[NTLK] Getting back in - some E-Mate questions

Stephen Pereira stephen.m.pereira.sr at gmail.com
Thu Feb 10 09:51:52 PST 2022

Good afternoon, folks,

Long ago, I had a Newton 110, and of course it is long gone.  Recently I came across a good deal on a lightly used E-Mate 300 that was used in a school system.  I had to do a hard reset to get it back into full E-Mate mode, and it appears to be working - almost completely.

It operates sluggishly, as I remember with the old 110, but that’s to be expected.  I got Newton Backup Utility working on a Dell Mini laptop PC, and I can make a good connection to the E-Mate via a few adapters.  When I select the Backup process, either from the PC side or from the E-Mate side, I get a response that the backup failed because the computer’s disk is full.  When I try from the PC side, the error message comes up on the PC, and when I try from the E-Mate side, the error message comes up on the E-Mate.

So, is there some other setting in an E-Mate that was used in a school that would block the Newton Backup Utility from being able to perform a backup?

Moving on, I have also tried to use a PCMCIA card.  First, I have a memory card that shows up on the E-Mate when plugged in with the message that this type of card is not supported and will be available only as read-only.  The interesting thing is that there is a previous Newton backup on the card from February 2006, and the E-Mate asks me if I want to restore from it.  The card does have a write-protect switch, but it appears to make no difference which position it is in.  The card always comes up as unsupported and read-only.  So, far, I have not yet attempted to perform the restore, so I don’t know if it would be successful.

I also purchased a PCMCIA adapter card for Compact Flash cards.  I have two Compact Flash cards, one is 64MB and the other is 4MB.  The PCMCIA Adapter Card initially came up with error messages, and I have been able to install the ATA Support 1.0 package via my Newton Backup Utilities on the PC.  That has both of the Compact Flash cards working in the PCMCIA adapter - almost completely.  I can read and write to the Compact Flash cards, and I can partition them if I wish.  I thought that I remember hearing that the E-Mate may only recognize up to 4MB, but it sees the 64MB CF card as 66MB.  It allows a partition of 4MB, plus a second partition for all the rest, so I tried that.

Now for the part that is not completely working.  Using either of my CF cards, if I try to perform a backup onto the CF card, I receive a blank dialog box with nothing to do but make it go away.  Frustrating!  Again, is there some setting or jumper somewhere that I am missing in order to allow my E-Mate to perform a backup?

Thanks very much for listening.  I hope that you folks can get me moving in a good direction with the E-Mate.

Oh, and one more question.  I’m hoping to install a terminal emulator package to play around as a terminal on my other vintage computers.  I have installed PT-100 from the Archives, but the 5 minute cripple is not ideal.  Can anyone suggest a good basic terminal emulator?  I don’t really need anything fancy, as this is just playing around, but I would like more than 5 minutes at a time!

Thanks again.  I apologize for my baby beginner questions!

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Stephen Pereira
Bedford, NH  03110

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