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Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Posted by Michael on 22 January 2003, 21:46 GMT

Ion v1.6 has been updated to run on the new-style 83. This version resolves the issues with the faster screen controller that plagued games. You can download Ion v1.6U here.

With that fixed, users should take a look at Phantom Star for the 83/83+. It's a scrolling space shooter, with external level support as well as six integrated levels.

 


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Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Charlemagne Account Info
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Who would buy an updated 83 when you can get a 83+?? What's the point, TI?

     23 January 2003, 00:34 GMT


Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
gorion Account Info

Well, it's probably cheaper, especially with the blue screen, like the TI-82 had all along.
Wouldn't it make more sense to have the link port on top, though? After all, that's where the teacher editions have the connector to the overhead.

     23 January 2003, 01:38 GMT

Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Ahron Barnea  Account Info

When a Ti 89 version will be available?

     23 January 2003, 13:20 GMT


Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
rmohr02 Account Info
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I assume you mean Phantom Star (as opposed to Ion), and phantom star can't be nearly as good as Phoenix is.

     25 January 2003, 18:11 GMT

Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
DWedit  Account Info
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I had written another version of ion 1.6 called Unoffical Ion 1.6 that had a fixed version of the fastcopy routine, this version is much worse, it just disables fastcopy rather than adding the 3 necessary nops to the inner loop of fastcopy.

The problem pretty much is that the TI83 (style 2, the kind with round buttons that looks kinda like a TI83+, not the newest crap kind) has a slower LCD driver and needs more time between LCD writes.

     24 January 2003, 00:08 GMT


Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
DWedit  Account Info
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I just double checked, and yes, that is a REALLY BAD version of Ion 1.6 to use because it disables fastcopy.

Suggestion to author: Next time don't just disable fastcopy, add the 3 nops instead, so it works quickly and properly.

     24 January 2003, 00:15 GMT

Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Jorrit Tijben  Account Info

Yes, you two are totally right. The disabling of IonFastCopy was the idea of Joe himself, as I contacted him. The 'nop' solution is better, so I adapted it directly. As for the long queue of pending files, it will be available in about 3 weeks. Thanks for the comment!

     27 January 2003, 12:36 GMT


Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Joe Pemberton  Account Info
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You two? That was dwedit talking to himself.. =P

     27 January 2003, 15:10 GMT


Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Jorrit Tijben  Account Info

I noticed too late... *shame* ;)

     27 January 2003, 21:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
angelboyfox  Account Info
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which one is better, MirageOS or Ion??

     30 January 2003, 22:41 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
JcN Account Info

MirageOS, if you can spare the memory on your TI-83+.
Ion should only be used if you do not have more than 16384 bites of Archive memory free. It is good to have MirageOS because...
1. When an asm game fails and clears your RAM, the MirageOS shell will not be erased.
2. The MirageOS shell supports Ion, MirageOS, CrASH, ASH, and BASIC programs
3. It has more features than Ion, and is more stable*.

If you cannot have MirageOS, use Ion because...
1. It is a smaller shell
2. It has more "direct" support than MirageOS (there are more Ion programs than MirageOS programs. That is why MirageOS was designed to be compatable with so many different programs)
3. It has more add-on modules

You make the choice, but if you can, use MirageOS.

*Do not use MirageOS on TI-83+ SE's because it IS unstable on their slightly different OS. I tell you this from my first-hand experience. My SE does not use Ion, however. It uses Plasma 1.4.

     2 February 2003, 04:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
JcN Account Info

MirageOS, if you can spare the memory on your TI-83+.
Ion should only be used if you do not have more than 16384 bites of Archive memory free. It is good to have MirageOS because...
1. When an asm game fails and clears your RAM, the MirageOS shell will not be erased.
2. The MirageOS shell supports Ion, MirageOS, CrASH, ASH, and BASIC programs
3. It has more features than Ion, and is more stable*.

If you cannot have MirageOS, use Ion because...
1. It is a smaller shell
2. It has more "direct" support than MirageOS (there are more Ion programs than MirageOS programs. That is why MirageOS was designed to be compatable with so many different programs)
3. It has more add-on modules

You make the choice, but if you can, use MirageOS.

*Do not use MirageOS on TI-83+ SE's because it IS unstable on their slightly different OS. I tell you this from my first-hand experience. My SE does not use Ion, however. It uses Plasma 1.4.

     2 February 2003, 04:04 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Ion Updated & Phantom Star Released
Panthrowzay  Account Info

Not to be mean bu that not all true
if you download Mirage 1.2 your RAM will be fine

     27 March 2005, 04:29 GMT
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