Recently I posted a note on the Classic Mac Digest about a Apple prototype Macintosh that I found at a local swap meet. This page provides some background info and pictures of this machine.
There is no visible Apple symbol on the machine, but if you turn it upside down you will find an identification label that clearly shows it is from Apple. This machine is called an "Apple Paladin". Along with the machine was a "users manual". The manual was a plastic ring bound photocopy of a pre-publication Apple User Manual. The manual indicated the machine was properly called "Complete Office".
After dickering with the guy who had the machine, I bought it and dragged it through the swap meet, loaded it into my truck and brought it home. I looked through the manual, searched the web and started to learn a little more about it.
I found two web sites with information on this
It is a pretty neat machine. The concept is a machine that fills all the functions of the individual pieces of equipment typically found in a office.
These web sites indicate that the machine is built around a Duo 230 motherboard, I have looked at the motherboard but am not familiar with what a Duo's motherboard looks like. The ROM chips on the machine have stickers on them indicating that they were Paladin ROMs. The machine does have the same gray scale LCD screen found on a Duo, but instead of the 2.5 inch SCSI drive found in other Apple notebooks, it has a full size SCSI hard drive.
It also has a built in Stylewriter 1200, an Apple scanner, a fax/modem and a telephone handset. It was designed to fax, scan, copy, print and be a phone.
The manual suggests that normal operation is in Complete Office mode, there would be a program (called Complete Office) running that allows the operator to send a fax or scan a document by using buttons on the front of the machine. I did not receive a copy of this software with my machine. The manual indicates that when the operator had a need to write a letter or use a spreadsheet, you just hit another button and the machine drops out of the Complete Office program and goes to the Macintosh desk top and you have a desktop computer.
In addition to the built in aspects of the
machine, it also has the normal Macintosh ports; SCSI, ADB, and
serial but it also has a video port enabling hook up of a color
Right now the machine crashes a lot and I have not spent the time trying to get it fully operational. So far I have the printer working and I am trying to get the scanner as I find time. Modem and phone will be next.
I hope you have enjoyed this information. I welcome comments and questions and hope to provide more pictures and information when I find the time.
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