View Full Version : PCMCIA compatability for an Emate 300

August 31st, 2009, 06:52 PM
Forgive me if this doesn't qualify as a vintage computer, but I bought an Emate 300 and would like to add extra storage space via a PCMCIA card. I use a lenovo T40 (with a built-in PCMCIA slot :D) as my main computer, so I would like to make sure before I buy one that the card I buy can be read by both computers.

The Emate specs say it will take Type I, II, and III cards with 5v. The Lenovo says it will also take Type I, II, and III, but it won't say what voltage (if the v does mean voltage...?)

The thing that worries me, though, is that if I buy a newer, larger PCMCIA card the software might not work or something else could go wrong with it. The driver is installed... do I need a Newton emulator or do I need to do anything else to view documents on another PC?

Also, how many MB do you think I'd need to have space for a few novels, and maybe some drawings? I plan to use this primarily as a writing computer

Thanks mucho,

August 31st, 2009, 07:33 PM
Newtons can only use Linear flash cards natively(5v 64MB Max). And not all cards are compatible with each model (the eMate being the one with the most difficulty as I recall). There is an ATA driver floating around but its shareware. There was an emulator in the works called Einstein but I don't know what the status of it is.

The Newton architecture doesn't use a filesystem. Basically there is no method for reading Newton cards on PCs that I am aware of (I attempted to do this years ago but never got back to working on it).

A google search for Newton FAQ should render a bunch of information.


August 31st, 2009, 10:43 PM
I could plug in a PCMCIA, use it as a memory card, then upload documents to googledocs through a modem connection, though, right?

August 31st, 2009, 11:06 PM
If you can get your Emate to connect to the internet, then yes. I have had good luck with the Kodak or other camera maker pcmcia adapter cards to use SD and compactflash cards. You may want to try using one of those. I have used them on all of my machines with that slot and they have all worked from laptops to PDAs to actual cameras. Plus they're pretty cheap to get a hold of.


September 1st, 2009, 10:04 AM
I could plug in a PCMCIA, use it as a memory card, then upload documents to googledocs through a modem connection, though, right?

You can use the Newton Connection Utilities to do this also. You should be able to find them available for download on the web. To connect to a PC you will need a DIN to DB9/25 serial cable or an Apple printer cable to connect to a Mac (OS9 and lower only).


September 12th, 2009, 07:24 AM
In case you haven't come across it, the following mailing list is active and covers everything newton-related:


There's also several cd's-worth of newton software available at: