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lenegade
October 26th, 2007, 03:25 PM
I read some where, I think it was in the Geoworks disk, that it is possible to use an imagewriter on the C64.

Also, there was a rumor that some tandy printers can be used as well.

Anybody know of this?

carlsson
October 27th, 2007, 04:26 AM
Does the ImageWriter have a Centronics interface, or RS-232? In any case, you'd need some special interface on the C64 to make it work. There were several Centronics interfaces, some with print buffers and other goodies. Once there, I suppose a wide range of printers can be supported.

dkalley
October 29th, 2007, 08:46 AM
Should be fine. You will need an RS-232 interface on the commodore end, then use an apple 25pin to mini-Din cable.

MikeS
October 29th, 2007, 12:31 PM
Unless you're writing your own software or the software has conversion built in, you'll probably have trouble with PETSCII (CBM's different character set). Commercial printer interfaces (and drivers that used the user port) usually had conversion built in, but most (if not all) of those were for parallel (Centronics-compatible) printers.

lenegade
October 31st, 2007, 01:22 PM
Ok thanks for the replies. I see I have a bunch of stuff to do to get that working, if I even bother, was just curious mostly.

carlsson
October 31st, 2007, 01:43 PM
Any printer that is compatible with the old Epson matrix printer(s) is likely to work with most software, without special drivers.