This is the native system level patch version 74J185for the german MesagePad 2100. The patch contains a fix for the Newton's 2010 problem.
This patch is only compatible with german MessagePad 2100 models. The patch is not compatible with: * Fix2010: This fix changes some of the same time functions, and needs to be removed as well (see below). Fix2010 is not necessary anymore after patch 74J185 has been installed.
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 71J059.
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.
After a soft reset (via the reset button, or a reset utility), the Newton will lose the current date and reset the date to 1.1.2008.