Just as the TI-83 succeeded the TI-82, the TI-86 followed up on the TI-85's
advanced functionality while adding a stylish new case, assembly support
similar to that of the TI-83, and greater memory capacity, while still
maintaining compatibility with TI-85 programs.
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» TI Connect for the TI-86
» TI-Graph Link for the TI-86
» Guide Books from Texas Instruments
» TI Connect
The TI Connect is the latest link cable produced by TI. It has a higher data transfer rate than the TI-Graph Link cable. It's a USB cable and lets you transfer data files (such as programs) between your calculator and your computer. TI Connect will only work on Mac® computers.
» TI-Graph Link
The TI-Graph Link is the older link cable produced by TI. It does not have as high of data transfer rate, but it does work wih almost all calculators. It connects to your serial port and like TI Connect is widely used to transfer data files (such as programs) between your calculator and your computer.
From time to time, TI will update the internal code of their calculators to
work around bugs, optimize functions, and even add features. This results in
several versions of each calculator in the marketplace. You can check the ROM
version of your TI-86 using the following key sequence and reading the number
on your screen:
[2nd] [MODE] [ALPHA] [S]
WARNING: After entering the above key sequence, DO NOT PRESS ENTER! If you
do, your calculator's memory will be erased. Press any other key to exit back
Known ROM versions:
» IR Link
The IR Link allows you to control infrared devices from your calculator or
communicate with other calculators (to play games or chat) over a wireless
» Link Cables
Link cables let you transfer data files (such as programs) between your
calculator and your computer.
» Power Extension Page
The Power Extension instructions will show you how to use AA (instead of AAA)
batteries without making any modifications to your calculator.
» TI-86 Turbo Page
These modifications to your TI-86 can overclock the calculator to 3-4 times its
BASIC programming on the TI-86 is nearly identical to that of the TI-85.
» The Rogue's TI-86 BASIC Tutorial
by Andrew Matta
» Tutorials at TI-Freakware
Assembly language programming capability is built-in to the TI-86.
» TI-86 Assembly Guide: Lesson 1
by Ahmed El-Helw
» TI-86 Assembly Guide: Lesson 2
by Ahmed El-Helw
» The Guide
by Jimi Malcolm
» Home of the Z80 CPU
by Thomas Scherrer
» 86 Asm Lessons
Several emulators are available to let you simulate TI calculators on your
computer. To locate available emulators and learn how to download a ROM image from your calculator, see our