[NTLK] [ANN] Y2010 + Y2008 fix for 2x00US Newtons

Tony Morrow gizmo1482 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 16 21:54:24 EDT 2010

On Jul 16, 2010, at 8:47 PM, Dale A. Raby wrote:

> Hello,
> OK, as I understand this, I need to install the patch remover  
> package and then install the new patch.
> Unfortunately, I no longer have serial synching capability.  I have  
> a Fedora 11 Linux machine... which is pretty much useless on the  
> Newton side... and a Newton2100 that has a functional Newtscape  
> package.
> Patch Remover seems to come in a .zip file.  My Linux machine can  
> unzip it, but I am unaware of any method of unzipping this file on  
> the Newton OS.
> Can somebody please explain to me in real short words what I must do  
> to get my Newton functional again?  Can I somehow download the  
> required packages from my Linux machine via Ethernet?  Can I snail  
> mail a flash memory card someplace to get the required packages put  
> on it?
> Thanks, and please forgive the stupid questions,  I freely admit to  
> being an old goat unable to keep up with technology.  This is  
> perhaps why I generally stick to blacksmithing.
> Dale

You need to run the remover ONLY if you have patch 710031 installed  
(it will appear when you boot the Newton up or by open the Extras  
drawer, clicking the "i" button and choosing  Memory Info. If you have  
patch J71J059 then you will be able to install the latest patch  
(711000) onto the newton with no problems. Or at least I was able to.

It took me a little be of testing, but I think I have a solution for  
installing the patch from Fedora using Ethernet. What you need to do  
is enable Apache, change permissions of a folder and change a SELinux  
setting. All of this is detailed below.

I. Enable Apache
1. Open System > Administration > Services
2. Scroll down until you see "httpd". You want to Enable the service  
and then Start it
3. Close Serivce Configuration
4. Open System > Administration > Firewall
5. Scroll down the Trusted Services list until you see WWW(HTTP)
6. Check the box next to it and click Apply
7. Close Firewall

II. Change folder permissions
1. Open a terminal window
2. Enter the following and press enter: su -c 'chown -R <your  
username> /var/www/html'
3. Enter the following and press enter: su -c 'chmod 755 /var/www/html'
4. Close the terminal window

III. Change SELinux settings
1. Open System > Administration > SELinux Management
2. Choose "Process Domain" from the list on the left
3. Scroll down the list on the right and select "httpd"
4. Click the "Permissive" button
5. Close SELinux Settings

IV. Finale
1. Find the IP address of your PC (open a terminal window and type  
1. Download the system patch from Eckhart's website <http://40hz.org/Pages/Patch 711000 
2. Extract Patch.pkg from the zip file and move it to /var/www/html/
3. On your Newton open Newtscape and type the following address:  
http:// <YOUR IP ADDRESS/Patch.pkg (the address is case sensitive)
4. Download the pkg file and save it to your Inbox
5. Close Newtscape and open In/Out
6. Tap on the package to open the message
7. Tap the tag button on the bottom and choose "Put Away"
8. Tap the "Put Away" button and wait for the Newton to install the  
9. Your Newton should automatically restart after the patch is  

That's it

-Tony Morrow

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