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Motorola Marco now working!

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My Newton clone lives again!

Well, I spoke too soon when I replied in to the Newton documentary thread when I said my Marco didn't work.

My problem was lack of patience...

Long story not-so-short, about 15 years ago I was given this Marco. It came with no power supply, nothing except the Marco carrying case.

At the time I tried a regular Newton PS but that didn't work and since I had no documentation and couldn't find any info about the Marco specs, it's

been in the box with the rest of the Newton stuff.

 

So recently when I got out my Newton stuff I thought I'd give the Marco another shot.

After doing some googling I found possibly the only detailed reference to the Motorola Marco on the web and I finally found the information about the Marco PS.

(Bless you Newtman!)

So I googled the Motorola PN and lo and behold there is exactly one Marco power supply for sale on ebay for a very reasonable price!

So I get the power supply, new backup battery, and Marco still no boot. Darn. Oh well.

 

Flash forward a few weeks to today and after I posted about the Marco I thought I'd give it another shot.

After about 10 mins on the charger and a hard reset I get the chime and Marco is alive!

The problem was the first time I tried the PS I didn't give the Marco any time to charge the (long) dead battery.

Anyway, the red & green lights are Marco searching in vain for the long gone ARDIS network.

(The dark line on the screen is from the camera shutter sync)

Anyway, :)

 

Oh, and I found the battery pack for my Messagepad too.

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On 2/25/2018 at 9:59 PM, MOS8_030 said:

I found possibly the only detailed reference to the Motorola Marco on the web

Share the link please. I have one of these lovely devices and a manual would be nice to have.

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Hi MOS8_030,

 

I have Marco, but I can't boot it up. I don't have original power adapter, but I have original dock for charging battery. I just used 12V 900mA 3rd party charger, but I still can't boot Marco. When I use this power adapter with dock, the red light blinking. I'm not sure what it is mean. Any suggestions what I could try to bott this device? How did you manage to make 'hard reset'?

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On 5/9/2019 at 9:44 AM, AppleNewtonFan said:

Hi MOS8_030,

 

I have Marco, but I can't boot it up. I don't have original power adapter, but I have original dock for charging battery. I just used 12V 900mA 3rd party charger, but I still can't boot Marco. When I use this power adapter with dock, the red light blinking. I'm not sure what it is mean. Any suggestions what I could try to boot this device? How did you manage to make 'hard reset'?

Howdy! Sorry for the late reply, I just saw your post.

Here's where the reset button is located.

http://newton.plumbrook.com/marco/device/dtour/page13.html

Also you should replace the LI battery. It's located under the Motorola logo on the back. (The logo is a cover that twists to release.)

The red light on the dock is probably indicating it's trying to charge or that the battery is bad.

I would try "charging" your bad battery for a while then connect the battery and the power supply to the Marco and try a reset to see it if it boots.

I have two batteries and only one will work with my Marco, the other is completely dead. The Marco needs a battery that will take *some* small bit of charge.

Getting replacement cells for the battery pack would be easy, opening the case not so much...

Maybe someday the user manual for the Marco will get uploaded to the internet.

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