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I found my old TI-83 plus and put new battieries

I found my old (maybe 5-6years) TI-83 plus and put new battieries in the machine, it doesn't seem to be working. Does this mean it is ultimatly dead?

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  • kakima May 11, 2010

    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. Does it?

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Having gone over a month without a response, I assume this is no longer a problem.

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  • fhastie Apr 16, 2012

    I had the error message warning me to change batteries. I did that and when I turn ON a dull black square apppears accorss entire screen. I tried your tip above but no change occured. Please let me know if you have an alternate suggestion.

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My Texas Instrument TI 83 Plus will not turn on?


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. If this doesn't do it, please reply to this post and we'll go on from there.

Feb 11, 2012 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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What is the different between ti-86 and ti-83


The 86 has more memory. It also has some advanced calculus capabilities the 83 doesn't. However you're much more likely to see examples for the 83 in textbooks and other references.

TI-83:
http://www.ticalc.org/basics/calculators/ti-83.html

TI-83 Plus:
http://www.ticalc.org/basics/calculators/ti-83plus.html

TI-86:
http://www.ticalc.org/basics/calculators/ti-86.html

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My TI 83 Plus will not come on at all I have inserted all new battieries and went thru the reset process. Any help would be great


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.

If this doesn't do it, please reply to this post and we'll go from there.

Aug 03, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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I haven't used the calculator in a long time(TI 83 plus) and I put in a new set of batteries. The old ones that were in left some battery acid, but not much. The calculator doesn't want to turn on. It's a...


hi adamsukienni,

Clean the battery damage up real good. Gently scrape to terminals of corrosion. Back in my day we use to put a little bit of coke cola to clean car battery posts to get a good connection. If you could put a little bit of coke on a Q-tip without getting any inside the calculator that would be good. Just let it soak in for about 30 minutes. And gently scrape the bad areas again clean of the corrosion. You have to clean it up to metal so, that when the battery is in it will be metal to metal connection.

If you can download new OS with another Ti83 Plus or, don't want to install the new OS goto Procedure 1.

Be ready to install the new ti 83 OS v.1.19. So, setup your computer with Ti Connect software and, have the new OS v.1.19 download ready and, in "My Documents \ My TI Data \ Downloads." If you need additional instructions on how to connect the computer to the calculator you can read my instructions at another posting I did. You can go to that posting by clicking, "Connection Instructions," under this paragraph. Just remember the OS was for a Ti 84 Plus and, your's is a Ti 83 Plus so, don't download the OS from the other posting. I'll give you a link below this paragraph to download the correct Ti 83 Plus OS v1.19 for your calculator here at your posting. Just follow the other posting to where I say, "You can also go back and, download the Ti 84 Plus guidebook too, if needed." After that statement the computer and, calculator get connected with the cable and, your not ready for that process, yet! When you come back to this posting and you have downloaded the new OS to the proper folder goto Procedure 1.

Additional computer to calculator connection instructions click, "Connection Instructions."

Ti 83 Plus OS v.1.19 download click, "Ti 83 Plus OS v.1.19". Save this download to "My Documents \ My TI Data \ Downloads".

Procedure 1.
Take all the batteries out for 10 minutes, including the very small one that you have to use a small philips screw driver to get it out. Watch out for the spring under the small battery, it might pop out. Replace all the batteries after 10 minutes with new ones, including buying a new small battery. The small one might cost about $5. I know it is expensive but, this might work.

A battery reset procedure should bring your Ti 83 Plus back to life.

Make sure the batteries are in correctly? The batteries alternate negative/positive, positive/ negative and so on. The first time I put the batteries in, I didn't have them in correctly. I know if it happen to me that anybody could make the same mistake. And of course, the calculator will never come on if the batteries aren't in correctly.

If your Ti 83 Plus turns on when you put the batteries back in you do not have to re-install the OS. I just think it is better since, your OS might be corrupt.

The process below should reset your calculator.

1). Pressing the [2nd] key followed by pressing and releasing the [Up Arrow] key. This adjust the contrast in case the contrast was to low. Keep repeating if necessary for about 10 seconds and, then go to the next step. If calculator comes on and responds to key functions your done. Once again, if your calculator turns on after this procedure you do not have to re-install the new OS. You can quit these procedures now with a perfectly good calculator.

Please be prepared to re-install the calculator's OS, if you run through this process.

2). Remove one of the AAA batteries. Press and hold the [DEL] key. While holding [DEL], reinsert the AAA battery and then turn the calculator on. The calculator should display
"Waiting...Please install calculator software now". Connect to other Ti 83 Plus and, install OS from that calculator. Or, follow the instructions, I gave at the other posting "Connection Instructions" to reinstall the calculator operating system and, connect the computer and, calculator. You can start where, I say, "Link your computer and, Ti 84 Plus (Your's is a Ti 83 Plus) with the proper cable (USB or Black Link). Upon completion your Ti 83 Plus will be ready to use and, the new OS installed.

Jan 18, 2011 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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I cannot turn on the ti 83 when i put turn on button nothing happen


Try a new set of batteries, also make sure that the battery contacts touch the batteries properly and that they are clean, if old batteries have leaked it may have corroded the contacts.

Sep 20, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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I am looking on Craigs list at a TI-83 plus that is 5 yrs. old. Is this unit as good as a new one? ( or one that is two yrs. old)


A TI-83 Plus is a TI-83 Plus. An old one may not have the most current firmware or apps, but you can download those from
http://education.ti.com

Sep 16, 2010 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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BLACK LINE WHEN TRY TO TURN ON TI-83 PLUS


it seems it have an internal problem of contact and you must get it repair, or consider buy a new one that model is a little old.

Oct 02, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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When we put in a problem (e.g. 6x6) the first few lines at the top are on top of each other... I replaced the batteries but still a problem.


I noticed that the ti 83 plus and ti 84 plus APPS seem to miss up, even more since he ti 84 came out. And the only difference is more memory. But, they do have more APPS now and have tried to tweek some of them but, they get pretty bad at times. The stuff on the internet causes a lot of problems like yours. If you run an APP maybe it might clear out the screen is a quick fix. What you said it reminds me of study cards or some graphing APPS screwing up. Make sure you graphing and plot are off too. And then run some APPS and see if it helps.

Sep 10, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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Ti 83 plus small black screen?


try pressing 2nd then hold in down arrow to change the contrast

Feb 14, 2009 | Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Calculator

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