Re: [NTLK] pretec 32 meg card dies mysteriously--film at 11!

From: Dan <>
Date: Sat Aug 15 2009 - 12:37:23 EDT

There was a discussion a while back that for some reason Pretec cards
seem to be more susceptible than most. But the manual does say to eject
cards before you do a reset. Having said that I have never had a
problem, but I don't have a Pretec card either. It is a good idea to
eject them, however it can be a bit of a problem if you have packages
that do the "grip of death" in other words you try to eject and the Newt
says "you need to reinsert the card or you might loose data on the card"
you do then try to eject the card again "you need to reinsert or you
might loose data on the card" etc etc. The way around this is with
SBM's card eject package to stop everything on the card then remove it.
 But it takes a little longer to start card eject get everything stopped
and then eject the card etc (but handy if you need it). Even longer if
you have it in a case that does not have slots for the cards.

It also may make a difference if you do a reset by software vs the reset
button on the back. I never use the button unless all else fails (and I
often pull the power instead). Another method might be if you are
afraid of doing the reset with the card and can't do the normal shut
down/eject (due to a crashed newt), pull the batteries and take out the
cards then put the batteries back in. That will do a "safe" reset for
sure. ;)

Regardless it is ALWAYS a good idea to make backups just to be on the
safe side.


On 8/15/2009 1:55 AM, James Wages wrote:
> I don't know why my card died. Doesn't make sense to me. But I suspect
> that I should never leave any PCMCIA card in the slots when I do a Newton
> reboot of any kind. Some may call me crazy, but I cannot help but think
> that the act of leaving my card inserted during the reboot is what killed it
> (as opposed to my card having died and then causing the lockup).
> So before you have to reboot your 2100's, eject those precious 32MB linear
> cards. They are hard to come by!

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