[NTLK] connecting a Newton MP2000/2100 question

Smith Woody woodysmith at me.com
Tue Jul 5 02:43:34 EDT 2011

Hi Todd

I believe you have three options for connection.
1. serial to serial or serial to USB/serial adapter
2. ethernet wired
3. ethernet wifi

Option 1.
The  2x00 Newton does not have a serial port so you will need to  
provide one or its equivalent.  Cable you mention will provide serial  
connector appropriate for PC.  this will require adapter for Mac  
serial port and serial cable. It will also connect to Keyspan Serial/ 
USB adapter USA-19HS with driver for Mac/PC.  Add serial port to  
Newton with SER-001 card (very rare) and serial cable to connect to  
older Mac or Keyspan USA28X Serial/USB adapter with driver for Mac and  
serial cable.  Add USB port to Newton with Newtonsales USB card with  
driver for Mac/PC.
Once serial connection is established the Newton will connect to  
computer running NCU or NCX via the Dock application.

Options 2 and 3 will require compatible card in Newton and setup as  
described by Frank Gruendel
read carefully.
first 4 are required, then necessary driver/s for your card.
For OS X mac you will need NCX installed
<http://homepage.mac.com/simonbell/connection/> with (Dock_TCP-1.2) or  
(EthernetDock) packages installed on Newton.
Hopefully required newton packages are on card you have.

Email is doable via ethernet provided host does not require SSL or  
HTTPS login.
several browsers exist.  Courier is text only and reasonably fast,  
NewtsCape is slow but works with most sites and NetHopper a bit faster  
but difficulties with some sites.

Also search archives for Personal web sharing and for specifics  
related to any of above.

Good luck

Please keep further inquiries on list so that I or others more  
knowledgeable can help you.

On Jul 4, 2011, at 10:50 PM, Todd Naber wrote:

> Greetings Friends,
> I have a Newton MessagePad 2000 & 2000 upgraded by Apple to a 2100
> that I'm wondering how to connect to a USB Snow Leopard Machine.
> I guess the first order of business would be to do the 2010 patch
> (which I have
> a 4mb Lending Card I acquired a while ago) but not sure which patch to
> apply- is there an order? Is there a decisive list or path to follow-
> and how do I make sure the path is defined on the MessagePad?
> Then comes the next part- I see a few Newton to Serial Plugs on eBay,
> but nothing for connecting the Newton to an older mac (like my
> Powerbook Duo 2300) or to my Hackintosh Dell Mini (running Snow
> Leopard) via USB.
> I'm sure someone on the list could help or I could send the
> MessagePad to them with return shipping if they prefer (I do want it
> to come back- tia).
> I've heard reports that the MessagePad (with a wifi card) can browse
> the net and this would be neat if I don't have to spend the $$ for an
> iPad yet.
> Any help would be great,
> Todd Naber
> Everson, WA 98247
> MessagePad 2000/2100 both running 2.1

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