[NTLK] setting up my spare NEWTON

Forrest anasazi4st at me.com
Wed Apr 28 10:38:54 EDT 2010


Permit me to go in a little different direction here.

Do you have a sync cable that would allow you to connect your Mac (or PC) directly to the Newton? I'm not necessarily suggesting you go out and buy one right now...but since Dock is a built-in program all you'd need to do would be to make a small change to a setting on the Mac (or PC), connect up your cable(s) and off you go! You'd have a direct connection and no need for this ethernet silliness.

I'd suggest finding a PC version of the NCU connect cable, then looking online for a PC serial to USB connection cable, finally downloading NCX (if you have a Mac--I don't use a PC for this so maybe somebody "out there" can suggest the PC alternative?)...you can then back up, restore, and install packages from the computer to the Newton.


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-----Original Message-----
From: "Dr. James Charney" <james.charney at yale.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:44:32 
To: <newtontalk at newtontalk.net>
Subject: [NTLK] setting up my spare NEWTON

HI---after 12 years my original 2100 Newton has bit the dust.  More specifically, the touch screen no longer registers correctly--you tap here, it registers the tap somewhat randomly somewhere else.  Makes the Newton unusable.
	I thought I was clever, knowing how important my Newton was to my daily routine---I use MoreInfo as my primary office appointment scheduler-- so a few years ago I purchased a spare Newton on Ebay.  A spare in pristine condition.  I thought I could just move the storage card with all my info on it to the spare Newton, and I would be OK.
	Not so.  The data is there, no problem.  But, the spare Newton will not recognize my 3Com PC XJack card, which I use to have an Ethernet connection to my Mac for backup, etc.
	And then, I discovered that my spare has the 2010 bug (of course!) so it won't let me do appointments into this year or set the proper year in the Clock.  Of course, to put the patch into the spare to correct this, I need the Ethernet card to work.  Catch 22!
	I thought I could copy extensions and utilities from my disabled Newton onto a PC storage card and then put that card in the spare.  But I realize I dont' know exactly what extensions, etc I need to move---I'm don't have that level of understanding about the Newton.
	So , long preamble----can someone tell me what drivers, extensions, etc I need to have in the spare Newton for it to recognize my 3Com card, Model 3CXE589ET?   The card works fine in my damaged Newton---but is not recognized in the spare.  I need to get this working so I can have my spare Newton communicate with my computer to install the 2010 patch and do backups.  
	(by the way, is the 2010 patch sitting in my Extras drawer?--I couldn't locate it there when I tried to simply copy things off my old Newton onto a card to put in my spare)
	I'ld appreciate any suggestions on how to get my spare Newton current---able to recognize my Ethernet card.   I've got all my schedule and names data on a storage card that I can simply move to my spare---but it I can't get the spare talking to my computer I can't really use it.....

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