[NTLK] Connection to my windows xp

Dan dan at dbdigitalweb.com
Wed Aug 28 01:39:20 EDT 2013

On 8/26/2013 12:53 AM, Tony Morrow wrote:
> On Aug 25, 2013, at 11:17 PM, José Tabarez wrote:
>> I just recently purchased a serial to dongle9 cable to connect to my pc and load goodies to my 2100, but to my surprise the units are not communicating....
>> Do i need software like the newton connection kit so they can communicate. I purchased cable from gem enterprise on ebay?
>> Please advise.
>> PS: I just recently enrolled to newton talk, so i am not sure how it works any help or direction to the right place would help.
>> Regards
> Welcome to the list. The fastest way to get up to speed with the Newton would be to check out the FAQ linked at the bottom of all Newtontalk messages. Tony Kan's blog on the Newton also has a lot of great information about getting started. Check out the sidebar for Newton Support. <http://myapplenewton.blogspot.com>
> With that said, you will probably need two programs for your computer. First is Newton Connection Utilities <http://www.unna.org/view.php?/apple/connection_utils/ForPC/NewtonConnectionUtilites>, which will allow you to transfer data to and from your Newton. The second is Slowdown.exe <http://www.unna.org/unna/windows/slowdown.exe>. Most modern computers (anything made after 2000) are too fast to reliably talk to the Newton with NCU over serial. The solution is to launch 2-3 instances of Slowdown.exe to occupy the CPU.

An alternative method is to install microsofts Virutal PC, and install
then run Windows 98 in emulation (and of course install NCU to that).  I
find this works even better and I don't need slowdown with such a setup.
 But it does take longer to set up and more hard drive space.

So you will likely want to try Tony's method first.  It is what I used
for years so it does work, but the connection can be finicky at times.
But this varies with the machine and what you are running at the time.
I suggest running nothing else on XP other than NCU and slowdown.  Turn
off everything else that you can.  Anything odd going on in the
background can throw the connection off.


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