Re: [NTLK] Newton Flash Card Battery

From: Dan <>
Date: Sun Dec 02 2007 - 09:58:47 EST

On 12/2/2007 7:56 AM, Greg Hankins wrote:
> Howdy folks!
> I have a 2MB Newton Flash Storage Card (maybe part number 649-0005-A)
> that I purchased with my MP100 years ago. I have just erased the card
> and begun using it in my new MP2000. The MP tells me the card needs a
> battery. Searching in the archives and elsewhere, I'm thinking this
> is an SRAM Card with an internal battery which is now failing. Correct?
> Is there a way to replace this battery? (Like prying off the metal
> case and discovering the battery is a hearing aid version I can pick
> up at my local Radio Shack that just pops into place.) Or does this
> involve scary skills like soldering, so I would be better off just
> getting a new card from eBay or from someone one this list?
> Thanks for your help. As a resurrected Newton user, I have found the
> information provided in the list archives and on the web by members
> of this list invaluable. Yesterday I successfully used Newton
> Connection and nSync to move my Mac OSX calendar and addressbook
> (with a borrowed Keyspan serial adaptor) to the Newt. Outstanding!

Well there is not any 'prying' involved. Look at the side of the card
that is exposed while the card is inserted into the newton, it should be
the same side as the write protect switch. You should see the battery
compartment. Generally they just slide right out. Look at the bottom
(opposite the big flat side side with the cards name) and see if there
is a slot to stick your fingernail into and to slide it out. Also
sometimes they have a "lock" to hold them in place, look for that, it is
another switch, usually closer to the battery compartment. If it does
not easily pop out don't force it, there probably is a 'lock' switch. I
have a few cards with a lock and others without. If you have any data
that you want to keep make sure you either transfer it to another card
or back it up using NCU or something similar before you replace the
battery. They usually take the same battery as the Newton's backup
CR2026 if memory serves.

Oh and I have one card with a tiny screw to hold the cover in place.
That is another method of holding the battery compartment in place, but
not as common.


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