Message #1 Posted by Gerry Schultz on 21 Nov 2008, 2:45 p.m.
After seeing several threads about the 34C, I started reading my copy of the Owner's Handbook from the HP Museum's DVD. I had always wanted a 34C but it was just too expensive back then. I also lusted after an HP-97 but that way way out of my league (last year I finally got one).
Anyway, on page 7 of the handbook, it says that there are 72 data storage registers. That doesn't make any sense as there are only 21 data storage registers of which 20 can be added to the basic 70 programming steps for a total of 210 programming steps. I assume this is a typo but please confirm in case I missed something.
My first calculators were the HP-45 and HP-55 and so I'm very familiar with how those classic handbooks were laid out. On page 15 of the HP-34 Handbook, it mentions another book called "Solving Problems With Your Hewlett-Packard Calculator." I found a copy of it on the DVD under the HP-31E. After scanning through it, it appears that the older, classic series handbooks were split for the 30-series into a generic HP RPN usage book and calculator specific handbook. Was the Solving Problems handbook shipped with all 30-series calculators as I'm guessing?
I'm interested in taking the examples in the 34C handbook and trying them out on my 97. They appear to be very similar in terms of capability except for the continuous memory, numerical integration and printing. It's fun for me to play around with this. Everyone here at work now knows of my interest in calculators after I went to HHC 2008 conference, everyone likes to joke about my geeky interest. But it's okay, everyone has a quirky side to them.