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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.

motorola_marco_1.jpg

motorola_marco_2.jpg

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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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Would you be so kind to scan the manual. It is ring bound so scanning it should be easier than a spine bound book. If you manage to scan at 300ppi please upload it to the internet archive. Your consideration is appreciated.

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9 hours ago, jsmartinson said:

How can I get a battery? I have everything else including the elusive users guide. Neither battery works.

Howdy! :)

 

Nice rig! I've never seen the battery dock before.

Yes, please scan that manual if you can!

 

As far as the battery, I'm afraid they would have to be rebuilt using new cells. (NiCD)

That would require carefully cracking open the battery case and soldering in new cells.

I have not tried this with my batteries.

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6 hours ago, jsmartinson said:

I took photos of the Marco User's Guide and posted them here for download.

Thank you VERY much for taking the time to put this together. I will do what I can to improve the manual, straightening pages and the like and get this on the internet archive (archive.org). Thanks again and good luck with the sale. 

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I've already converted the images to TIFF but each one has to be straightened one by one. Does anyone know the old site for the Motorola Marco, I can scrape the waybackmachine if I have some sites. Maybe it's on the manual, I will need to check but feel free to post the old site address here in case.

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ok, I am not going to restrict the download to file types and I will go to 2003. I will report back with anything relevant. If the manual is there in PDF, I will move it to the internet archive straight away. I am doing the entire domain mot.com. 100,000+ files coming down but that's ok, whatever is irrelevant will get trashed and I will do a more narrow download after the fact.

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35 minutes ago, Alex said:

ok, I am not going to restrict the download to file types and I will go to 2003. I will report back with anything relevant. If the manual is there in PDF, I will move it to the internet archive straight away. I am doing the entire domain mot.com. 100,000+ files coming down but that's ok, whatever is irrelevant will get trashed and I will do a more narrow download after the fact.

Long before 2003 the Marco was dead, buried, and forgotten by Motorola.

I mean, good luck but..

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Some hope looms. Using spotlight yields 20 html files so far here is one … hope no one minds the verbatim content. By the way, if you skim through the text you will find all sorts of references to ARDIS, IBM and other companies and products, all of which I will likely go through and scrape in a more organized way using some regex to extract particular files such as (pdf|hqx|sit|dd|pkg|abs|bin|sea|cpt|dmg|txt)

 

 

Motorola Launches the Personal Messenger[tm] 100D Wireless Modem Card in the United States

Industry¹s First Wide-Area, Two-Way PCMCIA Type II Single-Unit Wireless Modem Card ‹ Available for ARDIS Nationwide Wireless Communications Network ‹

 

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - July 18, 1995 - In its continued commitment to drive the growth of the wireless data market worldwide, Motorola's Wireless Data Group today announced the commercial availability of the Personal Messenger® 100D wide-area, two-way PCMCIA Type II single-unit wireless modem card in the United States.

The Personal Messenger modem card is an easy-to-use, compact and lightweight wireless modem card that inserts into the PCMCIA Type II or Type III slot of many popular portable computing devices and personal digital assistants (PDAs). It provides users of wireless-enabled applications the ability to stay in touch with their business environment, manage business from remote locations, communicate at their convenience and stay ahead of their competition by responding to market demands.

The Personal Messenger 100D modem card is designed for use on the ARDIS nationwide wireless data communications network, which is based on Motorola DataTAC[tm] 4000 wireless packet-data communications system technology. Using the Personal Messenger 100D modem card, mobile users can send/receive e-mail from their office network or the Internet, send faxes and access corporate data bases.

 

Today, the Personal Messenger 100D modem card is bundled with wireless software from RadioMail. Other wireless applications, such as ARDIS PersonalMessaging, IBM's ARTour and Motorola's AirMobile® Wireless Software for cc:Mail, are available separately.

"Motorola is committed to delivering reliable, portable wireless data communications solutions worldwide. By partnering with the leading public data network carriers, third-party application developers and computer manufacturers, Motorola is working with all key players to contribute to this industry's growth," said Randy Battat, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the Wireless Data Group. "Motorola continues to pioneer the development of the most comprehensive line of wireless communications solutions on the market today. We expect the Personal Messenger 100D wireless modem card to be one of the most widely used wireless data communications tools in the United States and abroad."

 

The Personal Messenger 100D modem card uses standard 9-volt alkaline, rechargeable NiCad or lithium batteries for self-powered operation; therefore, the modem card does not shorten the battery life of the computing device. Depending on the user's application, the modem card can continue to receive and store messages even when it is not connected to the computing device. With this feature, users will not miss important information. The Personal Messenger modem card also features a built-in lithium battery for memory back-up.

ARDIS Wireless Data Network

 

The Personal Messenger 100D modem card currently runs on the ARDIS network, the world's leading wireless data communications network. The ARDIS network provides dual 4.8/19.2 kbps operation for the Personal Messenger 100D modem card. ARDIS provides on-street, in-vehicle and in-building coverage to 90 percent of the business activities in the United States. This includes 400 metropolitan areas including 10,700 cities and towns.

"Devices such as the Personal Messenger are essential to the rapid evolution of wireless data markets," said Frank Wapole, president and CEO of ARDIS. "We believe Motorola is a company that will continue to develop new modems to provide application developers and users with economically-priced, reliable data communications tools."

Product Features

 

The Personal Messenger 100D modem card's ergonomic design offers users a lightweight, shirt-pocket sized device. Specifications include:

  Weight: 5.43 ounces including battery   On/Off Switch   Size: Height at card end 0.2 inches;   Self-powered by either a 9-volt battery end 1.18 inches, 2.14 inches wide alkaline, rechargeable NiCad or lithium and 5.75 inches long battery   Three status LED indicators   Lithium battery for memory back-up   High gain flip-up antenna (included in device)

The Personal Messenger 100D modem card currently operates for up to 3 hours on a 9-volt alkaline battery or 1.5 hours on a NiCad rechargeable battery. A lithium battery is included in the product for memory back-up. With either battery, the device can operate connected to the computing device or in the stand-alone mode. A lithium rechargeable battery can also be used to power the Personal Messenger 100D modem card. Using the PowerSave® feature, not currently available, the Personal Messenger card will have an operating battery life 4­5 times longer than today. ARDIS and Motorola will provide upgrades to existing customers once the PowerSave feature is available in Q1 1996.

"The Personal Messenger modem card is designed specifically for people on the move who need to keep in constant contact with the office or home base, and those who rely on third-party information services to carry out their work," said Bob Molnar, vice president and general manager of Motorola Wireless Data Group's Wireless Modems Division. "It is ideal for workers in the field who need to keep up with customer calls and leads, and for professionals who need instant access to competitive information, data bases and information services."

 

"Wireless technology has become an essential part of the role mobile communications plays in an organization. It can give users true freedom for ongoing communications," said Andrew Seybold, editor-in-chief, Outlook on Communications and Computing. "Motorola continues to move in the right direction by delivering new types of wireless products which further enhance this communications' mobility."

 

Computer Platform Compatibility

 

Motorola continues to partner with the world's leading computer and PDA manufacturers to develop first-class wireless technology solutions. The Personal Messenger 100D modem card is compatible with leading PCMCIA Type II-and III-equipped laptop and palmtop computers and PDAs from Apple, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba, running PCMCIA release 2.1 or higher.

 

"By teaming with Motorola we match our no-compromise, dependable notebook offering with best-in-class wireless communications. Now Dell Latitude XP users can get connected while staying mobile," said John Medica, vice president, Portable Computing, Dell. "Battery life, ease-of-use and communications are key concerns for users. Our relationship with Motorola ensures that Dell users can take advantage of technologies such as the Personal Messenger wireless card that address these areas as soon as they hit the street."

 

Wireless Applications Support

 

Wireless applications for messaging, faxing, electronic mail and scheduling are available from many of today's leading software application providers. Some applications available for the Personal Messenger 100D modem card include:

 

  AirMobile Wireless® Software for cc:Mail

 

With the Personal Messenger 100D modem card, Motorola's AirMobile Wireless Software for cc:Mail for Windows lets users access their LAN-based electronic mail server. While away from their offices, users can wirelessly work with their desktop electronic mail without having to be at their desks. Benefits include the same simple menu-driven interface, cost-effective airtime services, single mailbox convenience, message filtering agents and security.

 

  ARDIS PersonalMessaging

 

ARDIS PersonalMessaging is a messaging application for Apple Newton, Hewlett-Packard, DOS, Macintosh and Magic Cap platforms that provides peer-to-peer wireless message exchange on the ARDIS network as well as access to paging and fax gateways. It provides cost-effective and reliable communications to workgroups who may not require or want Internet access.

 

  ARTour from IBM

 

ARTour is a wireless middleware client/server product that provides true TCP/IP wireless connectivity. ARTour enables users to wirelessly connect to data bases and access important, timely information as if they were working from their desktop computer.

 

  RadioMail

 

RadioMail, bundled with the Personal Messenger 100D modem card, connects users to anyone communicating on the Internet or via public e-mail services such as America Online, CompuServe or Prodigy. In addition to wireless connection and access to many of today's top information services, RadioMail provides wireless fax and paging services for the Personal Messenger 100D modem card.

 

Pricing and Distribution

 

The street price of the Personal Messenger 100D modem card is expected to be in the $700­$750 range. Prices for peripheral devices, such as wireless modem cards, are set by the channel, and Motorola envisions a wide range of services with different pricing structures.

Motorola's strategy is to work closely with resellers, distributors, VARs, systems integrators and specialty retailers that are interested in providing users with the highest-quality wireless solutions and support. Some of the initial dealers are:

 

  Manchester Equipment, New York, NY

  Oakbrook Computer Center, Chicago, IL

  Totally Wireless, San Jose, CA

 

For general information on Motorola's wireless solutions and other Personal Messenger 100D modem card dealer locations, users can call (800) 894-7353.

Service and Support

 

The Personal Messenger 100D modem card is supported by the dealers as well as Motorola's Help Desk. On-line support is also available through integrated connections to ARDIS, RadioMail and the Help Desk of Motorola. Product information is available at the Motorola WDG Internet World Wide Web site (http://www.mot.com/wdg/).

Motorola Wireless Data Group

 

The Wireless Data Group is part of Motorola's Messaging, Information and Media Sector and incorporates the company's business activities involved with the design, manufacturing and distribution of wireless data products, infrastructure equipment and systems for worldwide markets. Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced systems and services. Sales in 1994 were $22.2 billion.

Motorola is a registered trademark, and AirMobile, DataTAC and Personal Messenger are trademarks of Motorola, Inc. Other names of companies and products may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies.

 

For more information please contact:

Cheryl Beck-Ruff

 

Motorola

 

708-576-7150

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Alex said:

When was the Newton dropped?

Dropped by whom?

Jobs killed the Newton at Apple in 1997.

Moto introduced the Marco in early '95 and I would be surprised if they were actually sold for more than a year.

The Marco runs Ver. 1.3 of the Newton OS and Moto made no effort to move beyond that.

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Just a quick update, the Marco manual didn't come down leaving me to wonder if there ever was a PDF version of it on their site or if it was simply missed by the waybackmachine's spider or if was behind a robots.txt file. I have no way of knowing. Lots of other things came down … and other files ending with .bin.

 

A few appear to be too small to really contain anything. I should move them to my Mac OS 9 machine and decompress them all to know for certain.

 

53 folders whose name contains Marco came down - there could be duplicates.

 

I peaked inside one of them, it shows an FTP directory over http:

Index of /pub/MIMS/WDG/Marco

 Name                    Last modified       Size  Description

Parent Directory 13-Jul-1999 12:31 -

README.TXT 26-Oct-1999 18:32 1k

RADIOCHK.ZIP 26-Oct-1999 18:32 15k

RADIOCHK.SIT 26-Oct-1999 18:32 16k

MU102A.ZIP 26-Oct-1999 18:32 6k

MU102A.SIT 26-Oct-1999 18:32 8k

MARCODK.SIT 26-Oct-1999 18:32 178k

FAXUPD10.ZIP 26-Oct-1999 18:32 8k

FAXUPD10.SIT 26-Oct-1999 18:32 9k

FAXUPD10.PKG 26-Oct-1999 18:32 19k

 

I'm going to run another download on this material using a different method so that links are localized because at the moment links are broken. I will sort this and upload it on my Mac Garden repo for everyone to enjoy and discover.

 

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