Printer help

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Printer help

Postby jibanes » April 12th, 2019, 1:41 pm

I'm considering buying a printer, would you know if a OKI Microline 390 ( https://www.oki.com/us/printing/product ... index.html ) would work?

It has a parallel port by default; and optional serial port described as:
IEEE1284-1994 Bi-directional Parallel, USB 2.0 (Full Speed), (Optional) 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T, (Optional) RS-232C (25pin)

Thank you for looking into this.
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Re: Printer help

Postby toml_12953 » April 12th, 2019, 8:59 pm

jibanes wrote:I'm considering buying a printer, would you know if a OKI Microline 390 ( https://www.oki.com/us/printing/product ... index.html ) would work?

It has a parallel port by default; and optional serial port described as:
IEEE1284-1994 Bi-directional Parallel, USB 2.0 (Full Speed), (Optional) 100BASE-TX/10BASE-T, (Optional) RS-232C (25pin)

Thank you for looking into this.


To use it with the Clone, it must include the serial port and that's the port you'd have to use. The Clone uses a serial port and makes Altair software think it's writing to a parallel port. The process is transparent to the user. I have an Oki with the serial port and it works fine.

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