How To: Fix a TI-84 Plus That is Slow and Unresponsive

Problem: Sluggish and Unresponsive CalculatorTi-84 Plus

My Ti-84 Plus Silver Edition became sluggish and unresponsive about 10 years ago. I bought a new Ti-84 and recently took out the Silver Edition one and tried to fix it.

Solution: 

  • Use a compressed can of air and blow right into the I/O port and the USB port.
    • Dust particles are most likely shorting the signal. I was super skeptical to try it, I was 99% sure It wasn’t going to work, but it worked!!! 10 years too late :/ but hopefully it helps others!

Texas Instruments Knowledgebase: Why does my TI-84 Plus or TI-89 Titanium respond slowly to key press entries?

Issue/Symptom: When making key press entries, the product responds slowly

  • If a piece foreign material such as a pencil lead is lodged in the I/O port of the calculator, it may create a short causing the calculator to respond slowly to key press entries.
  • If the piece of conductive material can be removed, it may restore the calculator to normal operating condition.
  • If the material cannot be removed, contact TI-Cares Customer Support to proceed with an out of warranty product replacement.
  • If conductive material is not lodged in the I/O port and the calculator responds slowly to key press entries, contact TI-Cares Customer Support for further troubleshooting and resolution.

Sources:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t10390292-calculator_extremely_slow
http://www.fixya.com/support/t441784-ti_84_plus_silver_edition_slow_or_no
https://www.cemetech.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11604

  • Felipe Lora

    It worked!
    Thank you Emmanuel.

    A math teacher

    • Emmanuel Contreras

      Thanks for the comment, happy it worked 🙂