[NTLK] NOOB Questions

Forrest newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Thu Feb 22 05:21:00 EST 2018

Overclock questions. When NewtonPhoenix.org was up and running, I detailed fully (with help from Stephanie’s page) how to overclock a Newton using a readily available crystal, some 22 gauge wire, and soldering experience.

Morgan Aldridge of UNNA (the United Network of Newton Archives, soon to be your New Best Friend) has kindly mirrored my old site, available here: http://mirrors.unna.org/www.newtonphoenix.org/

I must warn you ahead of time that the overclock project is mostly a dog-and-pony show—by that I mean there is little actual value to going ahead with it. As Frank says, communication of any sort will most likely not function properly...it’s more of a “wow look at what I can make my Newton (or eMate) do”.

My overclocked Newton sits in a drawer. I do get it out from time to time to ascertain that it still works...but it serves little practical function.


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> On Feb 21, 2018, at 3:31 PM, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:
> Hi, and welcome to the list.
>> I?m getting a decent-condition Emate shortly.
> Congratulations. You should be aware, though, that your new green friend
> will stop cooperating out of the blue unless you take care of the infamous
> hinge spring problem, or have it done for you. See
>    http://www.pda-soft.de/emate_disassemble.html
> if you don't know what I am talking about here. Do not hope your eMate might
> be the exception to the rule. There are no exceptions.
> A description of the battery rebuilt is here:
>    http://www.pda-soft.de/emate_battery_pack.html
> There are people on this list, myself included, who can both fix the hinges
> and do a battery rebuild for you if you do not dare to tackle this yourself.
>> 1. I don?t know if it has the memory expansion. Is PCBMan still around?
> He is still around, but he does not sell Newton or eMate hardware anymore. I
> recently bought all of what he had left. The box arrived weeks ago and I
> haven't even found the time to open it yet. My hope is that I will find a
> PCB data file in this box that I can change in a way that would allow using
> state-of-the-art chips. It is, however, unlikely that I will find the time
> to do this before about mid-March.
>> 2. Connectivity: would bluetooth sharing be the best way to go? Someone in
> Germany is selling new Pico Bluetooth cards on eBay for a decent price.
> I never had a problem connecting my eMates to a modern PC using a virtual
> machine running Windows XP and NCU. You need to use the Windows control
> panel to tinker with the processor speed of the host computer, but that
> works hunky dory in my case.
>> does anything sync to desktop contacts/calendar/notes/Works on modern PC
> or Mac OS?
> Decent two-way synchronization used to work flawlessly with the old software
> that came with the MP100 and the OMP (NCK). Once Apple published NCU, this
> did stop. Unfortunately, NCK does not work with OS 2.x Newton.
>> 3. Does anyone know a ?definitive? list of ethernet and wifi cards that
> are supported with Lantern patch/More Wifi Cards?
> This has already been answered. I would recommend, though, not to install
> More Wifi. At least not before you are sure your card will not work without
> it. In my experience it often stops cards from working that will work just
> fine without it.
>> 4. Is there a marketplace here for hardware?
> Well, not really a marketplace. There's NewtonSales, who I do not buy from
> for a variety of reasons. There's eBay. Many list members do occasionally
> sell Newton hardware. Myself included. I have lots and lots of Newton stuff.
> Since the Newton part of my life must finance itself (I stopped taking money
> from my regular income when my daughter was born), I can often be talked
> into selling some of what I have.
>> 5. Who is still selling apps for Newton? I will support developers if I
> can.
> To the best of my knowledge, no one. But I also have a lot of original
> software that I might be able to live without. This most likely applies to
> many list members here.
>> 6. Thinking about the overclock instructions from Stephanie Maks. Anyone
> have comments on the long-term usefulness/reliability of this?
> I doubt that it will all that useful. I dimly remember that it also changes
> the sound pitch and makes serial communication impossible, but I am not
> sure.
> However, eMates are pretty sturdy. So why not give it a try. If the result
> gives you trouble, simply undo the change.
> Cheers
> Frank
> -- Newton software and hardware at http://www.pda-soft.de
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