Suggestions for a System Printer - DEC

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  1. Suggestions for a System Printer

    Hi Folks,

    Assuming I ever get my Alpha 4100 running, I'm thinking about having a
    system printer hooked up to LPT1 (?).

    I remember the old LA120s with a bit of fondness, and indeed I see 2 of
    them (as I type) on eBay for $50. I seem to recall, though, that those
    suckers took round, messy ink spools (which may hard to come by these
    days). And, more moving parts means more stuff to break. Finally, I've
    seen DECWRITER IIIs and DECWRITER 95s and all kinds of other stuff with
    different ink-cartridges. I really don't know if you can easily get
    parts/ink-cartridges for those things anymore.

    So, I'd appreciate your thoughts on what make/model might make a good
    system printer. Being able to input (i.e. having a keyboard) is nice,
    but I don't think it is necessary. I guess I'd like something that I
    could send system-status information as-needed. No core dumps or batch
    reports or anything.

    I'm going to have a network-printer on house-network, so this (system)
    printer won't be the only hard-copy device.

    Just interested in y'all's thoughts,
    Chuck


  2. Re: Suggestions for a System Printer

    In message <1132359040.786911.69350@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.c om>
    "Schnootling" wrote:

    > Hi Folks,
    >
    > Assuming I ever get my Alpha 4100 running, I'm thinking about having a
    > system printer hooked up to LPT1 (?).
    >
    > I remember the old LA120s with a bit of fondness, and indeed I see 2 of
    > them (as I type) on eBay for $50. I seem to recall, though, that those
    > suckers took round, messy ink spools (which may hard to come by these
    > days). And, more moving parts means more stuff to break. Finally, I've
    > seen DECWRITER IIIs and DECWRITER 95s and all kinds of other stuff with
    > different ink-cartridges. I really don't know if you can easily get
    > parts/ink-cartridges for those things anymore.


    If you have the space, my choice would be the LA120.

    The others as far as I know have specialised cartridges, which will become
    hard to get at some stage. The LA120 has open reel ribbon, which is a little
    messier to handle, but means if you can find ANY ribbon of the right width,
    you can wind it on the spools.

    I kept a 1928 typewriter going by that means.

    The LA120s were built to last. We had them as console printers on a busy
    cluster, printing heavily every day for years with never a problem other
    than running out of paper.

    >
    > So, I'd appreciate your thoughts on what make/model might make a good
    > system printer. Being able to input (i.e. having a keyboard) is nice,
    > but I don't think it is necessary. I guess I'd like something that I
    > could send system-status information as-needed. No core dumps or batch
    > reports or anything.
    >
    > I'm going to have a network-printer on house-network, so this (system)
    > printer won't be the only hard-copy device.
    >
    > Just interested in y'all's thoughts,
    > Chuck
    >


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    Alan Adams
    alan.adams@orchard-way.freeserve.co.uk
    http://www.nckc.org.uk/

  3. Re: Suggestions for a System Printer

    Schnootling wrote:
    >
    > Hi Folks,
    >
    > Assuming I ever get my Alpha 4100 running, I'm thinking about having a
    > system printer hooked up to LPT1 (?).
    >
    > I remember the old LA120s with a bit of fondness, and indeed I see 2 of
    > them (as I type) on eBay for $50. I seem to recall, though, that those
    > suckers took round, messy ink spools (which may hard to come by these
    > days). And, more moving parts means more stuff to break. Finally, I've
    > seen DECWRITER IIIs and DECWRITER 95s and all kinds of other stuff with
    > different ink-cartridges. I really don't know if you can easily get
    > parts/ink-cartridges for those things anymore.
    >
    > So, I'd appreciate your thoughts on what make/model might make a good
    > system printer. Being able to input (i.e. having a keyboard) is nice,
    > but I don't think it is necessary. I guess I'd like something that I
    > could send system-status information as-needed. No core dumps or batch
    > reports or anything.
    >
    > I'm going to have a network-printer on house-network, so this (system)
    > printer won't be the only hard-copy device.
    >
    > Just interested in y'all's thoughts,
    > Chuck


    Depending how much you want to print, HP's DeskJet 500 has both parallel
    and serial connections. The cartridges are still available. It can be
    hard-set to always print in landscape, or you can set up a DEVCTL
    library to supply appropriate codes for forms you define.

    I agree with another poster: LA120 is a work-horse, and if you can live
    with the mess, you should be able to get "u-wind" ribbons of appropriate
    width as long as you have two good spools.

    Then again, pharmacies and many other places are still using Smoky-Data
    (Okidata) dot-matrix printers, and likely will be for a fair time to
    come.

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