AlphaSmart 3000!

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Okt 2, 2007 - 09 25

Hi,

I've got a used AlphaSmart 3000 coming in the mail as I write this, & I'm pumped! I used to carry a binder around everywhere filled with scrap paper when I was (a lot) younger. But now, my handwriting is sllllllowwww and my typing fast!

Guy
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Okt 2, 2007 - 19 17

Need advice on my AS3K. I replaced the internal battery and it's still not working. Anything else I should try before giving up on it completely?

Thanks.

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Okt 3, 2007 - 04 33

Yaaay mine came a couple of weeks ago, it's awesome!

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Okt 3, 2007 - 04 56

My AS3K has seen me through three NaNos (this is the fourth) and countless pagesof non-NaNo writing, and it's still on its original set of batteries! Clearly, calling it Gimli was a good choice. :D

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Okt 3, 2007 - 11 27

This will be my third year on my Alphasmart 3000. It's name is Deep Blue. The screen broke a little though, and theres a funny black spot that is slowly spreading.

Is this the end to my trusty Deep Blue?!?!?

I really dont want to get a new Alphasmart, the new ones have too many features. I like the 3000 because it has nothing else on it but the text. Does the Neo have any applications on it or just a text editor like the 3000?

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Okt 3, 2007 - 13 55

The Neo is pretty much 3000 + a bunch of other little things. It's primarily a word processor.
Your 3000 does have support for little extra stuff too (hit the Applets key and you'll probably find a calculator applet there in adition to Alphaword.)

I wouldn't worry about getting a Neo on that basis - just don't get a Dana. It's like an alphasmart combined with a PDA creating some ungodly, expensive, monochrome baby-laptop. Shudder.

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Okt 4, 2007 - 10 59

I'm not sure what the problem is, but you can go to their website and find their support information. Start here: http://www.alphasmart.com/support/faq_as3000.html.

Guy

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The problem with knowing what the tracking number is on your UPS package is that nothing can stop you from checking, checking, checking the progress of said package. Which I have been doing since Monday. And now...now the UPS site says that's it's been delivered. The other problem with knowing the tracking number is knowing that your package has been delivered, and you're at the office where you can't get it! Arrrrgh!

But it's official: I own an Alphasmart 3000!

Guy

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Okt 4, 2007 - 13 18

That's good to know. I thought the difference between the Neo and the Dana was the wireless capabilities. Now I can replace my 3000 if the screen get's worse.

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Okt 4, 2007 - 13 18

The internal battery as in the coin battery? Try cleaning the battery contacts.

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Okt 4, 2007 - 14 51

Aren't they great? This will be my second NaNo with my AlphaSmart, which I haven't given a name (do you recommend it? I might call it Manny after Manny Ramirez). I bought it as a Christmas present to myself a month after my first NaNo victory--waiting for the computer to free up was just taking too long! So much easier to write offline and then upload. :D

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Okt 5, 2007 - 09 34

I don't have a name for mine yet, but it sounds like fun.

My keys are a little sticky yet from being a used machine, but I am cleaning them & that is working well.

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Okt 6, 2007 - 04 30

*jumps aboard*

One summer's babysitting money plus eBay - I never stood a chance. I didn't fancy all the bells and whistles on the later models and I'm as in love as the rest of you with the good ol' 3000. Only been using it for a few months though and my typing isn't fantastic, I've been weaning myself off handwriting. Hopefully it'll be OK.

Now I'm on digital storage I'm paranoid about back up, I'm hunting down a memory stick and a lanyard to keep my novel on! Ooh, they should sell those in the NaNo store with the logo on and some funny slogan . . . sidetrack alert.

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Okt 6, 2007 - 20 30

My daughter password protected my alphasmart to keep her brother out of the files. Anyone know how to override it? I don't know where my applet disks are so I really don't want to reboot it.... :)Thanks, Kim

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Okt 10, 2007 - 03 59

I highly recommend naming all one's electronics. It helpsgive them a sense of loyalty, and stops them from crapping out too often, and when they do, you at least have a name to yell at them by. :D

My AS is called Gimli. All my electronics are named after LotR characters, and the AS is small and sturdy, and is a companion to my PC, which is called Legolas, so the choice there was obvious. :D

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Okt 12, 2007 - 19 50

Cleaning the battery contacts didn't work. I have emailed support, but thought I would see if you have any other suggestions. I know I could simply get a Neo, but I hate giving up on this if I don't have to.

Thanks!

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Okt 13, 2007 - 06 04

There's a user group here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/alphasmart/

They may have some suggestions for you.

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Okt 13, 2007 - 17 25

fizbam9 mentioned a cracked screen and the need to replace the machine. A few years ago I stepped on my screen (it was the middle of the night, it was dark, it was raining, I had to close a window--and I still can't believe I did it). It gives a nice heel print. I called AlphaSmart and they replaced the screen. The cost was reasonable (and a lot cheaper than a new machine), the service was quick, and the AlphaSmart is still clicking away today. I think I had to change the batteries since then.

So don't give up on Big Blue.

-- Joe

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Okt 13, 2007 - 17 53

Ferretgames said:
I wouldn't worry about getting a Neo on that basis - just don't get a Dana. It's like an alphasmart combined with a PDA creating some ungodly, expensive, monochrome baby-laptop. Shudder.

Hey, don't knock the Dana. Despite its shortcomings, the Dana has helped the development of the AlphaSmart line of products. Some users do find its other functions useful - some have likened it to the Tandy 100 from the 80s.

And it did lend its gorgeous design to the AlphaSmart Neo.

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Okt 16, 2007 - 07 58

It's official, I got advice from AlphaSmart support, and my poor little machine is dead. I apparently wore its on/off button out. Now I need to decide whether to take the leap and buy a Neo to replace it.

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Okt 16, 2007 - 08 30

chet-a-box said:
Hey, don't knock the Dana. Despite its shortcomings, the Dana has helped the development of the AlphaSmart line of products. Some users do find its other functions useful - some have likened it to the Tandy 100 from the 80s.

And it did lend its gorgeous design to the AlphaSmart Neo.

Useful, but when compared with competing products you can't deny that it's horribly over priced. Alphasmart 3000/Neo are different because they're so simple, they do just want we need. The things that the Dana attempts to achieve can be done with a cheap PDA and way more besides.

The only thing it really has over them is a full sized keyboard and the sturdyness, but for the functionality it really doesn't make a lot of sense.
Oh and the fact that you've compared it to 25 year old product is pretty much proving the unneeded expense.

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Okt 17, 2007 - 12 03

Awwww, AS 3000!!! I love mine. I got it for my first NaNo because I was going to be traveling (week 1 was spent on trains and in hotels) and I've hardly used anything else since. Reasons I love my AlphaSmart:

1. No charging, no cords. In 4 years I've replaced the batteries once, mostly so I could feel like I was doing something to get ready for NaNo.

2. It fits nicely in my bag, and is light enough that I can carry it with me EVERYWHERE. Much of my novel writing gets done in parking lots and waiting rooms.

3. Four line screen means re-reading is not an option. Take that, internal editor!

4. Good conversation piece. People are constantly stopping to gawk at it in cafes. :)

Mine doesn't have a name, though! It needs a name! My characters don't have names either, so I guess it's in good company. :-/

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Okt 17, 2007 - 13 11

I did a 50k challenge in June on my 3000, it just rocks.
Anyone else giggle at the laptop people who are tethered to walls, while we can just wander around with ours?
I am so glad I didnt get a laptop, talk about distractions, who knew Solitare could be fun!
So now when I sit down to write, I use my 3000 and loads more done, my typing speed is up and I found I wrote 200 words more an hour then if I was using my desktop computer as I wasnt checking the wordcount every minute.
So doing NaNO this year I think I shall be flying by.
Write ins this year will be sweet as last year I had to hand write and then type it up.
As for WiFi, hehe who needs it. I can type my little fingers off and still have room for more.
Battery life is no huge deal either plus if they do die I can just run into walmart and buy a few new ones.
3000 users of the world unite! and giggle at the laptop people. :)

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Okt 17, 2007 - 14 30

Help! I have a AS3000, works great filling up files but...can't down load my data, the Y cable hasn't a slim fitting to go into my USB port on my computer. If I use the round end in the mouse socket (the only one that fits, )I can't open a word document.
Plus even when I try to SEND nothing happens, nothing goes into the main computer. Gettin worried aboutnot having my As3000 working for Nov1.

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Okt 17, 2007 - 17 25

I think you need one of these:

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Okt 18, 2007 - 01 28

The PCY cable that goes into the PS/2 only seems to work if you fork it with another keyboard.

However, the connector on the Alphasmart 3000, I found out last night, works just fine with a basic USB A-B connector. Pretty much every high-powered USB device has one.

For instance, at home I have one in my printer, one in my MIDI keyboard and one in my audio interface. They're really easy to pick up at any PC shop.

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Okt 18, 2007 - 02 52

Thanks , I'm not the most confortable around tec things so a pic helps, I'll go to the local computer shop and see if he has one is stock. Saved my Life. Hugs X

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Okt 18, 2007 - 05 51

That pic is most certainly not what you want. That picture is of a simple PS/2 > USB convertor, and the PC/Y cable still wont play nice.

You need something like

See how the square like plug would fit into the Alphasmart (the little plugmarked "computer" in the top right of your Alphasmart), and the thin rectangular one would go into any computers USB port.

When plugged in the Alphasmart says "Enabling USB keyboard" or something to that extent, and then you can use it like a keyboard, the send key works perfectly as expected.

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Okt 18, 2007 - 06 08

My apologies. The picture I posted is for an adapter that should work with the AlphaSmart 2000, not 3000. It's so long since I used a 3000 that I forgot it can actually plug directly using a regular USB cable.

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Okt 18, 2007 - 08 05

Thanks that saved me some problems : ).

Much later * does Scooby Dance* It lLIVES, my beloved Alpha is sucking up data and spewing (in a nice way!) it onto the blank document page. Joy : D
Thanks, extra cookies and milk shakes all around.

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Okt 18, 2007 - 08 46

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