT

Re: Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
Laszlo Windhoffer  Account Info
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I found one big problem w/ tetris. When I'm playing the game, and press Quit(Mode), there is an error:undefined and everything gets screwed up after that.

     2 October 1999, 03:16 GMT


Re: Re: Ahmed El-Helw Ports Many Popular Games to 83 Plus
GMax  Account Info

Yea the only problem is whenever you clear the ram after this to fix It crashes again
My only solution is waiting
I'm going to try an all mem clear next

     2 October 1999, 03:53 GMT

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