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Make sure you have the batteries in correctly. You may want to put fresh ones in for these procedures to work. The batteries alternate negative, positive, negative, positive. The first time I put my batteries in, I had one backwards and, it was hard to see that it was in backwards.

Make sure the IO ports at the top or, button of the calculator are clean. You don't want a dirty connection missing the procedure up later on.

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

Press and release the 2ND key. Press and hold the Up-arrow key for a few seconds. Now, Pressing the [2nd] key followed by pressing and releasing the up arrow; repeat as necessary. Is the screen showing any activity? If not continue the process.

  1. Remove one of the AAA batteries. Press and hold the [CLEAR] key. While holding [CLEAR],
    reinsert the AAA battery and then turn the calculator on. The calculator should display the
    message "RAM Cleared". Release the [CLEAR] key and then press it one more time to remove the message. If calculator did not display the message try pressing and releasing the [2nd] key followed by pressing and releasing the up arrow for one second. Goto step 2.
  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". Follow the instructions for the
    TI-83 family or TI-84 Plus family to reinstall the calculator operating system. If the calculator did not turn on connect the calculator to the computer and open Ti Connect. Next, open Device Explorer. Is the calculator asking to be installed? goto step 3.
  3. Steps to re-installing the operating system:

    ~Connect the TI Connectivity cable between the PC and the calculator.
    ~Click on Start >> Programs >> TI Tools >> TI Connect >> TI OSDownloader
    ~Follow the on-screen directions to reinstall the calculator's OS. When or, if the calculator install the fresh OS goto step 4.

  4. Remove all of the batteries including the round lithium battery for 5 minutes. After the 5 minute period, reinsert all of the batteries and turn the calculator on. Adjust the contrast if necessary.

If this process did not work for. Try re-doing the process and, extend the time by 5 minutes before you put all the batteries back in the calculator.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010

  • charles williams
    charles williams Jan 01, 2011

    If the above procedure didn't help you try the instructions below.
    Re-do the procedure above but, substitue this step (2) below for step 2 in the procedure above.
    2. Remove one of the AAA batteries. Press and hold the [ON] key for 20 seconds. Reinsert the
    AAA battery and then turn the calculator on.

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    John Doe Mar 09, 2014

    I have tried all of these steps over and over (yes the batteries are in correctly and have been replaced multiple times with brand new ones including back-up) and my screen literally will not show a single thing. No messages, no showing saying it is corrupted (constantly checked the contrast) its like it is off. Any advice what to do after this?

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SOURCE: my ti-83 plus has OS problem

the buttons are *hold clear and take the battery out then put it in dont release clear until you turn on the device* OR * the same with the DEL button

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SOURCE: TI-83 Plus Silver Edition 1.14

That means that you know your calc crashed. This can be caused by taking out the batteries durring running time, happened just randomly. Well nothing to fear just press clear and it should go away but if it stays on that screen you have problems and is best to try some of these methods. Take out all the bateries and press and hold the on button for 30 seconds. Put the batteries back in and it should have reset. Warning you should archive everything incase this happens. To archive go to 2nd mem and hit enter to put a astrick next to the app (meaning archived)

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SOURCE: TI-83 Plus will not let me view a table

Hello,
I have just done what you said you had done, but I got a nice, correct table of values. You might have discoverd a secret command to clear memory.

Cheers.

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SOURCE: ti-83 plus silver edition. calc won't turn on.

Hello,
Well, if screen shows the RAM CLEARED message, that means your calculator is working. Just press the [CLEAR] key, message will be erased and you are ready to crunch numbers.

Hope it helps.

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SOURCE: ti-83 plus ram cleared message when turned on

It calculator tells you Ram Cleared each time you turn it on, the most likely reason is that the backup battery is depleted. Its role is to keep the memory modules electrically refreshed when calculator is turned off. If the backup battery is dead, the memory is erased when you turn calculator OFF. Main batteries no longer supply power and the contents of the memory are cleared.

  1. Check that main batteries are good and inserted in calculator.
  2. Turn calculator OFF.
  3. Replace the backup battery.
  4. Turn calculator ON.
  5. Press the [CLEAR] key to erase the "Ram Cleared" message.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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