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ACE 1200

Like the ACE 1000 from wich it kept all its features, the Franklin ACE 1200 was completely compatible with the Apple II+.

It was equipped from factory line with a Z80 board, a floppy disk controller board, a 80 columns board and a serial / parallel board that gave it the ability to also run all the software for the CP/M operating system.

The box lid plugged the two floppy drives and the keyboard had typematic and lower case ability. The serial / parallel board experienced some compatibility flaws as printers connected to them weren't automaticaly recognized by Apple II management software.

Franklin machines ran FDOS - Franklin DOS, which was compatible with DOS 3 from Apple, but had a lot of cool features such as built-in RAM disk, disk caching, loadable device drivers, shortened commands, support for hard drives, etc.

In september 1983, Franklin lost a trial against Apple for counterfeiting ROM software from the Apple II and II+. Moreover the Apple IIe, launched a few time later with 2 special keys allowed to distinguish between true Apple and compatible machines. However, Franklin still produced Apple II and PC compatible computers (ACE-500, ACE-2000) for about two years before devoting them to pocket translators.

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I have a Franklin 1200 and it can put out color its not a monochrome system (the 1000 might have been) although the monitor that came with it is. It however has no graphical capability of its own.

Monday 8th July 2019
Aaron (USA)

i owned the franklin 1200 plus computer back in the day 1984 I paid $1000.00 for the computer part and the monitor and it came with software..

The computer was built like a tank. But, I remember it i as very hard to find a modem for the computer since. mine did not have a serial card at the time. I mostly used apple 2 software on my computer..

Wednesday 26th September 2007
Randy Fisher (USA)


NAME  ACE 1200
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1983
KEYBOARD  Full Stroke 71 keys
CPU  6502
SPEED  1.022 mHz
RAM  64 KB
ROM  16 KB
TEXT MODES  40 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  40 x 48 / 208 x 160 / 280 x 192
COLORS  monochrome
SOUND  1 voice - built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT  46 (W) x 50 (D) x 20.5 (H) cm.
I/O PORTS  Joystick, composite video, 8 Apple II compatible slots
BUILT IN MEDIA  1 or 2 integrated 5.25 160 KB F.D. drives
OS  Apple II DOS (DOS-1) and CP/M
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in switching power supply unit
PERIPHERALS  Apple II extensions
PRICE  system+monitor = $1000.00 (1984, USA)

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