11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 21, 2005 11:30 AM by AppleIIFreak
sgrromph Level 1 (0 points)
Hello Everybody,

At work we just recieved a laserwriter 12/640 PS printer on second hand. I had the nice task to install it on a PowerPC G3 running Mac OS 9.2 when I constated the absence of installation CD. Naturally the people who gave us the printer were not able to find it again.

The question is now, how do I do to install the printer without having the installation CD. Are the printer drivers somewere available and how do I install them?

Thank you


G3, Mac OS 9.2.x
  • AppleIIFreak Level 4 (2,525 points)
    welcome to Discussion
    You will find the driver at:
    Hope someone else will help you with installation.
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,629 points)
    The LaserWriter 8 driver is often installed automatically, unless you remove it or disable it.

    For the physical connection, that document says you can use Ethernet, but do not forget to turn on AppleTalk over Ethernet. Use of Ethernet will allow you to print from any Mac connected to your Ethernet. If you do not use Ethernet for anything else in your office, you could use AppleTalk/LocalTalk, but you would have to wire each station for LocalTalk.

    If the driver is in the Extensions Folder inside the System Folder (a restart is not required) it will appear in the box on the left side of the Chooser. Selecting the LaserWriter 8 Icon in the left box of the Chooser should give you a list of all attached LaserWriters in the box on the right side. If your LaserWriter is cabled correctly, powered on and available, it will appear.

    Selecting the new LaserWriter in the box on the right side will produce a dialog inviting you to either manually specify its features, or configure it automatically. Automatically is fairly fast and very easy.
  • sgrromph Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello ApleIIFreak, I downloaded the driver extracted it and moved it to the extensions folder, bu it is not recognized as a printer driver by the OS. The file simply sits in the folder and no new printer was available in the chooser.

    Grand Bennet-Alder, the LaserWriter 8 driver is installed. However if I select it when the printer is powered i get no printer to choose in the box on the right side. The printer is connected with an old parallel cable, which looks a little funny. Unfortunately nobody seems to sell these cable anymore, so I hope that the problem dosen't come from a rotten parallel cable.

    I thank you all for your time

  • AppleIIFreak Level 4 (2,525 points)
    The downloadable driver is version 7.1.2-perhaps doesn't work with OS 9. Cable:should be serial,LocalTalk,Ethernet.
    You may look at (4) in description:the version you need is available only accompanied with OS 9. I'll look on my OS 9 CD for that.
  • AppleIIFreak Level 4 (2,525 points)
    Found Laserwriter 8 in my Chooser(OS9) and Laserwriter 12/600 profile and LW12/640 script on installation CD(OS9).
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,629 points)
    The printer is connected with an old parallel cable, which looks a little funny. Unfortunately nobody seems to sell these cable anymore, so I hope that the problem dosen't come from a rotten parallel cable.

    The Mac you described does not have a parallel port of any description. The DB-25 port on the back of the Mac is a SCSI port, and attempting to use it with a parallel cable may keep your Mac from booting, or cause more serious damage.

    For one-off use at home, AppleTalk/LocalTalk cabling is inferior, but can be a possibility. In an office environment, this printer should be hooked up with an Ethernet cable -- and if you do this, the printer can be used by every Mac and PC on your local network.
  • sgrromph Level 1 (0 points)
    Cool, I will look at the OS9 CD. I hope that I find everything needed!

    Thank You

  • sgrromph Level 1 (0 points)
    It is not a blue and white G3 but an old brown G3. It has one of these round serial (or is it parallel, I always mix them) port, on which I pluged the printer.
    I would gladly put the printer on the network, but we have a new secrised VPN and the printer is not able to handle the secure protocol. Sniff

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,629 points)
    The fastest non-Ethernet connection and fullest support is obtained by connecting the circular Mini-DIN-8 "LocalTalk" [two-way arrows] port on the printer with the Mini-DIN-8 "Printer" port on the Platinum/Beige G3, and turning on AppleTalk over that port in the AppleTalk Control Panel. This gives a LocalTalk transfer rate of about 240,000 bits/sec, and allows full PostScript support.

    To support multiple Macs and/or multiple printers, PhoneNet wiring such as Farallon PhoneNet boxes and regular telephone wire up to about 8 stations and 5,000 feet can be used. These are readily available on the used market very cheaply. US$5 should buy you a bag of three to 10 interface boxes and some telephone cords. Here are some examples from eBay[US]:

  • sgrromph Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi everybody,

    I thank you very much for your help.
    I finally solved the problem by connecting the printer to an i-x86 computer with windows as operating system.

    I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year

  • AppleIIFreak Level 4 (2,525 points)
    Thanks for that wishes!