This is the native system level patch version 711000 for the US MessagePad 2000/2100. The patch contains a fix for the Newton's 2010 problem, as well as the contents of the original 717260 patch. It also corrects an issue with Patch 71J059 where the date was reset to January 1st, 2008 after power loss, reboot or reset.
This patch is only compatible with US MP 2000/2100 models. The patch is not compatible with:
The patch can be applied independent of the OS version or current patch (with the exception of a previously installed patch 710031), i.e. is is possible to install this patch over patch 71J059.
The files in this patch are:
NOTE: THIS PATCH IS PROVIDED WITHOUT WARRANTY. DUE TO THE COMPLEX NATURE OF SYSTEM PATCHES, FAILURE TO INSTALL PROPERLY MAY RENDER THE NEWTON UNUSABLE, RECOVERY REQUIRES A TEMPORARY ROM BOARD SWAP, AND WILL RESULT IN THE LOSS OF ALL DATA ON THE NEWTON!
The patch has however been applied by many people without problems so far.
The patch is installed like any other Newton package, e.g. using NCU, NCX or any other installation tool. After installation, the Newton prompts for a reboot. After the reboot, the Newton OS patch level is updated to 711000.
The installation steps are:
The patch process does not modify or delete any data (such as a brain wipe), and the Newton is ready to be used after the patch was applied.
After the patch has been applied, it is permanently installed (it will stay in place even after a brain wipe), and can only be uninstalled with the Patch Remover.
IF THE NEWTON FAILS TO REBOOT AFTER PATCH INSTALLATION, PLEASE CONTACT email@example.com IMMEDIATELY! The actual patch process is very sensitive and can only be reverted by replacing the ROM board with a board from a German MessagePad 2100 or an eMate.
If the Newton enters an endless alarm loop, it is possible to clear all alarms using the Y2010 Diagnostic application. Alarms have to be re-entered manually afterwards.
Thanks to Jonathan Kipling Knight for the disassembly of patch 717260 which is the basis for all other patches.
Thanks to Paul Guyot for fixing the reset to 2008 problem.
Thanks to the following people for testing: