|What's in the box?||Sofware installation||Adding the FPU||Addind an EGA monitor|
|ON||Auto-Switched display mode||PRT bidirectional||COM 2||Double dot font||Ext. RVB||North European font|
|OFF||IBM EGA compatible||PRT output only||COM 1||Single dot font||Plasma||American Font|
Memory map with MI.COM, up to 562KB free with keyboard, mouse and EMS loaded!
|This menu to optimize the booting options
according to what I need. I can install the mouse or not, and the ZIP drivers or not. Last, I can run Quick Menu or not.
You can download here the drivers (EMS, MOUSE, KEYBFR) and my booting files (AUTOEXEC.BAT, CONFIG.SYS).
|Here are the results of the hardware test performed by System Info (SI.EXE), part of the Norton Utilities.
Quick Menu III is a powerful desktop for DOS!
Runs with almost every resolution, can be adapted to the color number. You can fully drive it with the keyboard or with the mouse.
All settings can be user defined (colors, icons, position, background image, etc).
|DERIVE is the ancestor of the one integrated into the TI 92/Voyage.|
Able to differenciate, integrate, solve, plot 2D or 3D graphs. Here in EGA mode, 640x350.
|LE GEOMETRE, the ancestor of Cabri Geometre, the one integrated to the TI 84/92.
Here the trace of a point when another is moving: the result is a parabola. The screen mode is AT/T 640x400.
Grand Prix Formule 1
|Some games! Here Grand Prix F1, the Lemmings and Grand Prix 500cc.
CGA mode has a better visual aspect because in EGA the same brightness can represent different colors, so you can't differentiate them.
Grand Prix 500cc
|On the programming side, I installed Quick Basic 4.5, the Turbo C 2.01, the Turbo Pascal 5 and the assembler A86/D86.
Here you can the the compilation of BGIDEMO, the famous program that shows the capabilities of the Borland graphics libraries.
|Last, a visit to Windows 3.0a.|
The problem with that system is the lack of applications! In spite of the compatibility with Win3.0, most sofware requiere a 386 or extended memory or protected mode: everything you can't do with a 286/1MB.
As you can see, the screen is too bright because of the white background of the windows. I think I'll have to modify the color settings to make things better.
Under two plastic traps, you'll find two screws that hold the keyboard: unscrew them. (in yellow on the picture).
Under the keyboard, you'll find the slot for the FPU. You can plug in it a 80287 running at 8MHz to enhance the mathematics capabilities of the computer.
To verify if it's in working order, you can use that little fractal program. In Hercules mode, use FRACTHER.COM and in standard mode use FRACTCGA.COM. This program computes and displays the Mandelbrot fractal and makes a heavy usage of the Floating Point Unit.
With the key combination Fn + End the computer toggles to the external display, this switches off the plasma panel. (the reverse operation is performed using Fn + Home ).
Thanks to Johan Sanchez (merci!!) I had the opportunity to plug my computer to such
a monitor that are becoming rare...
|For all that deals with programmation the plasma display is comfortable and you can work on it for a long time without hurting your view.
On the other side, for all that concerns graphism, a color screen is really better.
Here you can see Quick Menu, 16 colors, 640*350