NTLK How - Newton PC cable

From: Gruendel, Frank 3837 PPE-WT (Frank.Gruendel@de.heidelberg.com)
Date: Mon Jan 03 2000 - 09:59:42 EST

>Anyway, I just thought I would share my expereince with you about the NEwt
>to PC issue and to warn you about that cable. I would not recommend making
>one...it took hours!! At $20+/hour, I wasted about $60 (if I could have
>making that kind of money at 2am). Personally, I would spend the money and
>buy it from one of the remaining Newton parts dealers.

There's an easier and cheaper way. Takes about 10 minutes (or a little more
$3 based on a salary of $20/hour). The trick is to not even try to solder
nearly unsolderable Mac MiniDin connectors. Following is an excerpt from my
"Frequently answered questions" folder:


The problem is that there
are 2 types of cables that look alike, but aren't. One is the Mac modem
which has an 8 pin MiniDin Mac connector on one side and a 9 or 15 pin SubD
connector on the other side. The other is "the" Newton PC cable as provided
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
two cables for (approximately) the price of one. The PC side connectors are
very cheap and
easy to solder. A long Mac printer cable should be easy to get.

For the correct wiring, see http://advanix.net/~neuhaus/applserl.html

Best regards


(*) Someone on this list reported he got a Mac Modem cable plus a gender
changer to
work, but I can't confirm this. I tried and failed.
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