[NTLK] Linear Flash Card Questions

William Maloney william.maloney.09 at cnu.edu
Wed Aug 29 11:25:18 EDT 2012

Can anyone vouch for a good CF card size to use on an MP2000 that will
not freeze things down too much? Its far better than what I had before
(4GB) but Newton "thinks" too much when doing basic tasks like word

On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 10:02 AM, Dan <dan at dbdigitalweb.com> wrote:
> Something that also should be mentioned here, the larger the card the
> more "heap" or "RAM" is used to keep track of every byte on the card.
> So the larger the card, the more heap is taken if you use the space or
> not.  Therefore newtons with less heap (ram) such as 1.x should stick
> with smaller cards such as 4 or 8mb.  Personally I would go with 4 and
> carry a few cards, as it is better than frequently running out of heap.
> While you can freeze unused packages to save heap (every installed
> package takes heap if you use it or not), it does slow down usability
> since you have to thaw it before use.  Sure it only takes a second or
> two, but if you have to do a it a lot, it gets annoying.  Still it is a
> way of carrying more packages around (especially if not used much) than
> you normally would without running into the heap "the system is unable
> to do what you asked, restarting may fix this problem" wall.
> -Dan
> On 8/24/2012 5:29 AM, Matej Horvat wrote:
>>> 2.) What is the maximum memory card size for Newton OS 1.x?
>> I don't know, but I've been using a 20 MB card for years without problems. However, I've hardly ever used more than 5 MB of it, because you either run out of heap or your Extras drawer gets full. You can use NewtCase to solve both of these problems, but it can get kind of messy, and it's too slow for frequent use.
>> So I think it's best to get more smaller cards if you want to store packages on it. But for data and backups (note: the built-in backup functionality in 1.x can only do full backups), it's OK.
>> Matej Horvat
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