I see you have one of those new dot matrix printers. Not much to them. Interface, paper feed, carriage moter and print head. For a real challange try working on a Teletype, 95% mechanical and one moter runs everything.
75 baud flat out. Those Telex machines were amazing we used to have tins of paper punched tape. You fed them into the tape reader leave for few hours and come back to a picture of a Saturn 5 or Eifel Tower made up of letters, cool then. I don't think I am in contact with any of the old teleprinter repair men any more I'll ask at work. I'll let you know. Any body still got any other early stuff still working?
I just wanted to let you guys know that you can still find replacement parts out there for some of the old stuff. I had to replace the sound chip in my 64 last year. I just did a web search and there it was.
The only thing I haven't been able to find in a printer interface card (PIC) for my Epson Home Writer 10 that will alow me to uses it with my PC. It still works great with my C64 though.
His problem is that the Epson did not come witha standard parallel interface so it won't connect to a PC. If you are looking for parts a good place is EBAY under Vintage computers. Lots of C64 and other things always being sold there. If you are looking for repair advice on old printers etc. try the news group alt.folklore.computers
WARNING If your product is not at least 15 years old do not post to this group. It deals with OLD stuff back to mainframes ETC.
Yes the printer works great with my C64. The printer cable is different from the one on my PC. instead of a serial cable it uses something called a (PIC) Printer interface card. It has a round plug that connects to the computer and a card at the other end (about twice the size of a credit card) that plugs into a slot on the back of the printer.
I'll take a pic of the printer and post back tomorrow.
Well the picture isnt clear enough at this end to be sure,
but i would say that 'round plug' is what we call a DIN
plug in England.
DIN plugs were, and still are mostly for use on audio stuff.
Mainly tape recorders, but they crop up on lots of things.
I would imagine that your Commodore could use a tape cassette
to record stuff, they usually use a Minature Jack plug or a
Sub-minature Jack plug for the connection to the tape machine
and a DIN plug like that one to connect to the computer.
Many years ago someone told me about a printer which would
print out a printed page from a cassette recorder. This
puzzled me for many years and i couldnt find out more about
it. No one seemed to know of such an arrangement.
I am now wondering if you send the printers signals to the
tape cassette instead of the printer, would you hear them on
Would the printer operate from the tape cassette ?
The little box on the lead which goes into the printer
could be to convert serial from the C64 into parallel
for the printer. But im only guessing.
Personal computers from around that time were starting to fit
separate ports just for printers, but not all manufacturers
were doing this.
Maybe Epson offered this add-on as an option. Ive never seen
one before, maybe it would run a printer from a cassette ?
My C64 came with a tape drive but the connection was a little different though. The plug was indead round but it has more pins in it.
I never used the tape drive though. I always used two 5 1/2 " floppy drives that were hooked up with the same cable used for the tape drive. All you had to do was hook the two drives up in seires and use one for the program you were running and the other to save your work to. You could also load programs from either drive, it all depended on what you typed to load the program. For example if you typed "LOAD (*),8,1" the computer would load from the frist drive in the seires and if you tryped "LOAD (*),9,1" it would load from the second drive.
As far as the printer cable goes I'll just have to contact EPSON and see what they have to say. I'll also check with E-Bay and see what's there. I know EPSON made a printer interface card for the IBM compatables of the time.
By the way, I bought my C64 in 1989. It was used and I got tons of programs and game, two disk drives, two joy sticks for games, a tape drive, a small color TV to use as a monitor, and printer all for $200.00. I had to replace the sound chip in it though and that was very hard to find. It all still works like new to this day and I still use it from time to time to play a few games on.
In the early PC days of computing the home machines did not use standard serial or parallel interfaces like they do today because there were no set standards, I had an epson hooked up to an ATARII 800 something like the above DIN interface. When I hooked the printer up to an IBM compatable PC I had to buy a different interface that was installed into the printer in order to use it. You were able to buy different interfaces from epson way back then. I kind of doubt if these are still for sale from epson anymore which is why I suggested Ebay. You can probably pick up an entire used printer there for the cost of a new interface.
I checked out E-Bay with no luck. I also did a web search for Epson printer interface Carts and the only one I came up with was one for an Epson Homewriter 10 to hook up to an ATARII 800. Nothing for an IBM compatable PC.
One of these days, about the time our PCs are fully voice activated and controlled, I'll be in a flee market somewhere and run across one.
Yes the Epson Homewriter 10 can be set up under win98 the same way as win95. Even the drivers that come with win98 can be used. Standard Epson Dot Matrix.
Like you said the only problem is coming up with the proper cable or in this case it's called an interface.
I have in the past made up cables for such units.
The printer end may be single sided edge connections
at one tenth of an inch spacing.
That used to be fairly common.
I have used Veroboard for this at a pinch
usually while waiting for the proper connector
to turn up. Veroboard can be bought in one tenth of an
Sometimes an old or broken P'n'P card can be cut to
size for it.
You would have to get suitable wire and a fitting for the
Printer port. All in all its fairly easy with the right stuff.
If you're not very good at soldering, then get some
practice in first, if its a plastic base, you have to be
quick cos the plastic softens if you take too long
then it goes all out of shape.
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