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How to Put Games on your TI-84 plus or TI-84 plus silver edition

Many kids at school keep bugging me on how to do this so this is for you guys...and girls.


I figured this out by reading a lot on the Internet. I'm not some computer or calculator expert so I wont be able to answer your questions because I'm overwhelmed...and I might not know the answer.
So if someone sees a question in the comments and knows the answer please post it. Thanks.
 
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Step 1: Things You Will Need

Everything you need is listed here:
-TI-84 Plus or TI-84 Plus Silver Edition
-USB Cord (The same kind thats on the PSP
-Software that will allow you to mannage data on your calc (this is the one I use and its great)
-Ion, which can be found Here (This will allow you to play the games)
-Games to download (Hereis a great place to get games)

Step 3: Download Ion

Go here to download Ion, which will allow you to play the games.
Open the file.
Extract all files.
Send the files to your calculator's RAM.
If you need help look at the pictures.

Step 4: Install and Archive Ion

After you downloaded Ion and put it on your calculator press the "PRGM" key and youll see the three programs, execute the first one and it should say "Ion installed."

After that press second and the the plus key then 2 then 7
then go over the three programs and press enter so that there is a star next to it. If there is a star next to it then it is archived. The good thing about the archive is that you have more space in your RAM and if your RAM is deleted your archive is not. This way if Ion gets erased just unarchive those three and re-install, then archve them again.
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jhua12 years ago
OMG, it friggin cleared my ram. AHHH, i spent an hour putting all those in =____=
AdamS2 jhua14 days ago

Every one just get Mirage OS, it is so much easier because you send all your games to your ram. Some examples of games you can play are mario and tetris. it organizes it into one folder. so get mirage os ok

jhua1 jhua12 years ago
it keeps clearing my ram =_____= someone help please?
Yea, mine too. What I did was back everything up in TI-Connect and click restore when it gets cleared.
well, why don't put all the stuff in archive? Go to the memory menu, let you display all and then press enter to archive it.
Ion can't handle archived games, but a other program that can't be deleted via ram-clears called DoorsCS can, it has also a lot more features than Ion. It can be found here: http://www.cemetech.net/scripts/countdown.php?/83plus/asm/shells/dcs7.zip&location=wiki
Yes, but if if you put it in archive, when you have to clear your ENTIRE memory for quizzes, tests, midterms or finals, you will still lose it, unless your school is pretty slack and doesn't make you clear you calculator.
Then get zStart (http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fileinfo/429/42907.html), make it run on ram clears, get Omnicalc (http://www.ticalc.org/archives/files/fileinfo/226/22626.html) and activate the memory protection, now go to zStart and insert all Omnicalc hooks, try to put zStart again before you hand in the calculator. You'll notice that people can't visit any-more the reset menu. :)
Or use Mirage, you can set it up so when you clear the memory, it clears the memory without removing Mirage and all the games, and still displays the message all the teachers look for. You still have to be able to visit the reset menu, otherwise the teachers will just take the calculator away then you better be able to do math in your head, and fast.
It also works perfectly if you go to memory > Group > new group > add+ > press "right arrow" > press "enter". It comes with the calculator, and stays there even if the calculator is reset. To get it all put back just go back to memory > group > ungroup > select your group > press "3".
Sorunome Oolab12 years ago
But if all your memory is deleted the groups are as well. I found a little program to overgo really EVERYTHING:
http://www.brandonw.net/calculators/fake/
Well, I didn't try it out yet thought.
ScaleWiz5 days ago

Every time I try to put the three ion files on my calculator, as in right clicking them, there's no option to send to my calculator, and if I try to open one, Windows Explorer stops working and restarts. If anybody is still here to answer questions, please help?

rqsuvw6 years ago
every time i go to transfer ION to my calculator. it says "access denied" does anyone know how to get past this? its driving me crazy
alex8724 rqsuvw5 years ago
i got the same prob when u figure it out plz contact me and i will do da same wit u
Texas Instruments has recently added anti-gaming firmware to their calculators. This means you will not be able to install ION or anything like that to your calculator unless you convert your calculator to a previous version. An example a calculator with this is: TI-84 C Silver Edition
how do i convert? Do i have to buy a new one?

Try and find an older OS for your calculator and then use the "restore" function of TI connect to add the old OS

anth98 alex87244 years ago
It won't even find my calculator
Hey man , did you find out how to do it ? im getting the same problem now :(
me too HELPPPPPPPPPPP
Texas Instruments has recently added anti-gaming firmware to their calculators. This means you will not be able to install ION or anything like that to your calculator unless you convert your calculator to a previous version. An example a calculator with this is: TI-84 C Silver Edition
Texas Instruments has recently added anti-gaming firmware to their calculators. This means you will not be able to install ION or anything like that to your calculator unless you convert your calculator to a previous version. An example a calculator with this is: TI-84 C Silver Edition
agent3c rqsuvw1 year ago
Texas Instruments has recently added anti-gaming firmware to their calculators. This means you will not be able to install ION or anything like that to your calculator unless you convert your calculator to a previous version
Ninja jO11 months ago
it wont let me download the 'Software that will allow you to mannage data on your calc ', i do have the Ti-84 Plus C Silver Edition, but i did try to download the correct software for it and it didn't work, what do i do to get games on mine now?
Help please? i keep trying to add not only ion but doors CS, but it will not allow me to set to RAM.
Yes, i tried the button on the right, and nothing happened. I can only send it to "archive."
How can i fix this?
chaos12675 years ago
http://tiwizard.com/downloads/view.php?id=44ive noticed alot of people are having problems with ION... I really recommend you dont download ion. instead of downloading ION, download doors cs. just search it on google and you should find a place where you can download it. its basically the same thing as ion but its more organized and easier to use. once you have download it on your calculator just go to your applications and select it.

another problem people might have once they get the games downloaded is that doring gameplay the screen will be all wavy and slanted. this is caused by cheap screens in the calculators. so if this happens to you go here http://tiwizard.com/downloads/view.php?id=44 just run this in doors cs/mirash os/ION and your screen should be fixed...until a ram clear. if that happens just run this program again and it will work again.

btw if you get a syntax error you are not downloading the games properly... you need to open the compresed file, read the instructions more carefully

oh and make sure you backup your files on your computer using ti connect. i am almost cretain you will have to redownload everything at some point. sometimes something will mess up on the calculator and corrupt data. if something bad happens and your calculator starts to function improperly immediately erase everything ont the calculator to prevent any perminent dammage to your calculator. if you dont know how do delete everything press the 2nd button, press the + button with mem wriiten above it in blue or purple.. srry im colorblind, scroll down the page with the arrow buttons and select 7: Reset..., now at the top of the screen it should say RAM ARCHIVE ALL, press the right arrow twice so ALL is highlited, hit enter, now it should have a last warning about what will happen if you delete everything and select RESET. now your calculater should only do math problems so just hook it up to the computer and restore everything that was origionally on there.

i hope this will help some people and if you have a question or need help on something just tell me. I have downloaded many games on my calculator and have had it for about a year now... just make sure your questions are about the games on the calculator, i barely know how the math solving part works:)
it says incompatible device when i try to send it to my ti-84 plus C silver edition, please help
Wow it has been forever since I made that post, or used the 84 Plus. I had no idea a backlit color version came out. I'm honestly kind of jealous lol. I looked up some videos on YouTube to quickly see how it worked and noticed a couple comments saying how the Puzz Pack, an app that came with all 83/84 models, doesn't work on the Plus C calculator. Unfortunately what that means is programs coded for the Plus C are coded differently from 83/84/84 Plus games. Simply put, all games for the previous models of calculators are incompatible with your calculator and will not run on it. You will have to download applications specific to the Plus C. There is a small library of games for your calculator here http://www.ticalc.org/pub/84pluscse/.
Doors works great, thanks for the tip!
where does it say to open the compressed file? I've extracted all the files and opened the folders it told me too. when it said to execute the ion program it just gives me the syntax message
oh my email is chaos_1267@yahoo.com... i will try to help you but please realize im not a calculator expert and might not be abe to fix some problems you may experience.
 can u help me plz? how do u download games for doors cs?
1 find a place to download games from (i like to use ticalc.org)
2 click on the file you want to download
3 open the file
4 extract all files
5 send all the game files to your calculator
6 in the window that pops up for what your downloading, look at the ends of the files
7 you want the end to say 8XP (unless your downloading an app... you can tell if its an app if the picture in the file is a calculator with a lightning bolt) NOT 83P!
8 make sure you send the files to archive and not RAM
thats pretty much it
Okay, so I have everything set up, but when I go to use the program it won't let me. It just says prgm TETRIS
ok so i click on the ion thing inside the ion folder but nothing happens. why?
snowbunny124 years ago
my computer says usb comunication eror: insuficiant memory can anyone help
Is your RAM full? If you have to many things open your computer cannot hold any more activity
kutner473 years ago
where can you access your calculator RAM?
There should be a button to the right of the "Send to TI Device" window that says "Set to RAM" it will be usable when you select a program(s)
everlight4u4 years ago
Mine wont send it to the ram i only have the archive and dont send option! in plain english someone tell me what to do!
There should be a button to the right that says "Set to RAM" it will be usable when you select a program(s)
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