Appletalk Laser Printer


A

Andrea

Hello, I have an AppleTalk printer but I'd like to connect it to my
PC. Is there any way I can do it?
 
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General Schvantzkoph

Hello, I have an AppleTalk printer but I'd like to connect it to my
PC. Is there any way I can do it?
Does it have a parallel port? I'm using an Apple Laserwriter 12/640ps
connected via a parallel port cable. If all your printer has is an
Appletalk connector then your best solution is to throw it out and buy a
new printer.
 
L

Livewire

Does it have a parallel port? I'm using an Apple Laserwriter 12/640ps
connected via a parallel port cable. If all your printer has is an
Appletalk connector then your best solution is to throw it out and buy a
new printer.
Or maybe to eBay it to get a few pounds back.
 
G

General Schvantzkoph

Or maybe to eBay it to get a few pounds back.
Who in his right mind would want an antique printer when you can buy a new
ink jet for less than $100. In fact if you look on Newegg they are selling
a Samsung laser printer for $66.
 
K

kony

Who in his right mind would want an antique printer when you can buy a new
ink jet for less than $100. In fact if you look on Newegg they are selling
a Samsung laser printer for $66.

Who would buy a new piece of gear if they can get the one
they already have working instead of throwing it away?

The samsung lasers are a great deal for B&W text though, in
the long run it doesn't get any cheaper if you refill 'em
with generic toner.
 
G

General Schvantzkoph

Who would buy a new piece of gear if they can get the one
they already have working instead of throwing it away?
If you can get something working without spending a penny on it and it can
do the job thats one thing but the OP was asking about an Appletalk
printer that's so old it doesn't have a parallel port. The final
generation of Apple laser printers like the 12/640ps and the 16/660 had
parallel ports on them and they work fine with PCs. I've got a 12/640ps
which I'm using with Linux (it's postscript so it works great). The
earlier generation Laserwriters were Appletalk or Ethertalk only (the
protocol on Ethernet was Apple proprietary, I've never gotten Linux to
talk to it directly over Ethernet but I admit I haven't tried very hard
because I rather use CUPS). Assuming you can even buy an Appletalk board
for a PC you wouldn't want to do that when for the same money you can buy
a modern printer. If the OP's printer is something other than a
Laserwriter then the only reason to use it would be if you were running a
museum. Could you imagine using a daisy wheel printer in this day and age?
 
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CFran

maybe you can... through a Macintosh emulator such as Basilisk.. ur
supposed to be able to connect by AppleTalk with it's Ethernet driver,
but that's one thing i never managed to do, mostly because i couldnt
even use the Ethernet driver... and i'm sayin this if you want your PC
to tell your Mac to print, but you can't physically plug it to ur PC,
can you?
 

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