Re: [NTLK] RES: RES: ATA Card Failure?

From: Dan (
Date: Tue Jul 19 2005 - 11:56:12 PDT

Ok guys I get the hint. In other words, if the card was damaged by AC
adapter being plugged into Newton, your Newton would not be working now
either. The AC adapter would have damaged the Newton along with your
card at the same time. That is the only way I know of a AC adapter can
damage a card.

So if your Newton still works, it was not the AC adapter. The Newton
can damage a card (even on batteries), if it is a 3V card and the Newton
supplies 5V (for example). But this has to be done with bad programming,
and I know Paul has safe guards built in the ATA driver to prevent such
a problem now.

Paul would know more of what the problem is than I do, but I suspect it
is one of two things. Either your card failed due to age or bad
manufacturing. Or the data was corrupted somehow and the card needs to
be reformatted. If the data on the card was something you can't easily
replace, you could try sending it to Paul and see if he can take a look
at the card. Ask him first though because he is very busy.

One question though, you are using a Newton AC adapter right? Any other
type has been known to kill Newtons.


gaudo wrote:
> I used the card sometimes before I insert the ac adpater. And it worked =
> (the
> card) well.
> I am not an English speaker, could you explain better the sentence: "IF =
> the
> Newt did fry the card via adapter, then the Newt would not be around to =
> make
> you wonder if it was the card (aka it would be toast as well)"
> Thanks...

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