[NTLK] A new ROM board

Bertrand LAMBERT bertrand.lambert at wanadoo.fr
Thu Mar 17 02:50:54 PDT 2022

Hi all,

I haven't woken up my messagePad 2100 yet and I still seem to have an eMate 300 in a box but I'm interested in everything you do.
I will also have to resurrect my neurons to get back to it. 
I have an Apple ][e, a 2013 MacBook and a 2021 M1 Max MacBook, all in working order. 
I also need to find the Keyspan adapter so I can connect the Newton to the Macs via USB and get my Wi-Fi card (WaveLAN Turbo Bronze from Lucent Technologies) to work.

Bonjour à tous,
Je n'ai pas encore réveillé mon messagePad 2100 et il me semble avoir encore un eMate 300 dans un carton mais tout ce que vous faites m'intéresse.
Il va falloir aussi que je ressuscite mes neurones pour pouvoir m'y remettre. 
Je dispose d'un Apple ][e, d'un MacBook 2013 et d'un MacBook 2021 M1 Max, tous en état de marche. 
Il faut aussi que je retrouve l'adaptateur Keyspan pour pouvoir connecter le Newton en USB sur les Mac et que je réussisse à faire fonctionner ma carte Wi-Fi (WaveLAN Turbo Bronze de Lucent Technologies).


> Le 16 mars 2022 à 21:58, DXH <dxh at woh.rr.com> a écrit :
> Hi Matthias,
>> By now, I fully tested adding 8MB of additional packages in that first block. With a dedicated programmer, that can be done now. I am writing software that will enable this feature for everyone.
> By this you mean you the programmer functionality would now be on the Newton?
> So, installing a package could progress as normal and load to internal flash or be directed to the Rom Flash?
> How do you envisage the software working?
>> So we know how to address 8+8+16MB=32MB of the card. The hardware interface of the card has an additional address pin, which appears very much like an afterthought. It's not used by the OS, but it is very much addressable by the CPU, so we actually have an additional 32MB of memory available. I am not sure if that can be used easily for anything, but it's there nevertheless.
> Are you able to access it on the Newton with suitable software? As the OS doesn’t see it, perhaps that would be a handy place to park alternate firmware and issue a command ( if possible) to swap in the alternate?
> Also, if you are developing software to let the casual user program the Flash ROM from their device, it kinda obviates the need for an external programmer therefore, I will drop my request for an LCD interface. You have better things to do with your time.
> This project looks to shaping up really well. Excellent work!
> PCBman
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