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Emulate A TI-83 Plus On Your Windows PC

Updated on April 11, 2015

TI-83 Plus Emulator On Windows

A TI-83 Plus emulator running in Windows 7.  Using an emulator for your TI-83+ lets you take your trusty graphing calculator with you on your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
A TI-83 Plus emulator running in Windows 7. Using an emulator for your TI-83+ lets you take your trusty graphing calculator with you on your laptop, tablet or smartphone. | Source

You Can Emulate A TI-83 Plus?

There’s no denying that a TI-83+ is a great tool for high school and college students alike. With its ease of use and graphing functions as well as the ability to write simple programs for routine equations and formulas, the TI-83+ is a useful tool outside of classroom. What if there was a way you could use your TI-83+ anywhere, anytime, even if you forgot your calculator at home? Well, there is! With free software online and a copy of your TI-83+’s ROM file, you can run a TI-83+ emulator on your PC, Mac, and as of late, your Android phone or tablet! For a student, loading up an emulator for their trusty TI-83+ lets them carry one less thing, and that's one less thing to get lost, stolen or forgotten at home. This can also be applied to other graphing calculators such as the TI-85, TI-86, TI-89, etc...all of which are geared towards statistics or engineering for example. This Hub focuses on the TI-83+, the most commonly used graphing calculator among high school, college and university students in statistics, calculus and geometry courses.

Virtual TI for Windows

The folder containing the Virtual TI files and any ROMs you save there.
The folder containing the Virtual TI files and any ROMs you save there. | Source

Install Virtual TI

First thing on the list: download a copy of Virtual TI from TICalc.org. This is free and it comes packaged in a ZIP file. Extract the contents of the ZIP file into a folder wherever you wish, whether it be your desktop, flash drive, etc… Name it something memorable like ‘Virtual TI.’ Copy the ROM from your TI-83 Plus into the Virtual TI folder. Open the file Vti.exe and it will automatically search the folder it is in for compatible ROM files and give you the option and instructions to extract a copy of the ROM on your calculator.

Obtaining A Copy Of Your Calculator's ROM

Most TI emulators, including Virtual TI, have the ability to copy the ROM from your TI-83+ by using the TI Link Cable. However, if you don’t have a TI Link Cable, then the only option is to find a TI-83+ ROM online. This is a legal option, as you already own the calculator. When you have your ROM, save it in the same folder as the Virtual TI application and open Vti.exe. If your ROM is valid, Virtual TI will display a virtual TI-83 Plus.

Emulating a TI-83 Plus In Windows 7

Virtual TI running in Windows 7
Virtual TI running in Windows 7 | Source

Using Virtual TI

Virtual TI behaves exactly like a real TI-83 Plus when used with a valid ROM. The on screen image of the virtual TI-83 Plus is interactive. All buttons are click-able and are used to operate the calculator. The emulator is just as fast as a real TI-83 Plus, and is locked to that speed unless you want it to run faster. It also allows you to save the current state of the calculator whenever you need to close it, and reopen it where you left off last time.

Now, anytime you need to use a graphing calculator to get something done, you don’t have to dig your calculator out of your backpack or find it amongst the clutter on your desk. If you’ve installed Virtual TI on a flash drive, then you can have a TI-83 Plus in your pocket wherever you go, without the problem of the real one fitting there in the first place!

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