[NTLK] Newton Repair Question

Forrest newtonphoenix at mindspring.com
Mon Apr 30 22:15:21 EDT 2012

You do know that when they "go to sleep and don't wake up"...that sometimes, if you remove the battery and AC power and let it sit for a few days, it will often restart when power is restored? It's weird how that works.

Happy to see that you backed up your data first. I always say, there are two kinds of people in the world: those that have lost data...and those that will.


Sent from my AT&T iPhone 4

On Apr 30, 2012, at 5:27 PM, John Royston <jroyston at gmail.com> wrote:

> Forrest,
> You are probably correct and I did put a little to much faith in the
> Apple adapter as for years I have read horror stories about 3rd party
> ones. I do have a backup a few hours before the incident so I did not
> loose anything as far as data goes. I was hope for the off chance the
> the problem had been seen before and there was a fix for it.
> I was all prepared to send Frank Single Malt Scotch and Wendy's
> burgers but I guess maybe I will end up sending it to him for parts
> and research pile.
> I just hate every time one dies, not that I am a newton slayer but
> this is the second one for me that has died the other one just quietly
> went to sleep and never woke up. It's ROM board was good and it was
> the parts to update this recent victim to a 2100.
> John Royston
> jroyston at gmail.com
> On Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM, Forrest <newtonphoenix at mindspring.com> wrote:
>> There could be unseen damage. I've seen boards where there are one or
>> two visibly burned components, but repairs made to those still didn't
>> result in a fixed unit. Oftentimes there is damage to parts that isn't
>> visible.
>> You need a 220 volt adapter...it might have been a good idea to take
>> one along "just in case". I wouldn't trust my Newton (or any of my
>> devices) to be subjected to a higher voltage, even though it says that
>> it will accept it. It's happened to me, and once was enough. I'm
>> guessing that's now true for you as well. ;)
>> Another good idea would have been to make a backup of your Newton
>> before trying the 220 outlet. Again, just being more safe than sorry.
>> Sorry for what might seem to be kicking you while you are down...I'm
>> only trying to be of help, not be preachy or take an "I told you so"
>> attitude.
>> Once when I was traveling the plastic clip that held my shoulder strap
>> of my laptop bag broke as I was entering my hotel...my Titanium
>> PowerBook inside hit the concrete parking lot. I rushed inside with a
>> sick feeling and powered it up...it turned out that the screen was
>> intact and okay. The left front corner was what hit, and it cracked
>> the case pretty bad, and there was a very small dent on the corner of
>> the clamshell/display lid. I got the bright idea: that shouldn't be a
>> problem, I'll get some slipjoint pliers and gently squeeze it to
>> straighten it out.
>> I heard a crack...guess what happened? That's right, I cracked the
>> display. There was now a small one inch ribbon of display running down
>> the left side, the rest of it was black.
>> I was sick. I sat in the chair in my hotel room for almost an hour,
>> not moving. It was a very stupid thing to do ... I should have thought
>> it through more carefully.
>> Since then I'm always trying to think ahead...can I put this (iPad,
>> iPhone, etc.) here? Will it get knocked off and be subjected to
>> damage? I don't know that you can ever be too careful.
>> Thanks.
>> --Forrest
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