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Booster Pak is an exciting addition for Model 100 and 102 users. Originally offered by Traveling Software, Booster Pak was their answer to the quest for more internal RAM storage and multiple ROM access. (see specs below). Booster Pak is the same size as a Model 100 or 102 and attaches to the bottom of the computer; adding only 3/4-inch to the height and 1 1/4 lbs to the weight. Connection to the computer is via both the system bus and option ROM socket (cables included). A minimum Booster Pak comes complete, ready to run as is. Includes the famous TS-DOS for TPDD, TPDD2 and MS-DOS computer access via BoosterLink, and an xmodem communications program, both on ROM. Manual covers installation, expanding and use.
Booster Pak is a battery-backed, non-banked, RAM-disk storage RAM acting independently from the computer's 32K RAM and power. Files (.DO) may be any size within the limitation of the Booster Pak. Files loaded into the Model 100/102's RAM may not exceed the Model 100/102's free RAM. Large files may be created in the Booster Pak's, non-banked, RAM-disk storage RAM via user-programming, but may not be loaded into the Model 100/102's RAM for processing unless they are split into smaller files. BASIC file access to the Booster Paks RAM is supported by the R: command variable, i.e., OPEN"R:filename.ext"FOR ... etc.
Note: Booster-Link (Aka: Desk-Link) is once again available from Club 100. Desk-Link allows direct Booster Pak to DOS computer file transfers. Desk-Link runs on your DOS computer, turning it into an emulation of the Tandy Portable Disk Drive (TPDD). Connection between your laptop and your DOS computer running Desk-Link is via a full-null, null modem cable (sold separately) connected to either COM1 or COM2 on your DOS computer to the RS232 port on your laptop, accessed via the TS-DOS program built into the Booster Pak. Desk-Link is available on DOS 3.5" or 5.25" disk (please state disk type when ordering) $24.95 + s&h. Full-null, null modem cables are available for just $17.50 + s&h in two configurations for Desk-Link operations: 25M-25F, 25M-9F (please state configuration when ordering Comp-Link Cables). Desk-Link and Comp-Link cables are always in stock at Club 100.
Special pricing: (Call for availability) BP Shipping: $10.25
In December of 1993, we [Club 100] acquired a small stock of pre-owned Booster Paks at a greatly reduced price; well under manufacturing costs. Until that time, 96K BPs were selling for $299. However, while supplies last, Club 100 is offering pre-owned 256K BPs for $128.
At that time, we also acquired 32K Booster Pak RAM. We used to sell the BP 32 RAM chips for $6 each (while supplies last).
Lastly, if all you want is lots of Booster Pak RAM storage, and are not interested in adding option ROMs to your Booster Pak, special JUST-RAM Booster Paks are available in limited supply. All 16 sockets contain a 32K RAM chip each. That gives you 512K (1/2 meg) of RAM-based storage. We offer these special JUST-RAM Booster Paks for the same price as the normal Booster Paks where you can mix RAM and options ROMs. Just $128 while supplies last.
Note: The JUST-RAM Booster Paks may be used for ROMs as well but switching a socket to support an option ROM requires cutting a jumper and soldering a new jumper between two points on the BPs mother board. Technicians will find this alteration a quite easy.