[NTLK] Connection woes!

Boyer Jason jasonandrewboyer at gmail.com
Sun Nov 22 19:49:58 EST 2009

Thanks for all the tips everyone.  It sounds like NC is not 100% stable, but I should be able to do better then I am.

Do ethernet connections work better with NC?


On Nov 22, 2009, at 2:47 PM, Don Zahniser wrote:

> On 11/22/09, Boyer Jason wrote:
>> Once the connection has failed, I have to embark on an arduous reset
>> process, in order to try to reestablish communication.  This involves
>> rebooting the software, rebooting OS X, unplugging the Keyspan, and
>> restarting the Newton.  I'm not sure what the magic combination is, but
>> eventually I can get them to talk again, for just a minute or so before
>> it times out again.
>> I suspect the problem may be in Newton Connection.  
> I have experienced issues in which Newton Connection fails in its
> connection and leaves a process running.  Simon squashed the worst of
> these, but it still happens once in awhile to me.  Suggestions:
> - Keep Activity Monitor running and note what processes start up when
> you run NCX.  See if any of them continue to run when you have problems
> and NCX is supposedly quit.  You can force-quit the process that
> continues to run and see if that allows you to restart a connection.
> - NCX logs data while it is working.  I have gotten in the habit of
> having Console open to monitor what NCX is 'saying', especially if I am
> doing something that I haven't tried before.  Some of what it puts out
> is gibberish to me, but there are messages that may indicate whether it
> is communicating correctly with the serial or ethernet ports.  For
> example (in my interpretation):  'Net service will publish' appears to
> be indicate that NCX is 'listening' to the ethernet connection.  When
> you initiate a serial connection, the log says 'Net service did stop'. 
> NCX also puts out plain text messages when it starts to read a package,
> and when it starts to install it.  The package name may be different
> between the two (what it is named on the Mac and what it is named on the
> Newton).  There are other messages that are more cryptic to me, but when
> I finish successfully installing a package via serial, there are a bunch
> of '<-- helo' lines, followed by a 'Net service will publish' line.
> - Don
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