After discussion on NewtoTalk, I decided to try prepare custom battery pack for eMate 300. The original one contain 4 AA NiMH 1.2V cells.
I did some research and I found plastic holder for AA batteries.
Adaptation of this holder should not be a problem. What I need to do is:
- solder positive and negative wires to connector from original eMate 300 battery
- stick thermistor (temperature sensor) somewhere near new NiMH cells
That custom battery will be much better, because in case of NiMH cells wear, it is possible to replace them quickly, without desoldering or cutting. The second advantage is the possibility of using NiMH cells with a larger capacity, which will extend the eMate 300 operating time. Of course, time needed to charge battery will be longer, but this is not a problem at all. At the end, that custom battery will cost much less that original replacement. So, only benefits 🙂
Because Apple never design any stand for Newton, I decided to design and build my own. And because I love LEGO Technic, I decided to use LEGO for this.
Here is a couple photos of my stand for Newton 2000 and Newton 2100. My stand have holder for pen, adjustable tilt angle and power cable holder 🙂
Some time ago I bought on eBay network card for Newton. Farallon Ethernet PC Card (EtherWave and EtherMac – PN895). I always thought that Farallon card are the best for Newton. But this card surprised me a lot. I just can’t setup and run it!
Newton recognise this card, but card can’t get proper connection. I did couple tests on different Newton units to check if drivers working correctly (sometimes NewtonOS can have problems, especially if you want to use many different drivers for a lot of LAN/WiFi cards).
So, at this point I’m not sure where is the problem, because there is only one driver for NewtonOS and Newton recognise this card properly. What if funny, I have similar problem with old 3Com Etherlink III (3C589D) card. I’m not sure why I can’t run it properly. And Newton don’t show info window for this 3Com card.
Weird. I must do the research…
I just discovered that i have Newton 2000 with upgrade to 2100 and with some module, which speed up Newton. I didn’t knew about it before, because Newton has never been run before by me.
At the beginning I thought that Newton is broken, because I couldn’t get connection with computer to backup data. That was weird. The second thing was different startup sound – the pitch was too high. So, I decided to open Newton and check it. And bingo! There is some module inside!
I asked Newton community to help me recognise this module. More info later…
And after couple minutes my friend Jake Bordens (constructor of the internal WiFi module for Newton) send me name of this module. It is Implant-2000, accelerator board for Newton 2×00, produced by the PIXsolution company in 1998 year. Couple info about this module (archive website):
- CPU speed control based on Implant-2000 technology
- sleep mode to save battery power
- switch control to deactivate Implant-2000 module on the fly
- Implant-2000 performance factor about 40%-60%
- realtime clock NOT accelerated (full compatible)
- maximum quiescont supply current 3.3 Volt 200uA
- maximum quiescont supply current in sleep mode 100uA
- Implant-2000 based on 3.3V CMOS technology
- fixed CPU speed factor over 220MHz
- Size: length 29 mm; width 25 mm; height 4 mm
What is interesting, this module allow to switch between original and ‘new’ speed. Thanks to this, Newton don’t have problems when I want to connect to computer or run sensitive programs.
This module is very small, so (as you see on photo) can be installed inside Newton. The only one think I don’t like is the quality of installation of this module. Someone just used sticker tape. It does not look professional. I will try fix it in future.
I have a very ugly habit of buying and testing unknown PCMCIA cards. These are usually WiFi cards, network cards (LAN) or memory cards. Sometimes I can find something interesting. This time I managed to get a WiFi card. For a penny 🙂
This card is released by Enterasys Networks, Inc, and the model name is ‘RoamAbout’. This is 5V and 16-bit card, of course. And – what is most important – working with Newton!
What is interesting, Newton WiFi driver recognise this card as a ‘Cabletron RoamAbout’, which is on official Newton compatible WiFi card list.
Next week I will do couple tests with this card.
Ps. If you want to check which WiFi cards works with Newton, that list can be helpful: WiFi cards compatible with Newton
After quite a long search period (about 10 months) I was able to buy a PCMCIA card that allows connecting Newton to an external monitor using a VGA connector. EZ Presenter (or more common name EZ2VGA) card allows, among other things, to duplicate the Newton screen on an external monitor. I bought this card to record, with an external video recorder, what’s happening on the Newton screen.
At this moment I’m waiting for parcel, so more detail later 🙂
I just made custom label for one of my Intel WiFi cards. It’s looks so good with Newton logo 🙂
Couple days ago I was talking with other Newton user about his problems to connect his Newton via WiFi. I didn’t had any problems before and I thought that must be something wrong with internet settings on Newton.
But I was wrong!
I didn’t had any problems, because – luckily – I used proper AP, which working with Newton and WiFi cards for Newton. This is Apple Time Capsule 1st generation. But other Newton users reported problems to get connections.
I just started my small investigation. I took all my Apple AirPorts, all WiFi PCMCIA cards (working with Newton), and I did couple tests.
HOW I TESTED:
All cards was tested with Manual IP, external DNS (18.104.22.168) and no encryption.
- AirPort Extreme Base Station (with Modem) – A1034
- AirPort Express 802.11b/g – A1084
- AirPort Extreme 802.11n 2nd generation – A1143
- AirPort Time Capsule 802.11n 1st generation – A1254
- AirPort Express 802.11n 1st generation – A1264
My WiFi PCMCIA cards for Newton:
- Lucent Orinoco Silver
- Lucent WaveLAN Silver
- Lucent WaveLAN Gold
- Compaq WL110
- Dell TrueMobile 1150
- Intel PRO/Wireless 2011
- ELSA AirLancer MC-11
- Linksys WPC11
- Linksys WCF12
- All cards WORKING with AirPort Extreme 802.11n 2nd generation – A1143, AirPort Time Capsule N 1st generation – A1254, AirPort Express 802.11n 1st generation – A1264
- Only Lucent WaveLAN Silver, Intel PRO/Wireless 2011 and ELSA AirLancer MC-11 WORKING with ALL tested AirPort stations.
- Linksys WPC11 is on compatibility list, but I couldn’t install this card properly. Card show up on Newton (it is mean WiFi driver discover it), but after initialise LEDs going down and Newton going to reset.
- Linksys WCF12 is on compatibility list, but WiFi driver don’t recognise it. Even with Lantern and More WiFi package.
What is very strange? Some WiFi cards (that models, which not working with some APs) get connection with AirPorts. They get even IP address (I see it in AirPort Utility). But nothing more. I’m not expert about WiFi and networking. Maybe someone could explain this?