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Ti-84 still won't work after the batteries were changed

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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 this do anything?

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Having received no response in over a month, I assume it was merely a matter of the screen brightness/contrast.

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