I found that (referring to the diagram) by changing the input values you can program the count up starting number. This TTL can only count up! To do this you will use input switches 1-4.
Switch A is used to clear the counter and pin 2 is for clock connection. The "Ripple carry output" (RCO) used to enable successive cascaded stages. *floating pin in the diagram.
After setting your desired starting number, you can enable P, T & Load to start the count. You will see your project initiate from the programmed value. However, to keep the clock in a loop additional TTL's must be added; the 4 input Nand & Invertors. A nice project write up can be found here:
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