Troubleshooting NPDS 2.0

The Brute-Force Approach

NPDS Wiper

NPDS WiperDemonsOne of the most common bugs in NPDS is corrupt or incompatible preferences for any of the installed components. This is due in part to the complexity of inter-module communication and in part to my relative inexperience with the NewtonOS. When confusion strikes, the best thing to do is Nuke the prefs entries. Since there are a LOT of installed prefs, I wrote NPDS Wiper to batch-erase all NPDS preferences.

To use NPDS Wiper, tap its icon, then choose "Clear". After a second, you'll be given the option to Reset. You should do allow the Newton to do so. (Choose 'Yes')

WARNING: If you erase the prefs but do not allow the Newton to reboot itself, NPDS will fail horribly if you try to start it up. It REQUIRES its preferences and they won't be re-initialized until all the packages are re-activated by a restart.

Soup Cleaning

Sometimes, the soups that hold NPDS bits and pieces get messed up. Shut everything down and open your Storage folder in the Extras Drawer. You can tap on these two script and delete their entries: NPDS Cache and NPDS Log

More Subtle Approaches

Please refer to this section in the Online Version of the Manual so that you can keep abreast of any new techniques for troubleshooting and optimizing NPDS Performance.

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