[NTLK] Connection woes!

Berthe M. Willumsen bmw at bio.ku.dk
Sun Nov 22 03:15:17 EST 2009

The Newt never shows up on the desktop as a device when physically 
connected. It connects after you tap 'Dock'  (in Unfiled Icns), 
select 'connect via "Serial"', then tap 'connect'.
I can't see from your post whether you do that?

>I'm frustrated.
>Thanks to the help of several members, I got my shiny new serial 
>interconnect, an 8 pin serial cable, a Keyspan 28X usb to serial 
>dongle, and a 20 MB flash card, all tools to connect my new MP2100. 
>Couple that with two computer options, a Lombard PB with 9.2.2 and a 
>Macbook Pro with 10.6.
>Attempt 1: Lombard PB with Keyspan to serial connection and Newton 
>Connection Utilities.  Installed the Keyspan drivers from their 
>website and plugged in the dongle.  The provided utility claims 
>drivers are found, but the device never is, despite a device with a 
>gibberish ID string that appears when I do plug it in.  In addition, 
>OS 9 always identifies an unknown USB device when I do plug it in, 
>and offers to search for drivers.  It never finds anything.  This is 
>as far as I can get, NCU never sees the Newton, despite repeated 
>connection attempts through Dock using every combination I can find.
>Attempt 2: Plugged the flash drive into the Lombard in hopes of 
>manually transferring some packages.  OS 9 sees it as a PCMCIA 
>device in Finder and refuses to let me see the contents or put any 
>files on it.  Finder claims that it isn't a storage device.  Doh! 
>Seems to work fine on the Newton, however.
>Attempt 3: Macbook Pro with Newton Connection 1.2 software and cable 
>setup.  Keyspan OS X drivers appeared to install much more 
>successfully here, although the dongle appears as three different 
>modem ports in Network Connections.  I gave each a configuration 
>named "Newton", but wasn't sure what else to specify as normal modem 
>designations didn't seem to apply.  Again, following the connection 
>instructions in Newton Connection manual, and trying to connect via 
>Newton Dock using all sorts of combinations, I can't get anybody to 
>Argh!  I have just about every possible way to connect the Newton to 
>a Mac at my disposal, and I can't get the darn things to talk!  Does 
>anyone have advice or experience with any of the above examples?
>The NewtonTalk Mailing List - http://newtontalk.net/
>The Official Newton FAQ     - http://splorp.com/newton/faq/
>The Newton Glossary         - http://splorp.com/newton/glossary/
>WikiWikiNewt                - http://tools.unna.org/wikiwikinewt/

Denmark, MP2100

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