[NTLK] Newton Repair Question

John Royston jroyston at gmail.com
Mon Apr 30 20:27:53 EDT 2012


You are probably correct and I did put a little to much faith in the
Apple adapter as for years I have read horror stories about 3rd party
ones. I do have a backup a few hours before the incident so I did not
loose anything as far as data goes. I was hope for the off chance the
the problem had been seen before and there was a fix for it.

I was all prepared to send Frank Single Malt Scotch and Wendy's
burgers but I guess maybe I will end up sending it to him for parts
and research pile.

I just hate every time one dies, not that I am a newton slayer but
this is the second one for me that has died the other one just quietly
went to sleep and never woke up. It's ROM board was good and it was
the parts to update this recent victim to a 2100.

John Royston
jroyston at gmail.com

On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM, Forrest <newtonphoenix at mindspring.com> wrote:
> There could be unseen damage. I've seen boards where there are one or
> two visibly burned components, but repairs made to those still didn't
> result in a fixed unit. Oftentimes there is damage to parts that isn't
> visible.
> You need a 220 volt adapter...it might have been a good idea to take
> one along "just in case". I wouldn't trust my Newton (or any of my
> devices) to be subjected to a higher voltage, even though it says that
> it will accept it. It's happened to me, and once was enough. I'm
> guessing that's now true for you as well. ;)
> Another good idea would have been to make a backup of your Newton
> before trying the 220 outlet. Again, just being more safe than sorry.
> Sorry for what might seem to be kicking you while you are down...I'm
> only trying to be of help, not be preachy or take an "I told you so"
> attitude.
> Once when I was traveling the plastic clip that held my shoulder strap
> of my laptop bag broke as I was entering my hotel...my Titanium
> PowerBook inside hit the concrete parking lot. I rushed inside with a
> sick feeling and powered it up...it turned out that the screen was
> intact and okay. The left front corner was what hit, and it cracked
> the case pretty bad, and there was a very small dent on the corner of
> the clamshell/display lid. I got the bright idea: that shouldn't be a
> problem, I'll get some slipjoint pliers and gently squeeze it to
> straighten it out.
> I heard a crack...guess what happened? That's right, I cracked the
> display. There was now a small one inch ribbon of display running down
> the left side, the rest of it was black.
> I was sick. I sat in the chair in my hotel room for almost an hour,
> not moving. It was a very stupid thing to do ... I should have thought
> it through more carefully.
> Since then I'm always trying to think ahead...can I put this (iPad,
> iPhone, etc.) here? Will it get knocked off and be subjected to
> damage? I don't know that you can ever be too careful.
> Thanks.
> --Forrest

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