Today I had a bad shock when my trusted TI-84 Plus Pocket SE Calculator could not be turned on. I just purchased it last year, and TI-84 Calculators are not exactly cheap as every JC student in Singapore would know.
On Amazon, the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator, Silver sells for a whopping $174.99, which is almost like half the price of a smart phone. Students in Singapore can buy it at a slightly lower Student Price, but however as I am no longer a student, I would probably need to pay the full price, unless I get one of my cousins to help me buy one.
How to Repair the TI-84 (Cannot even switch on)
First, I did the common sense approach of changing all the AAA and even the button LR44 battery. No luck…
I noticed something strange happened to one of the batteries. A layer of yellow crust has coated the battery case. (I was using Ikea batteries)
I followed the 5 steps I found on the TI-84 troubleshooting site:
- Try a new set of AAA batteries.
- Adjust the contrast by pressing and releasing [2ND] followed by pressing and releasing [▲]; repeat as necessary. To adjust or lighten the display, use the down arrow.
- Remove one of the AAA batteries. Press and hold [CLEAR]. While holding [CLEAR], reinsert the AAA battery and press [ON]. The calculator should display the message “RAM Cleared“. Release [CLEAR] and then press it one more time to remove the message.
- Remove one of the AAA batteries. Press and hold [DEL]. While holding [DEL], reinsert the AAA battery and then press [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.
- 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.
After trying all the 5 steps, I still couldn’t get the TI-84 to switch on.
I then used a piece of tissue to wipe of the battery contacts which were coated with the battery leak. Then, I tried step 5 again.
Thank God, the TI-84 sprung back to life again, and I can save $200 for now…
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