[NTLK] Cry for help! My Lady Newton is ill. Very, VERY ill.

Chris Parana chrisparana at mac.com
Tue Dec 4 19:46:03 EST 2018


Can your describe the switch “hesitation” a bit more? This may be a simple mechanical problem with the switch itself.


> On Nov 13, 2018, at 9:05 PM, lordgroundhog at gmail.com wrote:
> 
> I’m not really sure what happened, so I’ll describe the symptoms.  The “patient” is my MP2000U.  
> 
> For about a little over a week, I noticed that the on/off switch would “hesitate” when I would turn Newt on or off, and stopped operating the backlight altogether.  On Thursday morning, I pushed the switch.  Nothing.  A lot of pushing, a lot of nothing.  The batteries were only 3 days old but I figured I’d try fresh ones anyway, just in case.  Nothing.  Plugged it into the mains.  More nothing.  (BTW, I only own and use genuine Newton adaptors.  I’d give Newti filet steak and poutine if she wanted it, but she’s never asked.)  
> 
> Unplugged Newt and removed the batteries, and left her overnight.  Friday, tried again.  Nothing.  Every kind of nothing.  I've now repeated that over the weekend.  Lots more nothing.  
> 
> What, if anything, can I do?  I’ll admit it and save everyone the trouble of telling me what an idiot I’ve been:   I’ve been careless about backing her up because she’s been so reliable, and there is nothing currently in existence or on the horizon that I can see replacing her.  Also, if I need a genuine excuse, I started having trouble getting a connection to work through my Keyspan and NCX, somewhere around OSX 10.5 or 10.6.  I never did figure out how to get it working again as I upgraded OSX.  
> 
> My life revolves around Lady Newton, from work to recreation.  I do my planning and my social life in Dates and Names, and my listening, thinking, and dreaming in Notes, all augmented by jaw-droppingly wonderful software from Silverware and Five Speed Software and a few other goodies.  That’s in addition to all my working life being scheduled on Newt.  
> 
> Now I’m stranded.  Work and non-work alike are in limbo, all because of a switch.  I used to be able to switch to a backup MP2100 but I gave it to someone who was in trouble because of an accident with their own, and it isn’t possible to borrow it back now even if that were appropriate.  I know I have some important work meetings coming up as the year draws to a close, but I don’t have all the details I need because I can’t turn on Newti.  
> 
> That’s everything I can think of that might be diagnostically relevant.  Feel free to ask questions, make suggestions, and so on.  I don’t deny I’m going through something like withdrawal and grieving, rolled into one, but it’s also a practical problem that at my age, the grey cells aren’t anything like as reliable as the green circuits.  
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> Thanks in advance.  
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> 
> Shalom, 
> 
> Christian 
> 
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