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My Ti-83 will not turn on, even after putting in new batteries. Occasionally some black will appear on the screen along with some symbols but it then shuts off. Any ideas what is wrong?

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  • kakima Aug 19, 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.

    If that doesn't work, remove all four AAA batteries. Press and hold the ON key for ten seconds. Replace the batteries. Does the calculator turn on now? (You may have to adjust the contrast, as described above.)

  • blarson91 Aug 20, 2010

    This got my screen on and legible, but it still isn't working. Now there are black stripes going horizontally across the screen and if I use any numbers, not only does it write them in the bottom right corner of the screen, but they are also upside down and appearing left to right.

  • kakima Aug 20, 2010

    It's beginning to sound like you're going to need repairs. But try this first: Remove all four AAA batteries. Press and hold the ON key for ten seconds. Replace the batteries and turn the calculator on. Does this do any good?

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Try to increase the contrasts by pressing the key (2nd) and the up arrow until you can see the screen.
Tell me if this fixes the problem or not.

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