[NTLK] Trouble with the ftdi chipset cable

Rufus Kohn rufuskohn at gmail.com
Thu May 2 10:39:27 EDT 2019

I bought a ftdi cable they should work on my 2100.  It is USB to a large
rectangular serial plug. I ordered another cable large rectangular to small
round cable. When it arrives I'll let you know if it works.
You will need an extra dongle that fits to the female plug on the device.

Best regards


Op do 2 mei 2019 14:40 schreef Martin Ossio via NewtonTalk <
newtontalk at newtontalk.net>:

> 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!
> Martin
> > 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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