Currently Being ModeratedFeb 11, 2013 3:17 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
I was really hoping to have just a few comments here. If anyone has any thoughts on this please reply.
11 February 2013
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 3:10 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
I sure would appreciate a reply or any comments here. Thank you very much.
14 February 2013
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Your not being ignored its just that you have a situation that is outside the normal. As we're all just users here only someone who has or has had a similar setup and happens by here is likely to be able to help.
A call has gone out alerting folk to this post, so hopefully someone who has dealt with this before will see it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
Thanks so much for your post Frank. And I know I'm not being ignored and I realize this is a very very special situation. This printer goes back to 1997 and probably some of the readers were hardly out of school then. I just keep things a long time and in fact speaking of the 90s my wife & I go dancing at a place where if you get there early like 9 PM they start with music from the 90s — The 1890s. It's a great place.
Back to this issue I think I really just have to be able to somehow reset the printer to 0.0.0.0 for the ethernet identification. I'll collect as much information as I can as well as cables and adapters and connectors and then try to get the G4–733 booted up in system 9.2.2 and try to connect again. Then maybe I can advance to the PowerBook G4 PowerPC and hopefully eventually to the MacBook Pro Intel running Mountain Lion.
14 February 2013
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 3:16 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Have you seen this Apple LaserWriter 12/640PS Manual ?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
A lot of the technologies that the LaserWriter uses for communication (AppleTalk, LocalTalk, etc.,) are just flat-out gone from OS X. They were removed as "legacy cruft" as they're nonstandard and at some point, after 15+ years, it's worth removing code to simplify things and make them more stable.
I think it's going to be a real challenge. I wish we could help, but honestly buying a new Brother laser printer and donating the other one to charity would be orders of magnitude faster, better, and probably cheaper in the long run.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 12:52 AM (in response to Frank Caggiano)
I have the original manual but of course since it was written in 1996 it does not help too much with USB other means of connecting that we have.
It's going to be a fun project and I should learn a lot about connectivity by doing this.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 16, 2013 12:55 AM (in response to William Lloyd)
This is really more of a technical challenge than an absolute necessity to have. I haven't had use of the printer for a year now and I'm doing fine without it but it would be great to see if I can get it to connect and to to work.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Actually Stephen it's easy
But you need a Mac running classic and the Apple Laserwriter Utility (OS9 app)
This app can be used to give the printer a networkname, ip adres, etc.
In OSX you make a LP printer using the ip adres and the PPD of the 12/640
and of you go. I have one still running here in a network with OS 10.5, 10.6 en 10.7
Guess it works with 10.8 too
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2013 4:46 PM (in response to JBVeenstra)
JB—hello. I have an Apple Personal LaserWriter 320 that ran on Appletalk with my 2004 eMac PowerPC with Tiger 10.4.11, which also has OS 9, and it's still producing sharp copies after about 12,000 copies. Do you think I can apply what you said to my iMac with OS 10.8? Thanks, Morty S.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2013 8:14 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Sorry I'm so late to the party...
If I were you, I'd buy a parallel print server. They're cheap on eBay, and they make your LaserWriter into a "standard" network printer.
I use one of these:
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2013 8:34 PM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Somehow I missed this topic as well. For that printer, you would attract more attention in another area (this one).
You have a number of options along the lines of what greg sahli suggested. I do not have that exact model LaserWriter, but I have successfully used a wired print server, a wireless print server, and a USB to parallel cable adapter to print from current production Macs to a similar model LaserWriter. All three options worked effortlessly. As long as yours is a PostScript printer, which it is, it should work.
See this post for details and options: Laserwriter Pro 630, Mountain Lion, and Macbook ProMacBooks iMacs iPads AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion, 28 years Apple!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 2:27 AM (in response to greg sahli)
So I cannot just use a "USB to Parallel cable adapter"? I need the Print Server as well?
(The reason I cannot use ethernet now is that the Printer got kinda frozen with the wrong ISP number or something and even with my PowerPC G4-733 I cannot seem to reset it to 0.0.0.0 and then assign it a number…
But direct printing ONLY from my MacBook Pro to the printer (which is 6 feet or so from my Mac) would be a 10000% improvement from now!!
Thanks for any more details -- and then I'll try to find all the necessary stuff here in Europe…
Friday 29 March 2013
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2013 3:35 AM (in response to Stephen Schulte1)
Greg's suggestion will work. The price of that unit is inexpensive. I ran my HP LaserJet 4MP for many years using the 300 JetDirect after AppleTalk was gone. Set up directions can be searched online.