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Ti 85 graphing calculator

Will not power up after changing the batteries. Do I need to change the memory backup batteries as well?

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Calculator turns on, but cannot turn off and no other buttons work.

If the TI-84 does not function even though you are sure that the
batteries are fresh, you can try manually resetting it by following steps:

1. Remove all of the AAA batteries from the graphing handheld

2. Press and hold the ON key for ten seconds

3. Replace the batteries

4. Turn on the unit

When you reset your graphing handheld, the contrast sometimes
changes. If the screen is faded or blank, adjust the contrast by
pressing 2nd and releasing up-arrow or down-arrow keys.

Aug 28, 2012 | Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Calculator

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I have a TI-83 graphing calculator and it keeps reporting 'Low Battery'. We replaced the 4 AAA batteries with a fresh set and got the same message. The calculator is less than 2 yrs old. Do I need to...

There can be two causes to this problem. One, the batteries that you put in may be expired. Some batteries have expiration dates on them (i.e. Duracell). If the year on it has expired or is coming near to expiring, you may have to put newer batteries in there that are longer lasting in years. Even if the expiration year is far-off, you still may need to put newer batteries in the bay. Two, your hypothesis of changing the lithium battery are correct. I read in the manual that you should change it every 3 or 4 years. The lithium battery is the back-up battery and it is like a memory card for you calculator. Whenever you put a new fresh set of batteries in the bay, the lithium battery saves your information while you are inserting the batteries in the bay. When you turn on the calculator again, it saves your functions that you've had in there. Hope this clears up your confusion! Reply back if you are still seeing the message.

Jan 15, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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Screen not on with 4 new aaa batties.don't know if cr bar is okay or not would it still come on if bad

TI calculators have an annoying habit of dimming the screen when the batteries are changed so that it appears as if the calculator isn't turning on. Turn the calculator on (or at least press the ON key). Press and release the 2ND key. Press and hold the Up-arrow key for a few seconds and see whether the screen becomes legible.

The backup battery is only to retain the contents of memory while you change the main batteries.

Oct 28, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-85 Calculator

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Whenever i try to link my calculator with other ones it always says error in xmit. no matter what i do

Read the following answer from the TI Knowledge Base.
Hope it helps.

How can I troubleshoot an Error in Xmit error message when transferring data between two graphing calculators?

The Error in Xmit error message is returned when a connection cannot be established between two calculators when attempting to transfer data. There are several factors that can contribute to this error message.
• The calculators being connected are not compatible for data transfer.
• The data cable is not firmly connected to both units.
• The receiving calculator is not in receive mode.
• The I/O port on one of the graphing calculators is damaged.
The procedure for connecting two graphing calculators is as follows:

• Connect the data cable to the I/O port of each unit. The cable will fit tightly in the I/O port and snap into place. If silver from the cable is visible, the cable is not properly connected.
• Access the Link menu on each unit
• Place the receiving graphing calculator on "Receive"
• Place the sending unit on "Transmit" or "Send" from the Link menu.

Once the data has been selected, the transfer will commence accordingly.

The data transfer protocols for graphing calculator is as follows:

• TI-73 - Link allows data sharing with another TI-73, TI-82, TI-83, and TI-83 Plus.
• TI-82 - Link allows data sharing with another TI-82.
• TI-83 - Link allows data sharing with the TI-82, TI-83 family calculator, and TI-84 Plus family calculator.
• TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus family- Link allows data sharing with another TI-82, TI-83 family calculator, and TI-84 Plus family calculator.
• TI-85 - Link allows data sharing with another TI-85(To a TI-86. Not From a TI-86).
• TI-86 - Link allows data sharing with another TI-86 and from a TI-85 to a TI-86.
• TI-89 family- Link allows data sharing with another TI-89 family calculator and from a TI-92 family calculator.
• TI-92 family- Link allows data sharing with another TI-92 family calculator and from a TI-89 family calculator.
• Voyage™ 200 - Link allows data sharing with another Voyage 200 and TI-92 family calculator.

If the cable does not fit properly into the I/O port, or if the I/O port appears to be damaged (broken or separated plastic, obstruction inside the port), call 1-800-TI-CARES (1-800-842-2737) M-TH 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM FRI 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Central Standard Time to speak to a representative or sending an email to

Oct 22, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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A friend gave me a TI-86 graphing Calc. I wont turn on!!!

maybe try changing the small memory battery inside, I think its a cr1616 or cr1620. If this doesn't work use it as a paperweight.

Apr 23, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-86 Calculator

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TI-85 manual

I have the original TI-85 Graphics Calculator Guidebook (quite thick), but I no longer own the calculator. You are welcome to have it, since I was just about to throw it away. If you want it, please e-mail me at: within the next week, as I'd like to get it off my desk. Thanks! -- Sandy

Aug 13, 2008 | Texas Instruments TI-85 Calculator

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