Re: [NTLK] Can't connect Newton 2000 to PowerBook 5300

From: Hal Widlansky (
Date: Thu Mar 28 2002 - 15:01:17 EST

Well, there could ba a couple things at play here.

1) The serial port is in use messages. This could be because other software,
like Palm Desktop, or other port sensing software is monitoring the port. THis
can block NCU from using it.

2) The cable. Ther are different kinds of Mac serial cables. I believe the
standard Newton connection cable (someone confirm this please) is the same as a
Mac serial printer (localtalk) cable, but differs from a modem cable. Make sure
the cable you're using is one you can connect to a serial printer, and it
should be ok.

Hope that helps.


Richard Barraclough wrote:

> Hi,
> I just managed to get my hands on a second hand Newton 2000.
> Unfortunately I'm having problems getting a connection with my PowerBook
> 5300cs. (I'm using the old PowerBook cos it has a serial port and my G7/733
> doesn't and I'm not buying an adapter cos I'm tight!)
> Unfortunately I cannot connect to the Newton using NCU. The Newton complains
> that "The connection was stopped because there was no response".
> Here are my thoughts:
> * Wrong cable: Its a mini-din 8-pin male to the same---the sort you would
> use with Mac serial printers. Do there exist straight and cross-over cables?
> Have I got the wrong one?
> * Cable is broken. (Its not exactly new!). Unlikely though.
> * Something is trying to use the Printer/Modem port. I had NCU complain
> about this, and I've tried various AppleTalk settings, but to no avail.
> * Its a PowerBook 5300, do I really expect anything to work?
> Any ideas you might have are much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Richard.
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