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PART II: Newton Hardware

  • A) The Newton MessagePad family
    • 1) What are the various Newton MessagePad models?
  • B) Extending the MessagePad hardware
    • 1) What kind of memory cards can I use in my Newton?
    • 2) Communications: what kind of modem/ethernet card/cell phone can I use?
  • C) Hardware problems
    • 6) Common hardware problems

A) The Newton MessagePad family

1) What are the various Newton MessagePad models?

a) The full list

You can view most of them all at http://archive.dstc.edu.au/newton/hardware.html

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  • Apple's Newtons:
    • Original MessagePad,
    • MP100,
    • MP110,
    • MP120 w/ NOS 1.3,
    • MP120 w/ NOS 2.0,
    • MP130,
    • MP2000,
    • MP2100,
    • eMate 300.
  • Clones:
    • Sharp ExpertPad.
    • Digital Ocean Tarpon.
    • Digital Ocean Seahorse.
    • Motorola Marco.
    • Harris SuperTech 2000.
    • Siemens NotePhone, a Telephon/OMP-Clone/Modem combination
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b) Localized models
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The OMP 1.1, MP100, MP120 & MP130 were available in German. The MP100, MP110 and the MP120/1.3 were available in French. The MP120/2.0-D ROM is in fact the same than the one in the MP130-D (except for the Gestalt answer about the kind of machine).

(From Carsten Lemmen) The OMP was available as a localized German model with 1.1 ROMs and factory preinstalled update to 1.11. This OMP could be upgraded (ROM replacement) to OS 1.3 (MP100 equivalent) through an Apple upgrade program in 1994.
AFAIK there was also a Japanese Version of Newton OS, at least the Sharp Expert Pad (OMP clone) was available with Japanese localisation.

c) The differences

Physically, 1xx models are smaller than 2k models, and they can are equipped with only one PCMCIA slot. MP 130s, MP2ks and eMate 300 are equipped with a backlight. The eMate 300 is equipped with a keyboard, and it looks like the iBook, but smaller.

d) Other differences concern the OS and the size of the memory

From: Holger Schmidt, [email protected], from Pascal B. Kreil site http://www.pbk-solutions.de, and MSNUG Newton Gallery http://www.msu.edu/~luckie/newtgal.htm.

Type:RAMROMCPUNOSPeri.FaxScreenSoundLanguagesCode nameRelease Date
OMP640 KB4 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.0 (1.05)
one PC card
one Serial
send only336x240
ExpertPad PI-7000
640 KB4 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.0-1.05, or 1.10-1.11one PC card
one Serial
send only320x248Speaker??8/93
ExpertPad PI-7100
640 KB4 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.3one PC card
one Serial
send only320x248Speaker??4/94
MP100640 KB4 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.3one PC card
one Serial
send only336x240SpeakerGerman
1 MB5 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.3?one PC card
one Serial
IR, modem
send only320x240?????1/95
Digital Ocean
2 MB4 MB
ARM 610 20 MHz1.3?one PC card
one Serial
IR, modem
send only320x240Speaker??1/95
Digital Ocean
2 MB4 MB
ARM 610 20 MHz2.0?one PC card
one Serial
IR, modem
send only320x240?????1/96
MP1101 MB4 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.3one PC card
one Serial
send only320x240SpeakerEnglish
MP120a1 MB8 MBARM 610 20 MHz1.3one PC card
one Serial
send only320x240SpeakerEnglish
Gelato10/94 (Germany)
1/95 (US)
SuperTech 2000
2 MB4 MB
ARM 610 20 MHz1.3?
one PC card
one Serial
IR & Radio (2x)
send and receive320x240Speaker??12/94
MP120b2 MB8 MB
ARM 610 20 MHz1.3
one PC card
one Serial
send and receive320x240SpeakerEnglish
French (1.3)
MP1302.5 MB8 MB
ARM 610 20 MHz2.0one PC card
one Serial
send and receive320x240
eMate 3003 MB8 MBARM 710 25 MHz2.1one PC card
one Serial
send and receive480x320
16 grays
headphone jack
MP20005 MB*8 MBStrongARM 161.9 MHz2.1two PC card
one Serial
send and receive480x320
16 grays
Speaker* and
MP21008 MB*8 MBStrongARM 161.9 MHz2.1two PC card
one Serial
send and receive480x320
16 grays
Speaker* and

*[Robert Sexton's Note] The MP2000/MP2100/eMate has a special connector, known as the interconnect port, which contains the line in, line out, and two serial ports. At the time of this writing, the interconnect port connector is not widely available. The eMate has an interconnect port, a headphone jack and a regular serial/LocalTalk port.

The MP120 (1MB) memory consists of 639K of DRAM and 385K of FlashRAM. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=17080

The MP120 (2MB) memory consists of 687K of DRAM and 1361K of FlashRAM. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=18815

The MP130 memory consists of 1,199K of DRAM and 1,361K of FlashRAM. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=19336

The eMate memory consists of 2MB FlashRAM and 1MB DRAM. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=20992

The MP2000 memory consists of 1MB of DRAM, and 4mb of Flash RAM. The MP2100 memory (and upgraded MP2k) consists of 4MB of DRAM, and 4Mb of Flash RAM.

e) I have a Newton model H1000. What is this?

You have an original Newton MessagePad (OMP), the first model made, or you have an MP100, its immediate successor.

f) I heard a rumor that Apple is making a new Newton. Is this true?

That's very probably just a rumor based on the interest of Apple for Palm devices. BTW, Palm Desktop which is to be found on iBooks is compatible with NCU (the format is like Claris Organizer).

g) How can I distinguish a MP2000 from an upgraded MP2000?

The difference between both is simply the DRAM size. If Apple upgraded the MP2000, there should be a MP2100 sticker near the interconnect port and the serial number. Otherwise, you can simply go to the Memory Info (press the [i] button under Extras) which should tell System RAM installed something close to 4 MB (3984 KB) if you have an upgraded MP, or something close to 1 MB if you have a MP2000.

h) I have a Newton MP2x00/eMate 300 EVT/DVT or a 'Newton NotePad'. What is it?

EVT and DVT are two levels of prototype in the Newton program.

The initial prototypes were called 'EVT' ('Engineering Verification Test'). After the EVT units were tested for a while, and various changes were made, the DVT ('Development Verification Test') units were created. DVT units were supposed to be closer to the final production devices.

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Initial EVT prototypes were similar to the final MP2K, except instead of the StrongARM processor, they had the ARM710 processor (same as the eMate).

A second batch of EVT devices ('EVT 2' devices) with StrongARM processors were built.

A batch of DVT devices was built. Most of the units were configured as the original MP2000. There were a few 4mb DRAM devices built in the DVT run (they therefore are like MP2100s). Besides, some units have a special ROM Board with an additional 8 MB of Flash for Internal memory (bringing the total to 12 MB). There may have been units with Flash instead of ROM and with 16 MB of ROM instead of 8.

The Newton NotePad were probably DVT units of the original MessagePad. It's not known how they differed from the production OMPs.

i) I have a grey dongle for MP2x00. What's the difference with the black ones?

Brian Parker reported on Usenet:

I have a very weird gray Newton 2K serial adapter! It appears to be exactly the same as the normal black ones, except it is beige/gray and has 'TAIWAN N 2' instead of China on the bottom. It has the same part number as the black ones.

Don Vollum answered:

IIRC, the gray adapters were for the DVT (second batch of prototype) 2000 units (codenamed 'N2'). [Editor's note: cf the previous question]

The EVT units had black adapters, which looked like the production ones. Between the EVT 2 run and the DVT run, they changed one of the pins, hence the need for different adapters.

I believe that functionally, the gray adapter should be identical to a production unit.

j) Where can I find information about Newton prototypes?

There was several Newton prototypes. Some pictures can be found in Newton Gallery http://www.msu.edu/~luckie/newtgal.htm.

Larger pictures with some text are available at Newton Secrets Secret Newtons: http://www.a-in-a-circle.com/newton/.

Finally, Russ Uzes purchased a Newton Cadillac on eBay and put some pictures there: http://www.uzes.net/newton.

2) Where can I find a Newton MessagePad and Newton accessories?

  • eBay http://www.ebay.com/ on the Internet.
  • J & K Sales Inc. http://www.jksalesinc.com/
  • Gem Enterprises.http://www.gementerprises.com/
  • comp.sys.newton.marketplace.
  • Tima Scientific Tima Scientific
  • Small Dog Electronics Small Dog Electronics (use the search box)

Additionally, you can buy parts directly from Sun Remarketing http://www2.sunrem.com/sun02.w?grp=Newtons or Apple themselves. To buy parts to Apple, you need first to get the part numbers (available on Sun Remarketing Website).

[This is a direct quote from csnm. Unfortunately, I lost the original message. If anyone can remind me who was the author of this contribution, I'll add necessary credits]

Call the Apple Fulfillment Center at 1-888-273-3594. This is the department within Apple that someone was once transferred to in a previous message. There is no guarantee that you will experience the same level of success using it. Don't call Apple support at (800) SOS-APPL as you may waste many hours of your life in this endeavour.

Tell them you would like to order a replacement part and that you have all the info already (ie. part number, case number-if necessary). Since you didn't call Apple SOS to get a case number try to stay away from this subject. I was also prepared to lie and say that my Newton was still under warrenty. That part number for the Newton replacement Flip Top is #922-3306. Cost? Around $10 USD [Myron reported the price is now 43 USD as of June, 21st, 2001]. Remember it, learn it, love it.

Have a credit card ready and provide them with shipping information and credit card number. Shipping cost you ask? Roughly $5 USD for ground shipping (US + Canada) taking 10-12 days or $20 (USD) for Fed Ex shipping (1-2 days I think).

[Additional comment by PG] If you chose FedEx and they failed to deliver the parts in time, they'll charge you the regular price, $5.50

Thanks the person on the phone for solving your door issues then quietly hang up as you have escaped the long waiting, frustrating conversations and general annoying details of talking to Apple about the Newton.

Wait. Door should arrive (hopefully) soon after allotted shipping time. Open arrived package, attach new door, chill and serve. Voila!

[Newer report by Christopher Dean (07/05/2001)]

Dongles are still available through Apple. It is listed in their 'service' catalogue and are available from your Apple reseller.

The cost is $38 Australian (US$ 19).


[Parts numbers]

The prices are approximate and may have changed since we received the information. Please keep in mind that we don't know which parts are actually available. Most of the items are from Carsten Lemmen. However, I thought that 922-2940 was the eMate Display Housing, not the Display Bezel (which I thought to be 922-2939)

  • eMate parts
    • Backlight, Electroluminescent (EL) 922-2681
    • Battery, NiMH 922-2938
    • Bezel, eMate Display 922-2940
    • Card, ROM, eMate 661-1195
    • Case, Bottom Assembly 922-2941
    • Case, Top (includes Logic Board) 661-1194
    • Cover, Top, eMate Display 922-2939
    • Door, Battery, ROM, RAM Access 922-2674
    • Feet, Rubber, Pkg. of 4 922-2679
    • Handle, Rubber Cushion 922-2678
    • Holder, Name Card 922-2676
    • Keyboard, eMate 922-2398
    • Key, Dummy, Keyboard, eMate 300 076-0636
    • Latch Kit 076-0633
    • LCD Assembly, eMate 661-1193
    • Lens, I/R 922-2677
    • Plug, Screw, Bezel, Pkg. of 4 922-2680
    • Plugs, Ink Well, Right and Left, Kit 076-0634
    • Plugs, Screw, Bottom Case, Kit 076-0635
    • Screw Kit 076-0637
    • Sleeve, Battery 922-2675
    • Stylus (eMate Pen) 922-2682
  • MP2x00 Parts
    • Battery Pack, Rechargeable, NiMh 922-2968 32.50 USD (or 34 USD?)
    • Battery Tray 922-3307 10 USD
    • Cable, Adapter, MessagePad2000 to DIN-9 922-2971
    • Case, Carrying, MessagePad 2000 922-2976
    • Case, Carrying, Nylon, MessagePad 2000 922-2972
    • Stylus, MessagePad 2000, Pkg. of 5 922-2969 43 USD (21/06/2001) (maybe it's the price for a single stylus)
    • Flip Top 922-3306* 43 USD (21/06/2001)
    • Serial Adapter (dongle?) 590-0756A 11 USD
  • MP110/120/130 Parts:
    • 2.0 ROM Card, French (not for MP110) F661-1054
    • 2.0 ROM Card, German (not for MP110) D661-1054
    • Back Cover Assembly 076-0526
    • Battery Pack, Rechargable 661-1105
    • Battery Cover (Pkg. of 5) 922-0755
    • Battery Recharger 922-0753
    • Case, LC, Leather 922-0761
    • Case, Leather 922-0896
    • Cover, Battery, Lithium (Pkg. of 5) 076-0491*
    • Lithium Battery Cover,MP110 (Pkg. of 5) 922-0756
    • Cover, Battery (Pkg. of 5) 922-1285
    • Cover, Top, Hinged (Pkg. of 5) 076-0492*
    • Foot, Rubber (Pkg. of 50) 922-1375
    • I/O Cover 922-1686*
    • I/R Cover 922-1687*
    • On/Off Knob 922-1688*
    • Rubber Foot, MP110 (Pkg. of 50) 922-0757
    • Stylus (Pkg. of 5) 922-0754
    • Stylus, Recharger Cradle 922-0759
  • OMP/MP100 Parts:
    • Battery Cover, Plastic (Pkg. of 5) 922-2037
    • Battery Holder, 4AAA (Pkg. of 10) 922-2038
    • Battery Pack, Nicad 661-1693
    • Battery Recharger 922-0562
    • Case, Carrying, Leather 922-0563
    • Case, Carrying, Sport 922-0569
    • Cover, Connector Rubber (Pkg. of 20) 922-2039
    • Cover, Slip, Vinyl (Pkg. of 5) 922-2040
    • Stylus, MessagePad (Pkg. of 10) 922-2036
  • Parts for all Newton Products:
    • Adapter Plug, Australia 922-2975
    • Adapter Plug, Europe 922-2974
    • Adapter Plug, UK 922-2973
    • Adapter, Power, Newton, 9 Watt 922-2951
    • Cable, Macintosh Connect 922-0564
    • Cable, PC Connect 922-0565
    • Battery Booster Pack 922-0570
    • Cable, Print Pack 922-2035
    • Case, Modem, Pkg. of 10 922-0714
    • Flash Memory Card 2MB 661-1695
    • Keyboard Slipcover 922-1493
    • Keyboard 661-0963
    • Keyboard, British B661-0963
    • Keyboard, French F661-0963
    • Keyboard, German D661-0963
    • Keyboard, Swedish S661-0963
    • Modem Card Assembly, PCMCIA 661-1745
    • Modem, Data/Fax, 2400 Baud, External 661-1692
    • Power Adapter, In-Line (old model) 922-0560
    • Power Adapter,Right Angle,Australia X922-0561
    • Power Adapter,Right Angle,Great Britain B922-0561
    • Power Adapter, Right Angle, Int'l Z922-0561
*: I'm not sure, which Newton this part belongs to

3) What is the difference between RAM, DRAM, FlashRAM, ROM, SRAM...?

RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is the designation for memory that can be both written to and read. ROM stands for Read Only Memory. ROM cannot be written to. It is used in the Newton for the Operating System. Hence you cannot delete it.

SRAM stands for Static RAM. An SRAM cell consists of a small semiconductor circuit (a flipflop), that holds one bit of information. As long as power is supplied to this flipflop, it will retain its current state (unless changed intentionally, of course), hence the back-up batteries in SRAM cards.

DRAM is for Dynamic RAM. A DRAM cell is constructed to be a tiny capacitor. It is much cheaper to manufacture, and can be much smaller. However, the capacitor will slowly lose it's charge, hence the need to refresh it regularly. Also, the needed time to (un)load the capacitor in order to store a bit of information is significantly longer than the time needed to (re)set a flipflop.

FlashRAM is based on EEPROM technology. It's a kind of memory that does not lose its contents when power is no longer supplied. It is used for storage on the Newton.

4) What are the Newton's sound capabilities?

To record sounds, remember that you'll need a microphone which can only be found on 2.1 devices.

Software which allows you to record and playback sounds:

  • The Newton's built-in recording stationary (MP 2k only)
  • VoiceNotes (by Modasys) dramatically improves the Newton's recording quality, and uses memory much more efficiently than the built-in recording stationary, thereby turning the Newton into a useful digital recorder. http://www.modasys.de
  • The freeware program ModPlayer by Roger Milne lets you play MOD files directly on your Newton. http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Code/5100/
  • Eckhart Köppen ported MAD, an MP3 player http://40hz.org/MADNewton/
  • There are also various sound packages available. Search UNNA http://www.unna.org/unna/sounds/ for sounds such as:
    • StarWars/Babylon 5/StarTrek/Simpsons
    • Shane Hill sounds: http://members.tripod.com/SDHEngSoft/
    • The freeware program VoiceAlarm by Serg Koren lets you record sounds which can be used as alarm sounds on the Newton. http://www.VisualNewt.com/
    • Make-your-own audio adaptor (Dave Miller). This site provides advice how to make a headphone jack for your Newton: http://www.eskimo.com/~millerd/nicadapter/index.html

5) Where can I find original manuals?

The manuals can be found on Apple's FTP, Rochester FTP and UNNA

  • [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/
  • [dead link] ftp://ftp.cif.rochester.edu/pub/newton/FAQ_and_documentation/apple_manuals/
  • http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/documentation/
  • 1.x devices Manuals (including 1.x to 2.0 upgrade related manuals)
    • Newton System Update 1.3 for the MessagePad 100 and MessagePad 110 [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307279AMP100110UD1.3.PDF
    • Upgrading Your MessagePad 120 for the Macintosh Operating System [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307841ANMP120UPG.PDF
    • New Features of the Newton 2.0 Operating System [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307843ANOS2FTURS.PDF
    • Transferring Information from an Earlier Model Newton Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) (moving data from a 1.x device to a 2.0 device) [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0308274NewtonTransferInst.pdf
  • MP120 2.0 and 130 Manuals
    • Apple MessagePad Handbook [dead link] (Big manual for the MP130, suitable for the MP120 except for backlight which the MP120 doesn't have) ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307258ANEWTONMP.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0308951ANAPLMPHNDBK.PDF
    • Late-Breaking Information (addenda to the Newton Handbook) [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0308508AILATEBKGINFO.PDF
    • Important Information for the MP120/2.0 [dead link] (Before you use your Apple MessagePad 120 with the Newton 2.0 operating system, it is important that you make a backup copy of the pre-installed software packages.) ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307519AIMPINFO.PDF
  • eMate 300 Manuals
    • eMate Manual http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/documentation/eMate/eMateUserManual.pdf
    • eMate 300 Getting Started Guide http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/documentation/eMate/eMateGettingStarted.pdf
    • eMate Classroom Exchange http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/documentation/eMate/ClassroomExchangeManual.pdf or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0073557ACLASSRMXCHG.PDF
    • Important Information About Your eMate 300 [dead link] (Review the information to find out about making backup copies of your information and using StyleWriter printers.) ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0300534AEM300BUERRV.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0305126AEM300II.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0330534AEM300II.PDF
    • Rechargeable battery for the eMate 300 [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0330414ARBEMATE300.PDF
    • eMate 300 Teacher's Guide [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340024ANCNCTOPWRPLG.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340273AEMATE300TG.PDF or http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/documentation/eMate/eMateTeachersGuide.pdf
    • Using the eMate Connectivity CD [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340063AEMCNCTCDUM.PDF
  • MP2x00 Manuals
    • Important Information About Your MessagePad 2000 [dead link] (Review the information to find out about making backup copies of your information and using NewtWorks, PC Card modems and printing.) ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0306222AMP2000AD.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0330504AMSGPAD2000UD.PDF
    • MessagePad 2000 Getting Started Guide [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0306224AMP2000GS.PDF
    • MessagePad 2000 User's Manual [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0306251AMP2000UM.PDF
    • Using E-Mail on Your MessagePad 2000 [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340196AMP2000EMAIL.PDF
    • Upgrading Your MessagePad 2000 (Important information before sending the MP2000 to Apple) [dead link] (Note: Apple no longer upgrades MP2000s, see question IIB1c) ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/Z0330679AUPGMP2000.PDF
  • Apple software Manuals
    • Newton Backup Utility User's Guide
      • For the Macintosh Operating System [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0080027ANEWTBACKUG.PDF
      • For Windows [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0300028ANEWTUGWOS.PDF
    • Newton Conneciton Utilities User's Manual
      • For the Macintosh Operating System [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307273ANCNCTMOSUM.PDF
      • For Windows [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307288ANCNCTWINUM.PDF
    • Newton Press User's Guide
      • For the Macintosh Operating System [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307735ANPMOSUG.PDF
      • For Windows [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307736NewtonPressWin.pdf
    • Newton Internet Enabler User's Manual
      • NIE 1.x [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340011ANIEUM.PDF
      • NIE 2.0 http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/software/Internet/NIE2/nie20_ug.pdf
    • Newton Connection 2.0 Update [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0305272ANCNCT2UD.PDF
    • Newton Connection Kit for Windows User's Guide [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0305277ANCNCTKITWINUG.PDF
    • NewtonWorks Manuals
      • NewtonWorks Word Processor User's Manual [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0306284ANWWPUM.PDF
      • Newton Works Graphing Calculator User's Manual [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340062ANWGRAFCALCUM.PDF
      • See also questions VB4b and VB4d
  • Apple additional hardware Manuals
    • Using the Newton Print Pack [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0330870ANWTNPRPK.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0330941APRTPKFCC.PDF
    • Connecting Power Plugs [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340024ANCNCTOPWRPLG.PDF
    • Newton 9W Power Adapter (English, French, German, Japanese) [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/ZM0305334AN9WPWRADPT.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/ZM5334ANWTN9WPWRADP.PDF
    • Newton Rechargeable Battery Pack (English, French, German, Japanese) [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/ZM0309847ANRCHGBTRYPK.PDF or [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/ZM9847ANWTRECHBATPAK.PDF
  • Misc manuals
    • Important Late-Breaking Information [dead link] (If you have a MessagePad, MessagePad 100, or MessagePad 110 device and want to transfer information from the Name File, Notepad, and Date Book, applications, and application data to your MessagePad 120, please follow these instructions.) ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307176ANMPLATEBKG.PDF
    • Connecting a Newton PDA to your Macintosh [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307372ACNCTNPDAMAC.PDF
    • About Cables [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0308266ANCBLS.PDF
    • Using E-Mail on Your Newton Device [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0340315ANEMUM.PDF
    • Important Information (about GSM and TDK Modem) [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/ZMP2000AD.PDF
    • FREE Newton Backup Utility (how to get a free copy of NBU) [dead link] (Note: you can no longer get this free copy) ftp://ftp.cif.rochester.edu/pub/newton/FAQ_and_documentation/apple_manuals/0308582AFREENBUUTIL.PDF
  • Newton Enhancement Pack and Third Party software Documentation (The Newton Enhancement Pack is a 2 MB Flash card which came with third party software)
    • Getting Started With Your Newton Enhancement Pack [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/0307500ANENHPKGS.PDF
    • Newton Utilities User's Manual [dead link] ftp://manuals.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Manuals/newton/NewtonUtilitiesUM.pdf
    • Welcome to Newton! Installing Your Newton Software (manual to install software and Expense Plus in particular - apparently a manual for Apple Employees) [dead link] ftp://ftp.cif.rochester.edu/pub/newton/FAQ_and_documentation/apple_manuals/0306817ANSWII.PDF

6) Where can I find service manuals?

Service manuals are like ghosts on Apple's FTP. They appear and disappear periodically. However, the Newton service manuals are not really exciting.

sp stands for specifications, ba for basics. emate.up.pdf explains how to do the eMate upgrade. Manuals with no extension includes these plus a worthless section called troubleshooting, and exploded view (MP 1xx), which is worthless, too. eMate manual also includes a section about the diagnostic (to be used with a special card from Apple). Here is the URL: [dead link] ftphqx.info.apple.com/Apple_Support_Area/Misc/Service/servicemanuals/

  • emate.ba.pdf (343 Ko)
  • emate.pdf (2913 Ko)
  • emate.sp.pdf (105 Ko)
  • emate.up.pdf (251 Ko)
  • messagepad.ba.pdf (79 Ko)
  • messagepad.sp.pdf (109 Ko)
  • messagepad_100.110.120.130.pdf (209 Ko)
  • messagepad2100.ba.pdf (95 Ko)
  • messagepad2100.sp.pdf (92 Ko)
  • messagepad_2000.2100.pdf (221 Ko)

In case they disapear again, there is a mirror at: http://www.traffictrak.com/ServiceManuals/. Apparently, not all manuals are there.

Victor Rehorst made a mirror which is available at: http://guelph.unna.org/mirrors/

B) Extending MessagePad hardware

1) What kind of memory cards can I use in my Newton?

a) What cards are suitable for the Newton?

You can use SRAM cards or FlashRAM cards. SRAM cards are more expensive than FlashRAM cards, and they need an internal battery.

There are several kinds of flash memory cards available today and in many different phisical formats. There are ATA flash cards, compact flash cards, SmartMedia flash cards, memory sticks and linear flash cards. There are Linear and ATA cards that can look the same externally, but only linear (or regular) cards can be used in Newton MessagePads natively, and not all. (see next question).

For ATA cards, you need to use a software developed by Paul Guyot. More details available at: http://www.kallisys.com/newton/ata/?lg=en

b) What sizes and models are suitable for my Newton?

There are several common kinds of linear cards, depending on the chip used in it.

ModelAll 1.x modelsAll 2.0 modelsMP2x00eMate 300
AMD series D or AD linear Cards
(also known as 5v/5v)
Intel Series II
YesYesYesRead only
Intel Series II+
(5v/5v - they even work with 3v/3v)
Intel Value Series 100
Intel Value Series 200

Please note that I compiled this table from various sources.

SRAM cards are said to only work if they are 4 MB or smaller.

It is believed that you need Newton OS 2.x to use flash cards bigger than 4 MB, however it appears to be wrong at least with the Intel Series II+ in a MP100: Harri Hohteri [email protected] succeeded in using such a card in his MP2100, his MP130 and his MP100.

It is believed that Series II+ only work in 2.x models, but Harri Hohteri's 40 MB card works in his MP100.

The maximum size limit has been said to be 4 MB, 32 MB, or any other value. Apparently, there is no size limit but the linear cards limit (64 MB), however nobody reported to have been able (or unable) to use a 64 MB card. If you do, please contact us.

Intel and AMD are technologies and most of the time suppliers of the chips, not brands. Therefore Intel cards can be sold under different brand names (Apple for example ;-). You can identify them by their part number:

nn is the memory capacity in MB

  • Series II: iMC0nnFLSA
  • Series II+: iMC0nnFLSP
  • VS 100: iMC0nnFLSC

The best source about Flash Cards is Carsten Lemmen's website. His page about memory cards is available in English http://www.mac3.de/sig/newton/memory_cards.html and in German: http://www.mac3.de/sig/newton/Speicherkarten.html

c) Can I increase internal DRAM memory?

You can increase the DRAM memory of the MP2000 by doing the MP2100 upgrade. Apple no longer do it. Some companies sell the kit or do the upgrade such as PixSolution http://www.pixsolution.com/ & Digital Dave http://www.kc.net/~drnewton

You can expand both the DRAM and the Flash on eMate 300 to what the MP2100 has, by installing a NewerRAM http://www.newerram.com/ or another memory module.

[From Otto Sohn:] To my knowledge there is not a single manufacturer who still produces/stocks these cards. The only chance seems to be getting one on eBay. There have been rumors, though, that one of the manufacturers (I forgot which one - Lifetime ? Peripheral Enhancements ?) was possibly considering producing another batch if someone would buy their production of these cards wholesale. It was rumored to be 25+ cards minimum. I don't know if that is true.

Related information on eMate upgrades is also available at:

  • 'Apple eMate 300: Memory Upgrade Discussion' http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=30408 where the following is said:
    'When internal DRAM memory is installed, the total amount of DRAM available will equal that on the expansion card. However, when internal flash memory is installed, the storage memory area equals the amount of original internal flash memory plus that on the internal expansion card.
    For example, an expansion card with 4 MB of DRAM and 2 MB of flash memory would result in a configuration of 4 MB of DRAM and 4 MB of flash memory.'
  • [dead link] http://www.lifetimememory.com/Pages/LMPnpemate2.html where this additional information is supplied:
    'An additional benefit is that with the expanded DRAM, the eMate will reconfigure its data path for processed data from 16 to 32 bit, greatly increasing responsiveness.'

Instructions for a do-it-yourself upgrade can be found on Abe Lee's site at: [dead link] http://user.chollian.net/~cehz/frame2.htm

2) Communications: what kind of modem/ethernet card/cell phone can I use?

a) Which modem can I use? How do I make a modem script?

Any compatible external modem should work properly.

[From Helmut Fischer]: To connect MP and external modem, use a standard Apple Macintosh modem cable. Works on all MPs I have tried (120, 130, 2100).

For internal modems, there is a complete list maintained by Len Lutz [email protected] at: http://www.dca.net/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/lenlutz/newton.cgi

DNUG maintains a list of drivers and scripts: [dead link] http://www.dnug.dk/info/modems.html

To make a modem script, you can use the sample code provided by Apple, Modem Setup (latest version is 2), which you can find on UNNA.

Combo cards don't work without a specific driver. Some have one, but most don't. In the best case you can use the modem part of the card. If the Newton says 'A communications card has been inserted' when you insert a combo card, it means that the modem part has been recognized and might work.

b) Which cell phones can I use?

Here's a summary of cell phone compatibility for the Newton. Information on modems and drivers are further below. Thanks to all the individual contributors who provided info about their cell phones.

  • Motorolla 'Micro TAC Alpha'
    From: [email protected]oastalnet.com (David Rouse)
    I've had excellent results with a Motorolla 'Micro TAC Alpha' (flip phone, on the larger side) and a CELLect 14.4 PCMCIA modem card (which has a neat geeky manual, it even covers UUCP). Both products are, I believe, as discontinued as the Newton itself.
  • Ericsson T18s
    From: [email protected] (Peter Hofmann) Hi, i use with my 2100 a Option 56k GSM ready Card and Ericsson T18s Cell Phone. My Ericsson SH888 also was a good deal (pity you can use the built-in modem)
  • Motorola Startac
    From: [email protected] (D. Hochberg/J. Leong)
    I've got a motorola startac with an ositech 5 of diamonds modem. no problems.
  • Motorola DPC650
    From: [email protected] (Dave Fleishman)
    I have had some success with a Motorola DPC650, a MOT-1 cable from Megahertz and a Megahertz XJ4288 modem. Dials great, connects great, but the cellular connection is slow, and unless I'm near a cell tower, it can drop in the middle of the transfer. I used both the 14.4 and higher setting, and the CruiseCard 28.8 setting with success. I have also had success with a Motorola 'black box' with just about all PC card modems I have used. Let me know if you need the part number for it, because I keep it in my car.
  • Motorola 6200, 8200, 8400, 8700, 8900
    From: [email protected]
    I'm using the CEllect 1+ card and a Newton 130 with a driver I found in a free logo onto them, with GSM cable for Siemens S4, works with Option drivers from www.novamedia.de. Both as a standard 33.6K modem, as an cellular. Haven't tried anything else than an S4, but presume that , as you just change cable, it would work with any cellular that Option has an cable for. Both data and fax, in both cases, I might add.
  • Nokia 6110
    From: [email protected] (Roman Pixell)
    I'm using the mp2000 today with a nokia 6110 and an option modem card. i rewrote the script, and it works ok i guess.
  • Nokia 8110
    From: [email protected] (Kenneth Wong)
    I'm using the Nokia Cellular Data Card DTP-2v2 with my Nokia 8110.
  • Nokia 880, 2110(i), 3110, 3810, 5000, 8110(i), 8146, 8148i - and clones like Technophone, some Philips models.
    From: [email protected] (Harri)
    Nokia 880, 2110(i), 3110, 3810, 5000, 8110(i), 8146, 8148i models works with DTP-2 ver.II Nokia Cellular Data Card and Nokia GSM ISDN driver. Nokia 880, 2110(i), 5000 (this might be Mobira Cityman not Nokia) and 2110 -clones like Technophone, some Philips-models work with DTP-2 Nokia Cellular Data Card and Nokia GSM Auto driver. These might work (and probably will) with each others drivers. The Nokia 6150 can be connected with TDK, option and some other 3rd party PC Card. These cards support several other brands and models. The Motorola 8700 - All Motorola phones which support Cellect PC Card are supported by gsm-motorola driver. Some future and currently available phones which has built-in modem should be compatible. These phone are Nokia 7110, Siemens S25, Bosch 909. None of the phones above can use IrDA to communicate because of the un-complete IrDA support on Newtons. Obviously some Ericsson models are supported because there's such thing as gsm-ericsson driver available. I have no idea which phones.
  • Sagem RD435 Helmut Fischer has been able to connect his Newton to this phone using an Apple Modem cable (MinitDIN8 <-> DB9) and connecting the DB9 part to a standard phone - PC cable. He reports: I had to modify the Apple cable slightly (remove the connection between RxD+ and GND).
  • Siemens S25.
    From: Olaf 'Holger' Bohlen
    Today I connected my MP130 to my S25 GSM phone with a normal PC, 'serial' and 'no waiting for dialtone'. And it works great. I was able to fax, to mail and to phone :)
  • Merlin Wireless Modem.
    Mark Rollins put all information on a web page: http://www.mrollins.com/newtmerlin.html
  • Motorola TimePort P280
    From: [email protected] (Eric Schneck)
    I got the Motorola TimePort P280 working (in analog mode) with my 2100. I need to do a manual dial-up because otherwise it hangs at the login prompt.
The newton can use several GPRS devices such as cellular phones and, at least, one PC Card.
  • Option GlobeTroter triBand GPRS/GSM PC Card.
  • Siemens S45.
  • Nokia 6310(i)
  • Ericsson T68(i) and T65
c) Which network cards can I use?

(From Victor Rehorst, [email protected])

For the 120/2.0 and 130, only one network card is known to work. (From NewtonTalk) [email protected] (Donald T. Stewart) writes:

I purchased the Roamer (a PC card wireless networking device) and a DynaCOMM Network Access Point from e-bay a couple of months ago, but just today tried to get them working. I have no trouble using a 2.0 MP120 with them, and seem to ba able to access my home Apple Talk network wirelessly.

This card is seemingly incompatible with OS 2.1.

Newtons running OS 2.1 and NIE 2.0 can use ethernet cards from certain manufacturers, with the proper drivers. The following is an almost exhaustive list:

  • Farallon PN895 EtherWave
  • 3Com 3c589, 3C589B (according to Harri Hohteri), 3c589C, 3c589D (including -TP), 3CXE589DT, 3CXE589ET
  • Proxim RangeLAN2 wireless Ethernet *note* this card is not compatible with AirPort or any other 802.11-based technology
  • AmbiCom AMB8010 PowerSaver
  • TDK Combo cards: DFL5610, DFL3410, DFL3200, DFL9610
  • TDK Ethernet cards: LAK-CD021, LAK-CD021AX, LAK-CD021BX
  • D-Link DE-650, DE-660 (can be found at zones.com for US$43.99 plus shipping) [Thanks to Kent Wong] DE-660+
  • Fujitsu FMV-J182, FMV-J182A
  • RATOC REX-R280
  • Contec C-NET(PC)C
  • Longshine LCS-8534TB
  • Correga EtherII PCC-T

All of the above drivers are available from Newton Resources: http://www.chuma.org/newton/ethernet/

Note: This applies to TCP/IP. Cf question VB1e 'How can I connect to the Newton using Ethernet with NCU/NPI/NBU?' for these software.

d) How can I connect to my cellular modem?
Three solutions are available:
  • A PC card and a cable especifically designed for your Phone. Among other places, available from Socket Communications
  • The serial cable for your phone from the manufacturer can be connected to the Newton using a minidin-8 to DB-9 adaptor, and, in the MP2x00, the serial dongle.
  • If your phone has an infrared comms port, you can try Eckhart Koeppen's Nitro driver. (Only NOS 2.1 devices)

Helmut Fischer Port Devices Driver Download Windows 7

3) What kind of keyboard can I use?

The eMate has a keyboard built-in. No other Newtons do.

Apple Computer made a special optional keyboard which can be plugged into the MP2k's serial port.

You can also use a keyboard with MP120 w/ NOS 2.0 & MP130.

There are hacks (software and/or hardware) which allows one to use this keyboard with earlier Newtons as well.

  • Newtkey is a keyboard driver for NOS 1.x devices. http://www.contrib.andrew.cmu.edu/usr/gf2e/newtkey/.

Information for using Palm Stowaway keyboards can be found at Grant Hutchinson's site.

4) Can I speed up the processor?

Yes, PixSolution http://www.pixsolution.com/english.html or http://www.pixsolution.com/ offers kits to speed up the MP2ks and MP130s. They can install it.

(From Harri Hohteri [email protected]) For DIY (stands for do-it-yourself) guys there's an article about accelerating MP120 by Lewin A.R.W. Edwards:


Stephanie Macks wrote two pages for homebrew MP2x00 (http://www.felesmagus.com/newton/2100fast.html) and eMate (http://www.felesmagus.com/newton/ematefast.html) speed up.

5) Can I change the ROM of the Newton?

Theoretically, the ROM of Newton MP 120 can be changed from Newton OS 1.3 to Newton OS 2.0. But you've got to find a ROM chip to do this. Other ROM chips on OMP and MP110 are soldered to the motherboard.

Interestingly, the ROM in an OS 2.1 device (MP2x00, eMate) is installed on a card, with room for four more ROM chips...

6) What kind of batteries can I use?

You can use alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries (NiCD, NiMH, ...) or the Apple battery pack. The MP120 & the MP130 can recharge them (with a little piece of paper to press the button under the batteries).

Please note that recharging NiMH batteries in MP1x0s can damage the Newton. Cf: http://www.newtontalk.net/archive/newtontalk.2002-02/2503.html.

Only the Apple battery pack can be recharged inside the MP2k. For all other batteries you will need a separate battery charger, or to modify the battery holder as described by Nick Müller: http://www.logictools.de/newton/akku_mod/akku2k.html.

7) What kind of AC power adapters should I use?

The best advice is to use a Newton-branded adapter. Any Newton adapter will work with any Newton. There are two adapters, the original adapter (shipped with MP1x0s) and the 9W adapter (officially for MP2x00 and eMates). Both work in every Newton but the 9W adapter charges batteries faster than the original adapter (except in the MP100).

Apple published a tech note about that: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=21114

Too many Newtons have had their power supplies fried using third party adaptors. However, if you want to try at your own risk, please note that, on MP2k, adapters should have the following characteristics:

(-)( *-(+), 5V DC, 400 mA [This one works, even to recharge batteries, in both a MP2x00 and a MP120]

This diagram means that the plus is inside and the minus is outside. I'm not an ASCII artist, but this looks a little bit like the diagram on both the original adapter and this adapter

Helmut Fischer reported: On my original 9W power adapter (MP2100) it says 7.5V 1.2A. It also works with the MP130.

With his MP120 & MP130, Jacek Jadwiszczak uses a 7V, 3W. Also: 6V works (but no charging batteries) and 7.5V works just fine, always at least 3W are needed. Please note that he hadn't give me the polarity yet, and in all cases, nusing a third party adapter could fry your Newton

Carl Schultz reports:

I have been using a Radio Shack AC adapter for almost a year now. It is the 3-12 volt adjustable model. The new model # is 273-1680 ($34.99 list) and is rated at 1000mA. Mine is the older 800mA model but otherwise is the same. The adapter came with several different plug ends, none of which was correct for my MP2000. I had to buy another one, which I don't have the part number for, but it has a yellow end if that helps (they are all color coded). This end may now be included with the adapter, since the Radio Shack description states that 4 of the included ends are 'new'. Make sure that you install the connector in the 'tip positive' configuration. I've been using mine daily at work with no problems.

Michael Vacik reports that the RadioShack plug adapter to use is the Adaptaplug C: http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1&catalog%5Fname=CTLG&category%5Fname=CTLG%5F004%5F001%5F003%5F000&product%5Fid=273%2D1706

You might want to check Johannes Wolf advice: http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=newtontalk&m=102812823519465&w=2

8) What kind of printers can I use?

Apple has a technote answering this question for NewtonOS 2.x: http://karchive.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=19483

There are basically three ways to print things from a Newton:

Helmut Fischer Port Devices Driver Download

First, you can print with a serial connection (or an AppleTalk connection - LaserWriter-compatible printers only - or via IrDA if you have a MP2x00/eMate 300). For this, you need a driver. The NewtonOS has drivers in the ROM which appear in the list when you select 'Choose Other Printer' from the print dialog. There are also drivers written by Apple which can be found on UNNA for the SW4500 & SW6500 and the HP IrDA printers (NewtonOS 2.1 devices only): http://www.unna.org/unna/drivers/printer/ [I know there's a non working one for Epson printers, but is there any other driver around?]

Apple also released a PrintPack which includes a serial/parallel adapter and which can print on several parallel printers (for the list, cf the documentation of the software which can be found on UNNA http://www.unna.org/unna/drivers/printer/PrintPack2/).

PrintPack 1 was a cable with the drivers included in it. PrintPack 2 requires the drivers to be on the Newton.

Without the hardware, the PrintPack2 drivers are useless. The serial/parallel adapter includes a processor and was manufactured by GDT Softworks (which later became InfoWave) for Apple. This company also manufactured compatible cables, the pre-V.4.X cables. A regular serial/parallel adapter will certainly not work.

About the GDT Softworks cables, Jon Glass reports:

I do recall there being a discussion that the last version of the GDT Softworks version of the PowerPrint adapter wouldn't work with the Newton. I do know this, the one I have does work with my Epson 900 (Yea!!!).

I'm having trouble trying to decipher what's written on the back, so I'll include all the text:

'Advanced Components & Peripherals P/L
Made in Singapore
P/N: 590-0839 (whatever 'P/N' stands for)
Batch: SPC292

Finally, you you can also print using a PC and Newton PC-Print by Alexander Kunzer: [email protected]

The HP Deskjet 340CBi is battery powered and has a newton-compatible IrDA (NewtonOS 2.1 devices) adapter.

9) Can I use digital cameras with my Newton?

Yes you can. You need Tibet Software. This software is no longer supported, but Russell Tait (the editor of Tibet) gave away some registration codes you can use:

  • 02FDAA084142
  • 02FDAA090E49
  • 02FDAA0A1390

The following digital cameras will work with a MP2k and Tibet software provided that you have the proper serial cable to connect to the Newton (i.e., a serial cable to connect to macintoshes):

  • Agfa ePhoto 307
  • Agfa ePhoto 780
  • Agfa ePhoto 780c *
  • Agfa ePhoto 1280
  • Agfa 1680
  • Fuji
  • Nikon CoolPix 800
  • Nikon CoolPix 900
  • Nikon CoolPix 950
  • Olympus D-300L
  • Olympus D-320L
  • Olympus D-340R
  • Olympus D-360L
  • Olympus D-450Z
  • Olympus Camedia C-400
  • Olympus Camedia C800L (that's what it is called in Europe, the US designation is different)
  • Olympus C-1000 L
  • Epson PhotoPC 700
  • Sanyo VPC-X350

Neal Sofge [email protected] reports:
I have an Agfa ePhoto 780c, which is apparently an updated version of the 780 in an iMac-compatible blue case. It works with Tibet, but only if you 'distract' the camera by sliding the lens cover open and closed while trying to communicate with it. The timing on this is tricky, but you can get good at it after enough practice.

It seems some cameras are compatible with the Fujitsu chipset. (which the Olympus have inside)

The following cameras will not work:

  • QuickTakes
  • Kodaks
  • Connectix QuickCams

Canon cameras were once reported as compatible, but Daniel Padilla [email protected] said they don't. At least his PowerShot 350 doesn't. ( http://www.average.org/digicam/)

Daniel Padilla also reported that to work with Tibet Software, a camera needs to have the Sierra imaging firmware and a serial port. Look at http://www.sierraimaging.com/support/supchimgex.html for a list of supported cameras.

10) Can I use a Click/IBM Microdrive/ATA Flash/Compactflash adapter in my Newton?

Not yet. There is a package to support such hardware being in development. More info can be found here: http://www.kallisys.com/newton/ata/

11) Are there any third-Party accessories that use the Interconnect port on the 2x00 or eMate?

[From Victor Rehorst: [email protected]]

Enfour makes serial cables with an Interconnect port molded onto one end, eliminating the need for a serial dongle: http://www.enfour.com/newton/cables/index.html.

You can build your audio in/out dongle. Details are at http://www.eskimo.com/~millerd/nicadapter/.

12) Can I use an Airport/WaveLan card in my Newton?

Yes. Just like an Ethernet card, you need an OS 2.1 Newton, NIE 2.0 installed, and the appropriate driver. The only available drivers so far is written by Hirochi Noguchi, and is available at:


The driver seems to work with most Lucent WaveLAN cards, and is designed to use a base station. Apple AirPort base stations with software version 1.3 or 2.0 are known to work.

More information is available at:

13) What cable do I need to connect to my desktop computer?

[Partly from Apple's Manual 'About Cables' http://www.unna.org/unna/apple/documentation/misc/AboutCables.pdf]

You can connect to your Newton using either a serial cable or an ethernet card (connection from a 2.1 device to MacOS computers only). Please note that using an Ethernet card means first installing the proper driver.

The MP1x0 devices and the eMate 300 have a Mini-DIN-8 RS232 and LocalTalk compatible port. You can use either a Mini-DIN-8 to Mini-DIN-8 serial cable to connect to an old-world Macintosh (beige), a Mini-DIN-8 to DB25 cable to connect to a DB25 Serial port on a Windows Box or a Mini-DIN-8 to USB via an USB/Serial adapter to a new-world Macintosh. You cannot use IrDA with Apple Software (see section IIIB3c).

The MP2x00 have an Interconnect port. Using a dongle, you can have a RS422/GeoPort/LocalTalk compatible port. You can connect the same cable as with the other Newtons.

See section IIIB3b for the various ways to transfer data to/from your desktop computer, software and hardware.

C) Hardware problems

1) Why does my MP130/MP2000/eMate whine when the backlight is on?

(From Robert Sexton's FAQ) Backlit Newtons use the same technology that is found in indiglo watches. The backlighting uses high voltages, and this requires a transformer which makes the noise. If you listen carefully to an indiglo watch, you will notice the same effect.

Apple published a tech note about it: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=45002

2) Why does my MP120/130 whine?

(From Robert Sexton's FAQ) If you are referring to the sound made by the backlighting (on MP130), see previous question. The humming when the MessagePad operates (More noticeable when the CPU is idle) is caused by a small power transformer. Its a bit annoying, but there is no workaround for it. Some MessagePads are reportedly noisier than others. This affects the MP110-MP130.

Apple published a tech note about it: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=45002

3) What should I do if I have a hardware problem with my Newton?

Apple can still repair Newton devices, for seven years after they announced the discontinuation of the Newton platform. In the US and in Canada, there is a flat fee. It will cost between 175-200 USD and 180 CAD respectively. In the UK, the cost depends on the repair. It will cost around 400 GBP for a motherboard change and around 200 GBP for a screen change (these fees are of course subject to change and were the announced fees in November, 2000).

  • US users: (from Laurent Daudelin)
    To arrange the repair, call 1-800-275-2273 and request technical support. When you talk to someone, tell them you're calling for a Newton. They should arrange to have the Newton repaired. If things don't go as expected, call the Apple Repair Center in Memphis that handles Newton repairs at 800-233-6555. The people that answer the phone are not very cooperative or knowledgeable. They serve as a barrier between you and the actual staff that perform the repair. Insist on talking to a supervisor if you're not pleased with the answers they give you.
    [This is a more recent experience (June, 29th, 2001) from Cliff Penwell]
    You can call the Apple Service Center at 1-800-275-2273, opt 1, opt 5, and tell them what's wrong. (Eventually they sent me to 1-800-320-3728, but I think you have to start at the other number.)
    When I told the service rep what I owned, he told me he had never handled a Newton repair request and didn't think they still did them, but when I gave him the serial number he went and checked with someone and verified that it was an MP2000 and said they still had parts and could do it.
    I got a dispatch number for the repair and called the other number, and they took my credit card info and said I should receive a return box within four days. Total cost is about $194, including shipping, with about a ten-day turnaround.
  • Canada users:
    All information (a full page) is available at Newton Resources: http://www.chuma.org/newton/projects/apple-canada-repair.shtml
  • Europe users:
    Contact ADT/ECPRC, the Apple Repair center: http://www.ecprc.com/

Considering the fee they will ask, you can try the solutions to the frequent hardware problems (IIC6).

4) Why does my Newton wake up at 3 AM?

(From Robert Sexton's FAQ) The Newton wakes up to move your Todos over from yesterday, and do other housekeeping.

5) How long will the backlight last?

(From Robert Sexton's FAQ) [email protected] (Alan Drogin) says, It has a 'half life' conjectured to be in the low thousands of hours. Which translates to at least a couple of years, which also means it doesn't stop working, just gets dimmer, which ultimately means its within the normal limits of planned obsolescence accepted by the high tech world.

One thing I can't give a definitive answer to is the actual half life. I've seen plenty of posts claiming that the half life of the MP130 backlighting is 1600-1700, but no actual proof of source. I've seen claims about the MP2K backlighting at 2000 and even 5000. John Schettino saw some web sites from backlighting manufacturers claiming 15,000-20,000 hour half lives.

Apple published a tech note about it: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?orig=til&artnum=45018

6) Common hardware problems

a) My Newton won't turn on. What should I do?

There are a number of things you can try. Try the following, in increasing order:

  • Put in fresh batteries and plug in the Newton's power adapter. Turn on the machine.
  • With batteries or the power adapter installed, press the reset button. On the original MessagePad, MP100, MP110, MP120, and MP130, the reset button is visible when you remove the battery door. On the MP2000 and MP2100 the reset button is on the underside of the machine.
  • For the original MessagePad, MP100, MP110, MP120, and MP130, replace the backup battery. Put in fresh batteries and plug in the Newton's power adapter. Press the reset button.
  • For the MP2000 and MP2100, press and hold the reset button for over twenty seconds. This is a special reset sequence for these machines.
  • For the original MessagePad, MP100, MP110, MP120, and MP130, with the batteries or power adapter installed, press and hold the reset button down, then press the power switch. Continue to hold the reset button for two more seconds. Release the reset button. A dialog box appears asking 'Do you want to erase data completely?'. Tap on the 'NO' button (you don't want to erase your data!).
  • For the MP2000 and MP2100 only, remove the battery, cards, and power adapter. Let the Newton sit by itself for a few hours. Leave it a whole day or a whole night if you can. You won't lose any data. Then put in fresh alkalines, and plug in the power adapter. Press the reset button. This procedure cures nearly every turning-on problem these models have.
  • If you have an original MessagePad or an MP100, see section IIC6e of this FAQ.
  • For the MP2x00s, Sean Luke reports: one last resort you can try is to crack it open and see if its daughtercard has become unseated from its slot. This happened to me.
  • If your Newton still does not wake up, consider posts to the newsgroups or mailing lists, or consider shipping the unit to Apple.
See also section IIIB2 of the FAQ
b) How can I protect my MessagePad screen?

Try one of these:

  • WriteRights by Concept Kitchen http://www.conceptkitchen.com
  • NuShield Screen Protectors by Mark Ross http://www.nushield.net
  • You can also use a Digital Writer by A.T. Cross to protect the screen against damage in the first place (digital writers are inserts for Cross pens. About $6 each.) Order digital writers from Norma Houle [email protected]
  • The Francophone Newton User Group (GFUN) has a page to explain (in French, of course) how to make your own screen protector: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/dbenet/film.htm
  • James Elliott has evaluated several types of commercially available transparency papers for use as screen protectors. He also offers downloadable templates so you can make your own screen protectors from these materials: http://newted.dyndns.org/users/jelliott/screenprotectors.html
c) How do I turn on the Newton's backlight?

Backlights are included in MP2ks, MP130s and eMate 300. On MP2ks and MP130s, just depress the power switch until the backlight is activated. To switch it off, do the same. On eMate 300, just press the light button. The backlight can also be activitated through software (cf next question).

d) What softwares can be used to turn the backlight on?
  • Softwares that add/have a button:
    • Avi's Backdrop (Avi Drissman) http://www.drissman.com/avi/
    • DashBoard (FiveSpeed) http://www.fivespeed.com/dashboard/index.html
    • BackLight Control http://www.unna.org/unna/utilites/backlight/BacklightControl2.0/
  • Softwares that allows the backlight to be turned on when the Newton is turned on:
    • PowerPrefs (Jim Bailey) (probably to be found on AMUG)
    • Options (SBM) [allows to set time range] http://www.sbm.nu/
    • MoreInfo (Silverware) http://www.silverware.com/
    • Sunrise (Any info?)
    • Silk (Catamount) [probably the most complete one] http://www.catamount.com/Silk.html
    • Lava2 http://www.unna.org/unna/utilites/backlight/Lava2/
  • Other softwares (additional information needed!)
    • Adam Tow's Backlight Plus http://www.tow.com/
e) Why does my MP100 turn itself off as soon as I turn it on?

Old MessagePads (in particular, MP100s) develop power-on problems due to gunk building up inside the power switch which raises its resistance. Sean Luke maintains a web page with workarounds and outright fixes at http://www.cs.umd.edu/users/seanl/newton/

f) The serial port on my MP2000/MP2100 is caved in. What do I do?

The serial port is poorly soldered onto the MP2K motherboard, and eventually it can wear out and cave in. If you are very very good at solder, you might try opening the machine and resoldering the contacts. But it's very difficult, and even proficient solderers won't attempt it. Most likely, your only recourse is to have Apple fix the problem: see section II.C.3

The chief culprit here is the Newton's 'dongle', the small plug which connects to the Newton. The dongle has two bumps on the top and two bumps on the bottom, which help the dongle stay locked in the serial connector, but cause considerable friction and stress on entry and exit. To prevent problems in the future, you might try filing down the bumps on the top.

g) My MP2000/2100 pen input is all messed up. What can I do?
This is a problem known as the 'Jaggies'. The symptoms are: - invalid pen input, ie. you draw something and the Newton displays something totally different - random pen input appearing when you draw or write It can be caused by two things: - Dirt that has collected between the lip of the case and the touchscreen. This can be aggravated by resting your hand on the case while writing, causing the dirt to trigger an unwanted 'tap' on the screen - A warped case that is exerting pressure on the touchscreen, thereby confusing the Newton's calibration - A damaged or oxidized touchscreen connector inside your Newton - A damaged touchscreen If you suspect that dirt is the culprit, you can attempt to clean between the case and the screen: 1) Remove any screen protectors that are installed. 2) Take a thin card (such as a paper business card, nothing thicker than a credit or bank card) and gently insert a corner of it in the gap between the case and the screen. Run the card along all of the edges of the screen - the goal here is to remove any dirt particles that may be wedged between the case and the screen. 3) Using a soft cloth, such as a lens or photographic cleaning cloth (**NOT** tissue paper!) wipe up the dirt that was dislodged. 4) It's probably a good idea to give the screen a nice cleaning now, before reinstalling your screen protector. Or, it's possible that a warped case is the culprit, in which case you can try to de-warp it: http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=newtontalk&m=99928252123070&w=2 If none of this does the trick, then either the touchscreen connector needs cleaning, or the screen must be replaced. Replacing the screen or cleaning the touchscreen should only be attempted by an experienced person, as it required almost complete disassembly of the Newton.

7) How to recondition newton batteries?

You can find detailed instruction at Frank Gruendel's page: http://www.pda-soft.de/hardware.html

8) My Emate screen lid sounds strange, the screen acts strangely.

There is a known design flaw in the emate screen hinge that can cause damage to the flat cable that connects the screen and the main board.
More information about this problem and a solution to prevent it can be found at Joel Sciama's web page:
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