[NTLK] Storage card specifications

Dan dan at dbdigitalweb.com
Fri Apr 8 12:31:23 EDT 2011

Yes that is correct.  They replaced the 1.3 chip with a 2.0 chip.  I
don't know the exact details of the program but that is about what it
amounts to.  When I bought my 120, I managed to get pristine one that a
doctor had purchased and the next day bought a 130 for its backlight and
increased heap.  Ironically the information about the "2.0 upgrade" was
in the original package even though this was 2.0 from the factory.
Apple offered the upgrade for about a year or so after the 130 came out.
 I would have to look up the paperwork, but I believe it said to backup
all data before you sent your unit in for upgrade.  Now if they actually
upgraded that unit or just sent you out a new 120 with 2.0 I don't know.
 But I suspect they just passed a new one off the shelf.

There are several ways to tell if a newton is 1.3 or 2.0.  The extras
drawer looks different for one thing.  Some built-in packages are named
differently.  I forget the other differences.  I once bought a 120 for a
friend on ebay and the seller said it was NOS 2.0.  Well less than a
minute after I received it, I could tell something was a amiss.  Up
until that point I had never seen NOS 1.3, but it was easy to see the
differences upon power up.  I don't have the unit anymore or I would
double check the other differences now (I did a return as I only bought
it thinking it was NOS 2.0).


On 4/8/2011 10:22 AM, Rusty Miles wrote:
> My understanding is that the MP120s were originally produced with NOS 1.3, and later batches were produced with NOS 2.0.  The NOS is on a ROM chip within the Newton.  Apple did have a program where one could send in their MP120 with NOS 1.3 and get it upgraded to NOS 2.0.  If you have a MP120 running NOS 1.3, then you are limited to the 12V card.  If you have a MP120 running NOS 2.0, then you could use the 12v, 5v and 3v cards.  You can tell if you're running NOS 1.3 by looking on the bottom line of the 'Prefs' utility in 'Extras'.  I remember seeing something to confirm if you're running NOS 2.0 and that it's in a similar place but can't remember where it is off hand.
> As to the specific coding in the NOS that allows the use of the other two voltage cards, I haven't a clue.
> -Rusty

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