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Resurrected from the dead - Apple Newton MessagePad 120 - A flood story

Hey everyone,
I got one hell of a tale for all of you. Back on September 4th Ida came through the Northeast. Where I live had 4 inches of ran per hour for about 2 hours during the storm. Our house flooded like we have never seen. My stepfather lived in our area for 50 years and never seen flooding like what we got. Final totals of rain were 10 inches or so. 

This flood happened fast. We knew it was coming, but it didn't make it easier to get all the things we needed from our raised first level. By 10:30pm sept 3rd water in the first level. By 11, there was 5 feet. By midnight, the water was 8 feet deep
through the first story.

Here is a photo of me and the line above my head was how deep the water was. 

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Below shows the power of the water.

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And the mess in our first story (raised structure).


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This was the front of my house at about 1030-11pm at night. 

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In all of this mess we lost a lot of things but also managed to salvage some stuff. 

One of the things we managed to salvage was my stepdad's old Newton MessagePad 120 PDA. This thing was caked in mud. I opened it, there was rust and corrosion in various parts. Under the board was bad. 

After some minor soldering, complete disassembly, cleaning of some IPA a scrub brush and replacing some batteries (there were none when all of this happened. I have a working newton. Which is amazing. 

For something almost 30 years old, it is amazing it even survived. 
 

Be sure to @Pickles - Lord of the Jar if you want me to see your reply!

Stopping by to praise the all mighty jar Lord pickles... * drinks from a chalice of holy pickle juice and tossed dill over shoulder* ~ @WarDance
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Here is the PDA working. This thing was under 8 feet of water for 18 hours at least. Luckily, the coin cell battery in it had long gone bad and there were not other batteries in the device. 

I didn't take more photos of me restoring it. I am just amazed the damn thing works. It sat in a box for 20 years. 

Electronics with no power and have water exposure are surprisingly resilient. 

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Be sure to @Pickles - Lord of the Jar if you want me to see your reply!

Stopping by to praise the all mighty jar Lord pickles... * drinks from a chalice of holy pickle juice and tossed dill over shoulder* ~ @WarDance
3600x | NH-D15 Chromax Black | 32GB 3200MHz | ASUS KO RTX 3070 UnderVolted and UnderClocked | Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite | Seasonic X760w | Phanteks Evolv X | 500GB WD_Black SN750 | Sandisk Skyhawk 3.84TB SSD | 4TB HDD 

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Very sorry to hear about your house. 

However, the fact that the Newton survived is incredible! I have a similar story my dad told me. I was very young, but our whole city flooded while we were out of town and couldn't get back for days. Came back to find the basement under 2 ft of stagnant water that had been there for almost a week. Under the water was quite a lot of papers, etc, a VCR and a 2 week old PowerBook G4 Titanium. Water had gotten inside but the battery was luckily fully discharged. Apparently (can't confirm) but a person at a repair shop said there was rust on the board and he was amazed it powered on at all. The laptop still works to this day despite running very hot/loud, battery doesn't hold a charge and it shuts off after about 2 hours of operation. 

Is it plugged in? Is it turned on? Are you sure? No, really. 

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Main PC:

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HP z620 workstation, 2x Xeon e5-2690 v0, EVGA GTX 980 SC, 8x4gb DDR3-1333, 2x 2tb HDD, 1tb boot SATA SSD, Windows 10 Pro

Linux system:

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ProDesk 600 g1 SFF, i5-4590, Quadro k620, 2x4gb DDR3-1333, 64gb boot SSD, 250gb storage HDD from the ewaste pile with many bad sectors, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

XP system:

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Compaq DC7600 SFF, Pentium 4 HT 631, MSI GT 210 passive, 2x512m DDR2-667, 80gb Spinmaster HDD

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(currently has a Core 2 Quad Q9550 and 4x2gb DDR2-800 but I change its config frequently)

 

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