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Connecting a Mac 512Ke to a non-Apple printer

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    Connecting a Mac 512Ke to a non-Apple printer

    I just acquired a Mac 512Ke, and would like to connect it to the printer on my workbench. But my workbench printer is an IBM/Lexmark, and I forgot that old Macs used a different connection and typlically Apple ImageWriter printers. Is there any way to connect a non-Apple printer to a 68k Mac?

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    Early Macintosh system software only supports the ImageWriter out of the box, so you need the real deal or an emulator. You would need something like the Orange Micro Grappler 9-pin and a properly wired adapter (DB-9 to MiniDIN 8 since the Grappler was made for later Macs). It provides a serial-to-parallel adapter and it converts ImageWriter escape sequences to Epson FX compatible ones on the fly.

    https://generalphiles.com/files/Oran...0Macintosh.pdf

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      #3
      There were also 3rd party drivers for PC printers (Epson, Oki, IBM, HP, etc.) They usually came bundled with a serial-to-parallel cable (or could be used via SCSI or Serial if the printer supported it.) I searched on Macintosh Garden but couldn't find it. I have a couple software packages at home, but I don't recall what they're called. I'd have to hunt around for it.

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        #4
        Unfortunately, the software I have only supports the following:

        Epson FX
        Epson LQ
        NEC Pinwriter
        HP ThinkJet
        Diconix 150 Plus
        Toshiba P351

        I'm fairly certain I have a second set of software that supports additional printers, but it'll take me more time to go through my stuff and find it.

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          #5
          The name of one of the driver packs with the cable is "PowerPrint" by GDT Softworks. Thing is it requires a Mac Plus with 2MB of RAM and System 6. A 512ke is much more limited in what it can run.

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            #6
            Oh, njroadfan is correct. That was the one I was referring to.

            However, I found my second disk, but no cable. It's called "Granny Smith Connection Parallel Print Disk" by Zap Logic Corporation. It's a 400K disk and I think pre-System 6 system files. It has drivers (I think) for:

            Apple DMP
            Apple ImageWriter
            Star PowerType
            Epson MX-100
            Epson FX-80
            Citoh F10
            Brother HR
            Comrex CR
            IBM Quiet
            IBM Wheel
            Juki 6300
            Olympio RO
            Epson RX-80
            Epson RX-100
            Epson MX-80
            Epson FX-100
            Star Gemini
            Qume

            Generally speaking, if you're trying to print to any non-Apple laser printer, so long as it supports PostScript, you can print to it using a generic PostScript driver. However, it's unlikely the printer supports AppleTalk (otherwise it'd also likely have drivers) so you'll also have the issue of getting your Mac onto a TCP/IP network, which will require a network bridge that supports MacIP.

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