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Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Posted by Eric on 26 July 2000, 08:13 GMT

MirageOS v1.0w00t. That's all I have to say. Wait, no it isn't. The newly formed Detached Solutions, made up of various members of the TCPA, has released both their new website and their long-awaited shell, MirageOS, for the TI-83+. What's so good about MirageOS, you ask? Well, for starters, it's a FLASH application. It contains a gargantuan number of features for both users and programmers, and supports both Assembly and BASIC programs. It even includes TI-82 emulation for Ash and CrASH.

You can download this uberleet shell here or visit its home page here. In addition, a huge number of ports and new programs for MirageOS have either been released or are currently in the works.

MirageOS contains a huge number of features that are quite revolutionary to TI calculators. A sampling of these is below:

  • MirageOS supports many different program formats, including MirageOS-specific, Ion, BASIC, TI-OS ASM, Ash, and CrASH. With MirageOS, you'll be able to run more of the programs you need from one shell.
  • MirageOS gives the option of many external interfaces. It provides four built-in GUIs, but you can also have a command line interface if you'd like too. This means that you can make MirageOS look however way you want it.
  • One of my personal favorites is the tasker interrupt, which allows MirageOS to perform many functions while Ion and MirageOS programs are executing. For example, you can use a hotkey to change the contrast, quit and save the game immediately (e.g. teacher key), speed up the game, and even take screenshots of programs.
  • MirageOS contains excellent documentation for both users and developers. You can view its user manual here and see its Developer Notes here.

These are just a sampling of the features included in MirageOS. As you can see, Detached Solutions has obviously spent a huge amount of time on this great new shell, so be sure to check it out ASAP. Also be sure to visit MirageOS's Home Page. Congratulations to Detached Solutions!

 


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Missing 83 games!!!
tankrshr77

Has anyone noticed that all the old shell games for the 83's directories are gone!!?? Were they moved?

     27 July 2000, 02:15 GMT


Re: Missing 83 games!!!
Steve Whittaker  Account Info
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Could you elaborate on this a bit? I just took a look and everything seems to be OK.

-- micros

     27 July 2000, 03:49 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Scott Uhl  Account Info

First off, congratulations to the programmers. But, could someone make this for the TI-83. I've been waiting for something like this for a while. This is probably a stupid question, but does it work for the TI-83?

     27 July 2000, 19:58 GMT


Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Rob Sowby  Account Info

Of course not! 83 doesn't have Flash tech.

     27 July 2000, 20:01 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
ASimPerson
(Web Page)

he may have been referring to emulation...

--ASim
--ASimPerson

     29 July 2000, 00:59 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Robert Maresh  Account Info
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Quick Question:

I have a quick question regarding BASIC programs. Does Mirage OS UnArchive and ReArchive BASIC programs, or does it copy them to RAM and execute them?

Another Question:

There is a way to get around the password protection:

Take out the batteries to reset the ram, and then 2nd mem delete and then delete the Mirage OS App var.

The Solution? Have Mirage OS store the password to a hidden and archived program; this way, the password can never be removed except by clearing it through Mirage OS. Even if the mem was reset and the appVar deleted, the archived program would still exist. This way, the only possible way to eliminate the password would be to clear ALL Memory (including the Archive).

Bob Maresh

     27 July 2000, 21:09 GMT


Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Dan Englender Account Info
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MirageOS does not rewrite basic programs to flash ever, regardless of whether or not you've set the rewrite to flash flag in the options.

As for the your comment about password protection, we knew about this "flaw" since the beginning. What we wanted to do was make it hard enough that the average user would not be able to disable the password, while keeping the system simple. If we created a seperate hidden appvar, we would run into some problems. For example, if the user deletes MirageOS, they couldn't delete this appvar, and it would continue taking up space in their archive. Also, if they deleted MirageOS and then reinstalled it later, their old password (which they may have forgotten long ago) would still be active. And even with a hidden appvar, it doesn't provide complete protection. You can still reset Arc Vars, or unhide via Calcsys or some other tool. We thought the current system provided the best tradeoff.

     28 July 2000, 19:22 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Robert Maresh  Account Info
(Web Page)

I see.

     29 July 2000, 05:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
madgeneral  Account Info

But wouldn't the "2nd +" keyhook fix that? Seeming how that does stop anyone from getting into the memory manager... but I may be missing something. But anyways, I'm basically the one person at school that spread ION to everyone and had to fix their calculators everytime they did something stupid... and I plan to distribute MirageOS, but only to certain people due to the fact that most of them wouldn't know what they were doing in MirageOS... so there is no possible chance that they would figure out how to get around my password or any of the other advanced features in MirageOS unless I tell them how to do it.


But besides this, I don't care what anyone says, MirageOS is freaking awesome... a work of art. Well done everyone that worked on it. I've been waiting for a program like this, and I plan on using it to it's fullest. Now if ya'll would just hurry and get the rest of the manual up... hehehe, j/k, take all the time you need.

     31 July 2000, 18:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Dan Englender Account Info
(Web Page)

Thanks :) (The rest of the manual should be up soon).
As for the keyhook, that would work, unless you reset your RAM, at which point the keyhook is disabled. Obviously you can't reset your ram from the memory menu, but you can do it by running a program then taking out the batteries.

     1 August 2000, 06:05 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
acr34  Account Info
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Does anyone have any ideas for debugging Mirage programs without having to send them to the calculator (Sort of like VTI)? The TI-83+ simulator/debugger only supports .hex and .app applications and VTI doesn't support Flash

     28 July 2000, 01:46 GMT

mirage on VTI
CDP

what you have to do is put the app on your calculator, and then make a backup of it... that app will be saved in the rom immage, and you can run it in VTI

just make sure that you don't have anything in your flash other than that app, or you'll never be able to get rid of it in VTI and that's a pain in the ass, cuz you never want to keep those progs on you calc

     28 July 2000, 10:54 GMT


Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
acr34  Account Info
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Problem solved.

Send it to calc with the new glink, then recieve with old glink. Send to TI Flash Simulator/Debugger.

     28 July 2000, 19:20 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
David Barham  Account Info
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I am using the TI-Graph Link and on my link menu I do not see a "Send Flash Software : Applications And Certificates" submenu. Is there an update I can download or what?

     28 July 2000, 04:04 GMT


Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
The_Great_Piccolo  Account Info
(Web Page)

The latest version of the TI-83 Plus GraphLink Software is available at:

http://www.ti.com/calc/docs/link83p.htm

Love that Anime!

     28 July 2000, 04:16 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Reno  Account Info

Wow, now the 83+ has something the 86 has always had: emulation :)

Seriously, though, good job on programming something more useful in the TI community. I'd probably die trying to program something like that. I guess I better hit the z80 books; this program makes me want to try something I know I can't do; anybody want Gunstar Heroes for the 86? :P

     28 July 2000, 14:14 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
lava59

how do you send this program to the calculator using a parallel link cable?

     28 July 2000, 17:07 GMT


Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
alex cooke  Account Info

u don't

     31 July 2000, 15:49 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
gordon dame  Account Info

CAN ANYONE tell me how to program movement commands with the arrow keys adn NOT have it flash from have that "Goto" command at the bottom. (Pause it until i do something aka hit a button in other words). Any info would be appriciated.

-Thnaks

     3 February 2001, 02:30 GMT

Re: Detached Solutions Releases MirageOS v1.0 for TI-83+
Reno  Account Info

Wow, now the 83+ has something the 86 has always had: 82 emulation :)

Seriously, though, great job on making something different. Now my nephew will quit whining about how I can play all his games but he can't play mine :)

     28 July 2000, 23:03 GMT

Folders
Rob Sowby  Account Info

How do I make new folders?
-Sowby

     29 July 2000, 02:52 GMT


Re: Folders
The_Great_Piccolo  Account Info
(Web Page)

In the program manager, press X,T,o,n, Y=, Y=, then type in the name you want, press enter.

Love that Anime!

     29 July 2000, 03:57 GMT


Re: Re: Folders
gordon dame  Account Info

DBZ 4 EVER!!!

     3 February 2001, 02:32 GMT

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