[NTLK] Trouble with the ftdi chipset cable

Martin Ossio martinossio at yahoo.com
Thu May 2 08:38:03 EDT 2019

HI Rufus,

I am about to buy a cable for my first physical (non-Einstein) in years since my beloved MP 130 lost a zillion years ago.

Any proven and suggested cable that I should buy?  A link would most be appreciated, as I believe I remember how easy is to but the wrong one. (And I am sure I would probably mistakenly buy the incorrect one if you let me :) )

At this point, just in case, since I would love to learn to solder my way out, but do not know (nor have the equipment to do it), I am considering buying a Serial to PC cable, in the hopes to find a PC Serial to USB dongle, and use Parallels Desktop on my Mac to emulate a PC and Syncing with it.

Is this a working  way? (Any Newton to Windows 10 syncing tips?)  (I also have Windows XP I believe)

I am about to embark in buying a newish MP 2100 and it will cost about $670 with cable, wifi card, screen protector films, and it would be sad if I cannot add any software to it …   it would be my workhorse for promoting Newton and Einstein.

Thanks a million!


> On May 2, 2019, at 4:59 AM, Elias Basse <kd5jfe at gmail.com> wrote:
> TTL (Transistor Transistor Logic) is the voltage output of the chip, I am not familiar with d2xx but I think it is a direct driver control of output of that chip to do things like program memory chips.
> So far I have come across at least 6 or so different widely used serial types in various equipment (Rs-232, rs-422, rs-485, i2c, canbus, and TTL 3v or 5v).  So using it elsewhere may have a chance depending upon how much you are willing to dig into the device you want to use it for.
> Best Regards
> Elias 
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