[NTLK] Newton Compact Flash - Battery Life, Alternative storage methods?
vladkorotnev at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 07:32:41 EDT 2012
I used a 16MB Panasonic SD from my camera. Didn't notice any performance or battery issues. Tried only on the eMate tho. The adapter was a usual one you can get online almost everywhere.
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On 06.07.2012, at 17:11, William Maloney <william.maloney.09 at cnu.edu> wrote:
> Anyone know if SD cards are compatible and if so, the battery life with
> On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 1:58 AM, Gavin Watson <gavin83209 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I only used the 8 GB card for a few days before I traded, so I'm not
>> sure about the battery life difference. As for adapters, I use a generic
>> $9 PCMCIA CompactFlash adapter I bought at a local electronics store. As
>> I understand it, these CF adapters passively route the pins from the
>> PCMCIA interface to the ATA interface on the CF card, so they shouldn't
>> use any extra power at all. That said, a CF card that runs only at 5V
>> and not 3.3V might draw more power. I use rechargeable 2000 mAh AAs in a
>> battery tray and usually get 3-4 weeks on a charge with just my CF card
>> and occasionally a Wi-Fi card in use.
>> I just use folders for sorting packages on Newton OS 2. One nice thing
>> about NOS is that it doesn't care where you put packages. If you have a
>> bunch of extensions, for example, you can separate them into several
>> other folders and the system will find them just fine. If I have a
>> package that I rarely use, I'll freeze it with the button provided by
>> Power Prefs or a similar utility and file it in my 'Frozen' folder.
>> On 07/04/2012 08:57 PM, William Maloney wrote:
>>> Using something smaller was my thought too. I tried to persuade the guy
>>> the Best Buy that 4GB was far too much but again, twas all they had. It
>>> worked but again, painfully slow. A bit much for this old Newt. Doing a
>>> swap seems like a great idea. Someone will inevitably get a very good
>>> By the way, did you notice any marked improvement with battery life
>> using a
>>> smaller card? I tried fiddling with the power settings but couldn't
>>> to get it down. This card ate through double AAs much faster than
>>> anticipated. Does having a different CF PC-card adapter have anything to
>>> with it?
>>> A third question also -- when NewtonOS2 has quite a few packages on, are
>>> there any programs or shells you use to help manage that much data?
>>> to scroll through the extras box becomes a tad monotonous when dealing
>>> package after package.
>>> On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM, Gavin Watson <gavin83209 at gmail.com>
>>>> A couple of years ago, I bought a 266x 8 GB CF card with the intention
>>>> of using it in my Newton, but it was painfully slow. After a bit of
>>>> research, I traded the 8 GB card for the 50x 512 MB card in a friend's
>>>> camera. The 512 MB card is probably ten times faster and more stable in
>>>> my MP2100 and I still don't even have 30 MB of data on the card. It
>>>> still isn't quite as fast as linear flash, but it's at least comparable.
>>>> If you can find one, try a CF card in the 128-512 MB range and see if it
>>>> For battery life, there is an option in ATA Support Preferences to put
>>>> the card to sleep after a certain delay. Try 10 seconds or something
>>>> similar if you aren't already. Unlike MicroDrives, CF cards don't have
>>>> any moving parts, so they take almost no time to come out of sleep mode.
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