NTLK Re: newtontalk V1 #185

From: Michael J. Dark (darkmich@cvmstudent.cvm.msu.edu)
Date: Thu Dec 16 1999 - 00:18:27 EST

> Don't waste your time trying to use a Mac modem cable. These beasts fit
> physically, but the wiring is wrong.
> Excerpt from my "frequently answered questions" folder to save typing
> time:
> The problem is that there
> are 2 types of cables that look alike, but aren't. One is the Mac modem
> cable which has a 8 pin MiniDin Mac connector on one side and a 9 or 15
> pin SubD PC connector on the other side. The other is "the" Newton PC
> cable as provided by Apple. Using the first cable won't work as the wiring
> is different. Neither gender changers nor 9/15 pin SubD adapters will
> solve this problem. The only way out is to either buy the original cable
> somewhere or make a cable of your own. The latter can easily be done by
> buying a Mac printer cable, cut it in the middle and solder a 9 and a 15
> pin SubD connector on. That way, you won't have to solder the (nearly
> unsolderable) MiniDin connector, and you get two cables for
> (approximately) the price of one.

Um, maybe this is just me, but my MP110 connects pretty well to my
desktop using a Mac modem cable. You have to have a null modem
adapter inline, though, to allow it to work.

My setup is Newt -> Modem cable -> Null modem -> Gender changer -> 25-
9 pin cable -> PC. It's big and bulky, but it works OK. =)

Rule of life #1:                                          McQ
Don't sweat the petty things,         Michael J. Dark
and don't pet the sweaty things.  darkmich@zebu.cvm.msu.edu
    I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert...
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