Re: [NTLK] Where can I find simple step-by-step instructions

From: Dennis B. Swaney <>
Date: Sun Sep 28 2008 - 15:27:50 EDT

Marcus Daniel wrote:
> I found that the best Serial to USB adapters (PC Serial to USB) are
> those with Prolific chipsets in them. Prolific offers a current Mac OS
> X driver and I got all my newtons to work with it (inclusive and up to
> the last 10.5.5). You can find a generic driver that might work with
> many unspecified adapters on sourceforge, sorry dont have the link at
> hand.

 From what I've heard, the Keyspan USA-28X and related models are the
best out there

> One problem you might have is the settings for your Serial speed.
> Remember to set it in 3 locations to the SAME settings. Experimenting
> I have found the most consistent performance with 57600 settings. Set
> this here:
> - Newton side dock/contact panel

Done except that there isn't a 57600 setting. Besides just plain Serial
I have Serial 2400, Serial 4800, Serial 9600

> - Mac side: the app you will be using, NCX etc, within that app

No speed settings just port numbers

> - Mac side: System Preferences>Network>there should be a new entry for
> your USB-Serial Adapter cable connection. Under advanced it should
> already have a Null-modem connecton set to the same speed, if not
> adjust it.

No "Advanced" but clicking on the port takes me to the configuration
window and then clicking on the Modem tab allows me to select one of
four Null Modems

> PS: if you use a Prolific chipset adapter (those generic no name ones
> are often prolific, ask the seller), make sure to remove all drivers
> that are not for it, from the system. Under Mac OS X the prolifc
> driver will even alert you to remove them.

I think I'll have to discard NCX, as it won't quit even if I use Force
Quit. Only by restarting the computer can I get it shutdown.

Dennis B. Swaney
"Windows is a command-line OS with a GUI shell while Mac System 10 is 
... oh, never mind."
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