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TI-84 Plus, Garbage Collecting.....

My screen is frozen on garbage collecting and when i hold delete, take out a battery and put it back in, i am brought to the waiting, please install operating system screen, however from here no button does anything except for on which brings me to a screen that says error, press any key to turn unit off, then turn unit back on
i saw your solution that involved a cable and connecting to the CPU however i do not possess one and i remember getting a solution involving only keys on the calculator
any thoughts?

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  • dori09 May 22, 2008

    I have a TI-84 Plus and I went to 2nd MEM and I hit reset all and now everything that was in my APPS. except Fiance everything is gone!!! Is there anyway I can get them back?!?!?!?!

  • ushi1 Sep 15, 2008

    When I turn on my ti 84 plus silver edition calculator it turns off in a second. I have changed the batteries and it still will not work.

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There is an easier way. No deleting anything involved. When you turn on your calculator and it says "Garbage Collecting" take out all 4 AAA batteries. Then, either put those same 4 back in, or replace them with 4 new ones. Then, hold down the -CLEAR- button, and then at the same time, press on. If your batteries are almost dead, nothing will pop up but it will look like the screen is kind of flashing. New batteries will fix that problem in a jiffy, and then brand new calculator :) Worked for me, hope this helps!

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  • net1 Aug 21, 2013

    THANKS VERY, BECAUSE YOUR METHOD DID WORK FOR ME. I AM THNKFUL!!

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Well your calculator garbage collects to get ride of the "trash" that comes from unarchiving and rearchiving programs. When you held delete you deleted your Operating Software. So unless you attach it to the computer and reinstal it there is no way to fix it. If your friend has a cable you can use that but other than that you cannot do anything to fix this.

BTW: dori09 when you hit reset you cleared the ram of the calculator and it seems unfortunate that they were all unarchived and were deleted. You can get them back by going to the ti site and downloading them there back onto your calculator.

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I think its because one or two of the memory kernels got "hit" to many times so it cant be used to store data or return info...

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My TI-84 calculator says "Garbage Collecting" and won't work, how should I reset it?


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What can be done if a TI-83 Plus family or TI-84 Plus family calculator displays Garbage Collecting... for more than 20 minutes?

The garbage collection allows the cleanup of unused archive memory. It deletes unarchived variables from the user data archive and it rearranges the remaining variables into consecutive blocks. When a variable is unarchived, the Archive free memory amount increases immediately, but the space is not actually available until after the next garbage collection.

If garbage collecting is more than 20 minutes, the calculator has possibly locked up and will need to be reset.

The reset procedure will delete all the items that are in the memory of the graphing calculator. Use the reset procedure below:
• Remove 1 AAA battery.
• Press and hold down the [DEL] key.
• While holding down the [DEL] key, replace the AAA battery, and press the [ON] Key.

The message Waiting... Please install calculator software should appear. At this point, it will be necessary to reinstall the calculator's operating system.
• Connect the calculator to the computer using the TI Connectivity Cable or DirectUSB Cable.

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• In Windows®, click on Start >> Programs >> TI Tools >> TI Connect >> TI OS Downloader.
• In MacOS® X, open Hard Drive >> Applications >> TI Connect >> TI OS Restore.
• Follow the directions on screen to reinstall the calculator's operating system.
Access the link following for detailed instructions on how to complete operating system installation.

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Ther is no reset button. You have to take the batteries out.

Take the AAA batteries out and take the back up battery out...located in a little door with a screw just above the AAA batteries. Leave the batteries out for about 8 hours. This is how you reset a TI graphing calculator.

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Apparently you can reset the calc if you remove a battery, hold delete and re-insert the battery....

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The Garbage collect may go for 20 minutes or longer... wait a while. If that doesn't work, take out all the batteries and let it sit for 3 hours.

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