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First Terminal Command! Newton and Pismo Agree To Talk!

Wow! Finally!

I finally got my Newton 2100 and my Pismo to communicate. After trying multiple times I finally decided to read the directions. Yep, I had to read directions, step by step. I downloaded the Newton Connection software for OS X, and hooked up my Keyspan USB to Serial adapter, and my Serial Adapter for my Newton and followed the instructions that came with the NCX software.

The only thing I did differently was the terminal command for setting the BaudRate. I set it to 115200 as in the directions then read further that I would then need to install on my Newton a piece of software to up the Newton's BaudRate also. Well, there hangs the problem. Getting it onto the Newton is the issue now isn't it. So, I changed the BaudRate to 9600, which is acceptable to the 2100 settings already, and hit Return. Immediately the grayed out icons became bold, and the communication bar started to move. I'm doing my first backup to my Pismo now and the next step will be to download all the new software! Yippee!

If anyone wants the URL for the Newton Connection Utility for OS X, I think I found it following a RetroMacCast Users webpage link. Here it is: http://homepage.mac.com/simonbell/connection/

Thanks Simon Bell! You Rock!

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Comment by James on December 10, 2008 at 5:29pm
Fantastic! One of these days, I need to dust off a Newton and give it a go.
Comment by Kathryn on December 10, 2008 at 5:50pm
I am amazed that I finally got it to work. I was able to download the package that allows the 115200 connection, and change the default in terminal again. It is now so much faster it zips along. I installed NewtonWorks hoping to use it as a word processor, but it does not accept handwriting. I guess it needs a keyboard for input. Ayi! Back to eBay to track down a keyboard.
If anyone knows how to use a 'Stowaway' keyboard made for a Palm, let me know cuz I have one of those that I'd like to use. I read an article by a man who made his own connector, but I can't find the article now. Found his blog, but not the article.
Comment by Wholly Mindless on December 11, 2008 at 10:39am
Congratulations!

In further news a newton and pismo conspire to take over the world....
Comment by Kathryn on December 11, 2008 at 6:23pm
"Want to play a game?"
Comment by Kathryn on December 11, 2008 at 6:25pm
Oh, I found the man who makes the Stowaway keyboard connectors for the Newton 2*** series. If anyone is interested, I can post his website.

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