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Apple Macintosh 128 computer

The Macintosh 128 computer is a beige coloured plastic desktop unit containing a 9" monochrome monitor, a single 8 x 10" motherboard, the power supply and a 3.5" disk drive mechanism. The four-layer motherboard, in the bottom of the case, includes an 8mHz 68000 processor, 128K RAM, 64K ROM, clock/calendar chip and several proprietary VLSI chips. At the rear of the unit are interface connectors for the mouse, a printer port [RS232 connector], modem [RS422], sound output and external disk drive. The interface connection for the keyboard is at the front. There is a small clip on hatch that reveals a space for a 4.5 volt direct current cell at the rear. The system cannot be expanded internally except for the RAM being replaced by 256K chips, providing 512K RAM. The power supply is mounted vertically on the left side of the case and the system has been designed to operate without a cooling fan. The screen displays a 512 x 342-bit mapped screen, using square pixels, that is almost identical to the Lisa screen. The disk drive is a variable-speed, single-sided, 3.5" Sony drive offering 420K of formatted storage. Three more drives can be daisy-chained from the drive extension connector.

The Apple "ImageWriter" dot matrix printer has components of clear and beige plastic. It houses an electro mechanical printing mechanism and uses tractor fed continuous concertina form paper.

The Apple QWERTY alpha-numeric keyboard is beige coloured plastic with brown keys and an apple logo on the left side.

The Apple mouse is a beige rectangular unit and has one brown button on the top and a free ranging roller ball in its base. There is a solid wired cable that exits from the rear of the unit, is approximately 700mm long and finishes in a 9 pin D plug for connection to the 128 computer.

The External disk drive is a squarish beige plastic unit that houses a 3.5' inch disk drive mechanism. There is a solid wired cable at the rear of the unit that connects to the 128 computer.

The four cables are:

1) domestic power plug to Macintosh 128

2) domestic power plug to ImageWriter printer

3) connection cable for the keyboard to 128 (coil telephone type cable)

4) connection cable for printer to 128 (with 9 pin D plug to 25 pin D plug)


The mouse pad is a black rubber mat with a blue fabric covering on one side.

The printer paper is continuous concertina folded plain paper with outer strips that are perforated to fit the tractor feed mechanism of the Apple Image writer printer, in a white cardboard box.
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