MessagePad 2000 Update 2.1 Read Me

This document describes the product enhancements included in the system update file named "MessagePad 2000 2.1 (717260)". "System Update 2.1 (717260)" is for Apple MessagePad 2000 customers.
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This version will install over the following system software version for the MessagPad 2000:
  • version 2.1 (717145)
  • version 2.1 (717006)
  • version 2.1 (717041)
  • version 2.1 (717132)
Note: This version of the Newton operating system is on the MessagePad 2100.

Important: Before you install any system update, you should back up your MessagePad 2000 using the Newton Connection Utilities application or a PC storage card (also known as a PCMCIA card). For more information, see the documentation that came with the software or your MessagePad 2000. Apple is not responsible for any lost data.

Adjusting the contrast

You can now recenter the constrast slider by setting a different middle point. This allows you to refine the standard contrast range. For example, the factory preset contrast slider range goes from light gray to dark gray. You might want the contrast range to go from light gray to medium gray; to do this, you'd set the middle point slightly towards the lighter end of the slider.

To recenter the contrast slider, follow these steps:
    1. Tap Extras to open the Extras Drawer.
    2. Tap the contrast slider to move the diamond to the desired middle point.
    3. Double tap the word "Contrast" below the slider.
    4. When the message appears asking if you want to center the slider, tap Yes. The diamond on the slider returns to the middle. The middle point of the contrast slider is now at the desired contrast setting.
Note: After recentering, you may notice a lightening of the screen after lifting the stylus off the contrast slider. Tap the screen again or wait 30 seconds and the screen will adjust back to the desired setting.

In earlier system software versions, the MessagePad may seem to not have enough memory when in fact it does. This problem is fixed.

In earlier system software versions, a printing problem may occur when scrolling through a Newton Book during print preview. This problem is fixed.

You can drop or add fax numbers before faxing a document without getting an error message.

Using PC cards
In earlier system software versions, you might get the message "Battery on card needs to be replaced..." when certain PC cards are inserted. This problem is fixed.
Published Date: Feb 18, 2012