[NTLK] eMate upgrade failure

From: Glenn Roe (myhome_at_cwnet.com)
Date: Fri Jun 14 2002 - 00:55:15 EDT

First of all, thanks Stephanie for the taking the time to write the
excellent details on installing the eMate upgrade . . . .

Now my ?

I have a couple of eMates with what appears to be failed upgrades. I say
they are failed because when they are in an eMate and you attempt to
power it up all that happens is a flashing light screen. When I remove
the upgrades, the eMate functions normally. Does anyone know if there is
a way to bring those two upgrades back to life?

Glenn Roe

Stephanie Maks wrote:

> You can find a picture an emate's insides with the upgrade installed here:
> http://www.felesmagus.com/newton/ematebatt.jpg
> It is the rectangular green card in the lower left hand corner, with three black ICs on it. Two are DRAM and one is Flash.
> There used to be a site online with installation instructions, but last time I tried to visit it, it was gone.
> In a nutshell, installation is like this:
> 1 Do a back-up. All your internal data will be LOST during the upgrade.
> 2 Remove DC power adaptor, and any PCMCIA card that might be installed.
> 3 Using a Torx T-8 driver, remove the two silver-coloured screws that secure the battery compartment.
> 4 Remove the battery compartment door
> 5 Remove the battery - it's the black plastic oblong thing, connected to by four wires (two white, one black, one red) in a white connector. (NOT like the batteries in that picture referenced above).
> 6 Install the memory upgrade card. It is keyed to only fit one way (like in the image noted above). Install it at an angle then snap downwards.
> 7 Install battery
> 8 Replace battery cover.
> The eMate should power up, it may take 10 or 20 seconds longer than normal as it initializes the memory. If you get a blank screen, or a blank screen and flashing backlight, repeat the procedure and reseat the memory board again. If it still doesn't work, remove the memory board.
> -Stephanie

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