[NTLK] Help with forgotten pin and, separately, resurrecting an upgraded MP2000

Forrest Buffenmyer newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Mon Aug 1 03:04:24 PDT 2022

Hi Brian,

I am interrupting my own lurking to try and help you and your situation.

As for your “dead” Newton—the one the batteries exploded, as I think you put it:

Don’t give up. I am notoriously stubborn on abandoning “lost causes”. But you are likely going to have to perform some surgery.

By now you should be familiar with Franks’ excellent website, http://www.pda-soft.de . Here you will find complete instructions on how to disassemble your Newton. Once apart you will be better able to determine how severe the damage is.

Likely you’ll have to get your hands on a parts Newton which you will cannibalize for those parts. With any luck and some nominal skill you’ll have resurrected it.

I’ve had batteries similarly corrode, and I can tell you that nearly all of the time the only real damage is to the internals of the battery compartment. Still—YMMV.

Good luck and please keep us updated!


Sent from my iPad Pro 9.7"

> On Jul 31, 2022, at 6:12 PM, Brian Mikol <nospam at sffogworks.com> wrote:
> Hi Grant,
> Thanks for the follow-up and apologies for the delay in response. 
> To answer your question, no, I haven’t been able to get around this issue with Battering Ram. I was going to try putting it on a different card to see if that might make a difference as I’m completely at a loss at what else I can do. Unfortunately life has gotten in the way of things, as it’s wont to do - I’m hoping I’ll have an update in a few weeks’ time. 
> I take it by the crickets from all corners of the list that my original Newton is a goner?
> Thanks,
> Brian
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