Re: [NTLK] Newton Flash Card Battery

From: Greg Hankins <>
Date: Sun Dec 02 2007 - 12:22:55 EST

Thanks for the responses.
I did some more poking around and found a support article from Apple
that indicates my card doesn't have a battery after all. The document
I found is here:

It notes that Apple only issued one SRAM Card: a 1MB model. The 2MB
and 4MB were flash RAM with no battery, according to Apple.

So, I guess my Newt was confused when it told me my card's battery
was getting low. Tim will tell. I've backed up everything important
off of it, just in case.


Greg Hankins
Happy Hank's Honey House
Mt. Gilead, NC

On Dec 2, 2007, at 9:58 AM, Dan wrote:

> 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.
> -Dan
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