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The Franklin Ace 1000 Computer

Manufacturer Franklin Computer Corporation
Model Ace 1000
Date Announced 1982
Date Canceled 1984
Number Produced Unknown
Country of Origin USA
Price $1,100 base
Current Value $10-$200
Processor MOS/Commodore 6502
Speed 1 MHz
ROM Unknown
Storage Cassette Tape, 5.25" disk drive
Expansion 8 Apple compatible slots
Bus Apple ][ compatible
Video Up to 280x192x16 color composite or TV out
I/O Serial, Parallel
OS Options Apple DOS, CP/M with Z80 card
Notes The Franklin Ace line were clones of the Apple ][+ that were nearly 100% compatible. Unfortunately this compatibility cost Franklin. In the end, Apple successfully sued them for patent infringement. They were able to continue after this lawsuit but by then Apple ][ compatibility was no longer an issue.
Related Items in Collection Franklin Ace 1200 Computer, Ace 1200 2-drive enclosure (mounts on case). Apple II Plus, Apple IIe Platinum and others
Related Items Wanted Franklin drives, Franklin monitor, manuals, software, etc.

Back when Apple still believed in open architecture and still licensed other companies to make Apple compatible products, a company called Franklin offered a line of Apple ][ Plus compatible machines.

The Ace 1200 cover on the Ace 1000 machine

The Franklin in my collection is an Ace 1000. I also have a Franklin 1200 and a Franklin 1200 case top which includes two floppy drives for this machine. I do not have any original Franklin software, but this computer runs all of the Apple ][ software I have.

The Franklin Ace 1000 Manual

I recently acquired a Franklin Ace 1000 users manual to accompany this system.

I would like to thank Steven Stengel for his kind and generous donation of this Franklin system.

(Submitted November 4, 2010 13:37:18 by Ken D'Ambrosio)

Actually, *not* patent infringement. That, they almost certainly could have gotten away with -- look and feel suits wouldn't happen for several years yet. Instead, it was copyright infringement; they outright stole the Apple BIOS code, including -- bad move -- the copyright notice, itself. Apparently (as per Wikipedia, which knows all) it was the first time a BIOS was proven to be copyright protected.

(Submitted January 27, 2010 17:21:21 by Eric Nanneman)

I so desperately wish I didn't throw away my Ace 1000+! I actually still have the owner's manual. It cracks me up! It's filled with such gems as: Backup. Backup. Backup. To fail to do so is folly.

(Submitted November 29, 2008 19:18:03 by Marc Villanova)

My first real computer. I remember playing MECC's Speedway Math on these things in kindergarten. I remember when we scrapped this, someone told me the person who took the Franklins took them because of the gold connectors inside. The Franklins were replaced by Laser 128's Anyone remember those?

(Submitted August 13, 2008 23:47:28 by Peter Petroff)

This was my first computer. When i was a child, in the second grade the LosAngeles School District pulled me out of an inner city school to attend Brentwood computer math and science school. When i came home from my first day. there it was in all its glory! I loved it. Wver the next few months, i got a printer and card (pr#1) then i also got the 80 line resolution card (pr#5?!?!) another drive bay so i had a and b drives and a 640k expansion card. I still have this computer to this day.

(Submitted December 9, 2007 18:33:56 by Byron Kroeger)

The Franklin Ace 1000 was my first computer. I spent many hours playing Load Runner, Hard Hat Mac, and Dig Dug. I learned BASIC programming, word processing and a basic love of computers. The owners’ manual is the funniest computer book I have ever read. I was helping my mother clean out her house this fall and I came across my old Franklin. I just could not get my self to throw it away. I put it off for 3 week, came down to the last day when we had to leave and just couldn’t do it. I stuffed it in my truck and hauled it to my wife’s mom’s house. I was very surprised that even though I had not booted it up in 15 years and I will never have a good use for it, the sentimental attachment was so strong.

(Submitted September 4, 2007 16:54:51 by Bob Applegate)

There are LOTS of internal jokes in the user manual.

The geeky computer salesman is a real person who owned a local store we visited a lot.

The engineering building was called The Cave because it had a long hallway with no windows. There's a picture of Ben standing outside the cave.

The kid with the Frankenstein computer is me. I wore Converse sneakers to work back then; look at the star on the side of his sneaker.

Before hiring Sal Manetta for Publications, we had another candidate who wrote a paper titled The Territorial Imperatives of the Trumpeter Swan. Sal liked it and worked it into the manual.

Lots of other jokes are in there!

(Submitted September 3, 2007 18:18:17 by Bob Applegate)

I worked as a software engineer at Franklin from early 1982 until mid 1984, then as a contractor for several years after that. I worked on the firmware on several of the Franklin I/O cards, and also on developing some of the non-infringing disk utilities.

My ACE-100 and ACE-1000s from my desk are still in the basement, along with a decent collection of Franklin stuff I had collected over the years.

If anyone is trying to get rid of Franklin Computer products, please let me know and I might be able to find a home for them.

(Submitted February 10, 2007 11:05:00 by Brent Thayne)

Sorry that should be Franklin PC 80000

(Submitted February 10, 2007 10:45:46 by Brent Thayne)

I would also like to find a Franklin PC 1000.

(Submitted February 10, 2007 10:36:54 by Brent Thayne)

I am interested in purchasing a Franklin Ace 1000. I am a collector and this was my first computer.

(Submitted February 4, 2007 11:52:24 by Jan)

I have a Franklin 1000 computer with manuals, two floppy disk drive machines, amber monitor. Have many games for this computer. Is anyone interested in the above and also what is the value of these computers??? Thanks.

(Submitted November 2, 2006 14:11:59 by David)

I have the same computer and don't know what to do with it. Do you know if it has any value?

(Submitted October 5, 2006 14:30:11 by Phil Milmoe)

I did get rid of my Ace many years ago but my aging grey cells do remember that I was able to use all those many Apple II books to dig into the DOS as well as the builtin ROM code. I was hard- pressed to find any differences.

(Submitted June 6, 2006 02:22:33 by (a href=mailto:)computer nerd(/a))

Mark P, don't forget the original Castle Wolfenstein. With speech! Achtung! Haus pass!

(Submitted May 19, 2006 22:51:48 by robert)

hey there any not out date comp that any might not want try get a game comp for ever but little out price rang.

(Submitted February 20, 2006 15:56:25 by Mark P)

This computer was the greatest (if you were a teen gamer like me)! Just looking at it gives me great memories--Miner 2049er, Lode Runner, The Bilestoad, Planetfall, Choplifter and (drumroll) Wizardy! This computer was a member of our family.

(Submitted January 28, 2006 20:48:07 by Roy)

Did you know that the Franklin Co. got sued many times for copying apple's patent?

(Submitted December 12, 2005 15:33:51 by Martie)

We have a Franklin ACE 1000 Plus computer complete with 12 monitor and tractor feed printer for sale. Please email me with offers. Please put Attn: Martie in the subject line

(Submitted November 11, 2005 15:09:43 by Greta)

I just pulled my old Franklin Ace 1000 out of storage and booted it up. I still have all the original manuals and software. I only found one floppy so far that hasn't worked. My 8 year old daughter thinks it's loads of fun! She has a modern computer in her room and wants to play on the Franklin.

(Submitted October 25, 2005 07:33:23 by Corienne)

My parents have a complete Franklin Ace 1000 system they want to get rid of...anyone out there want more info please contact me

(Submitted September 21, 2005 23:15:40 by (a href=mailto:ratbagusaatcoxdotnet)maashu(/a))

This was my first computer. I had an uncle who was an engineer for Ford. He was very smart. One of the MASSIVE mistakes he made was to hard-sell my folks on this piece of crud. In the days when ProDos was the hottest thing going on the IIe, having a II+ clone just didn't quite cut it. Ahhh, memories.

(Submitted July 20, 2005 08:45:46 by James Pierce)

Submitted July 20, 2005 08:43:51 by James Pierce) I have a complete Franklin Ace 1000 set in cluding monitor-amber, an a star 10x dot matrix printer, and a 5.25 floppy drive, and all of the manuals that I would like to get rid of cheaply send email to of those willing to have all that I have of this computer

(Submitted July 20, 2005 08:43:51 by James Pierce)

I have a complete Franklin Ace 1000 set in cluding monitor-amber, an a star 10x dot matrix printer, and a 5.25 floppy drive, and all of the manuals that I would like to get rid of cheaply

(Submitted February 7, 2005 10:03:46 by (a href=mailto:none)Angie(/a))

This is a cool comptuer!!!!!!!!!!Even thought I can not afford one I love this computers

(Submitted January 26, 2005 17:40:18 by DaChelle Gordillo)

I recently viewed your web page, searching for other owners of Franklin Computer Inc. products. I have , installed in my new rental home, a top of the line home security system made by Franklin Computers Inc. If you have any info on my system i would greatly appreciate some insight as to all of its features and equiptment.

Thank You, DaChelle Gordillo

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