Re: [NTLK] Brain Surgery

From: Johannes Wolf (
Date: Wed Jun 12 2002 - 02:58:51 EDT

I guess that the Newts fired up with the complete boot-procedure, i.e. they
performed a deep reset, erasing all data in memory.
This might be the reason that your second card slot works again.
I am pretty sure that opening the Newt and replacing the logic board does
not affect the slots, because they are soldered to the logic board.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Bernie A.
> Goltermann
> Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 10:28 PM
> To:
> Subject: [NTLK] Brain Surgery
> Well folks I just got done doing "brain surgery" on two Newts. It was a
> long 2 hour procedure and the outcome was a total success. So much so
> that it seems that I miraculously revived the Newt that I was trying to
> "replace".
> Some on you might remember me from my posts for help because the upper
> PC card slot stopped working on my Newt. It gave me the blues and some
> of us sang the blues...;-)
> So came the recommendation to buy a Newt on the cheap and use it to
> either replace the broke one or for parts. In my case, I bought one from
> Mike at : He's a nice
> guy and I got what I paid for. His description was accurate but until
> you see a Newt that's been heavily used you have to experience it to
> believe it. I got a 12 Meg PC card a brand new power adapter and the
> battery charged up fine. No pen though :-( The screens in pretty good
> shape but the backlight is not as bright as mine. There's a problem with
> the pen tracking near the bottom left of the screen but in general it
> runs great. I moved my 20 meg PC card with backup into it and restored
> all my apps, notes...
> So I though well I'll give it a shot and swap motherboards. After I got
> the back off my newly acquired Newt and started to take screws out I
> began to think that it's going to be hard to remember witch screw goes
> where so I gently laid the Newt on my scanner and printed a color
> picture of the motherboard. I then taped the screws to the print out in
> the places I took them out so each screw could go back in the same hole
> it came from.
> Did the same thing to my old Newt, just taped the screws next to the
> others. No confusion putting all back together and I put a battery in
> before I put the back of the case on. They bout fired up without any
> problems. The newly acquired Newt with my old motherboard still had the
> issue with tracking in the lower left corner and my old Newt with the
> new motherboard work just like I remember it. I was happy :-) Just to
> check to make sure everything was working, I tried all the PC card slots
> on both Newts and low and behold they all worked. I was amazed that the
> PC card slot that had failed all attempts to get working was working
> again. Could it be that by disconnecting all the cable connections to
> the motherboard that somehow the state of some component was changed?
> Someone else said that they had a Newt with one of their PC card slots
> not working and I was wondering if they should give this a try? Could be
> it starts working again.
> Anyway, looks like I have a second Newt to run as a server! Saw your
> sight Ed and was impressed!
> Thanks to you all for keeping this valuable information source running.
> Bernie
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