Look what I got from the professor!

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  1. tevion5, Nov 18, 2014
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    tevion5 macrumors 68000

    tevion5

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    "Good news everyone!" Last week one of my Computer Science professors told me he was going through his vintage mac collection and noticed he had an old Apple Printer that he didn't feel he really needed/wanted to keep.

    He approached me after the lecture about it because I grabbed a 1GHz Dual Quicksilver earlier this year, and had later negotiated the matching 17" Studio display he had taken moment before I got to the "trash" pile, so he knew I was a keen collector like himself.

    His office is adorned with Quadras, Performas, iBooks, PowerBooks and the jumbo blue 22" apple CRT display.

    I eagerly agreed to accept the offer. The next day he sent me and E-mail saying that while he was routing it out of storage that he came across an equally useless-to-him monitor, and wondered if I'd be interested in that too. Guess my answer.

    Anyway, today he brought them in with him to todays lecture and (after employing the help of the nicest canteen worker on earth who drove me across campus in his car,) I hauled the monitor and the printer back to my apartment for inspection.

    Here they are:

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    The monitor is an 'Apple MultipleScan 15', and the printer is a 'Color StyleWriter 2500'. They were both unbelievably filthy, with dead spiders inside the printer, so I gave them both a major rejuvenation.

    Here is the two of them after a good clean:

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    It's almost perfect, because my Power Macintosh 8600 has currently being using a generic FujitzuSiemens monitor and a Canon S200 printer. Once I replace them with these two beauties that setup will now be 100% fruit.

    Next thing will be to get the LocalTalk Adpater for the 2500 so it can join my ever growing AppleTalk network. My recent addition of the AsantéTalk ethernet adapter will mean I could even share this thing over WiFi to my Quicksilver and iMac G4.

    All in all, not a bad haul!

    (Apologies for the sideways pictures, seem to be a symptom of iOS uploading since iOS 5 for me...clicking them corrects it)
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    I was expecting to see something about Professor Farnsworth and how he gave you good news.
     
  3. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    Ahhhh the memories.

    I like the 15" multiscan - generic 15pin SVGA port at the back.

    And the "Canon" Stylewriters were one of the easiest printers to overhaul.

    Nice score! :eek:
     
  4. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What do you mean by overhaul exactly?

    And TBH, I'm a little disappointed the monitor takes generic VGA, as I was hoping to use it with the old DB-15 connection on the PM8600. Unless my professor can source the original cable which is impossible to find, I'll have to use it with a regular VGA cable to the adapter on my 8600.
     
  5. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    Strip apart, clean rubber pick-up rollers, feed roller, paper out roller, general dust removal, replace "absorber plates". They are just so easy to strip down (once you know the drill). I used to buy them used, clean them up and sell them reconditioned.

    The StyleWriter II often needed new "o" rings on the output roller. Without them, paper wouldn't fully leave the printer at the end of the page.

    Dirty or dusty pickup rollers meant that the paper wouldn't feed into the printer. The beauty with them was that they were like a belt of rubber. If they had worn to a shiny spot (which slips on paper) you could clean them and then rotate the rubber 180 degrees. There's only about a 10 degree area used in grabbing the paper.

    I understand about the DB15 Vs HDDV15 connectors, but once you get to a Blue&White G3 Desktop or later, these monitors became very handy test gear.
     
  6. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well I gave it a good scrub down inside and out, but I'll have to wait until I have the power adapter to see how functional it is.

    Indeed, I suppose having a standard port is more flexible in the long term. Can I hook up any VGA output straight into this thing then? Even a PC?
     
  7. MacTech68 macrumors 68000

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    Yup. Standard SVGA cable! :)
     
  8. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ha, you were right! I was worried about using adapters and a standard VGA cable...
    Seems to be working great now after a bit of resolution fiddling. :)
     

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    And built in stereo speakers too! (such as they are). :rolleyes:

    Before LCDs became cheap and plentiful, these were my favorite workshop monitor. There is a common problem with a standard LM7812 12volt regulator that ends up outputting a wonderful 11 volts and makes the monitor go quite whacky. Other than that, they've been great. I still have about 4 or 5 of them floating around.
     
  10. harrymatic macrumors 6502

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    I remember using a StyleWriter printer just like that back in the day. Wonderful setup - a real blast from the past! :)
     
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  12. colorspace macrumors 6502

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    Funniest thing today!

     
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    That title could have led to a very dirty thread...
     
  14. tevion5 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Seriously bro? Didn't you see Jimmy Iovines comment a few days ago on this site? That was begging for a joke, but I think my title requires quite a dubious mind to interpret deviously considering the context of this forum.

    Go easy on the student-teacher porn ;)
     

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