Printer for an "ancient" Powermac 7100/66

Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by bob lewis, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. bob lewis macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2010
    Hi, Mac collectors:

    I have a dandy Powermac 7100/66, but I love this antediluvian model. But
    today my printer died (I don't think the Mac ever will!), and I can't find another
    one with the 8-pin connector. Is there any kind of adapter out there that will work,
    or how can I get my "stuff" off of this old Powermac?

    Any suggestions on where to pick up a used printer that still uses the 8-pin
    connector would be greatly appreciated. Or can I down-loan everything off
    the computer onto floppys. Then what?

    Bob Lewis
  2. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    ebay, Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.

    Research some older-model printers with that connector and just plug in the names as your search terms.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    What OS do you have on it?

    Go find a two-year-old networked HP LaserJet. HP has had amazing support for older OSes, supporting OS 9 long after everyone else had abandoned it. And being networked, you don't need to worry about the lack of 8-pin serial. Or just about any HP with a "JetDirect External Print Server" box will do as well.

    (A quick search turns up many older HP laser printers for sale at reasonable prices.)
  4. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    The only printer I can recommend is the HP Desk Writer 550C. Its got the connector and the one I used with my Quadra 800, 7100, and 7500. Great printer, and pretty efficient on ink. Not too sure if you can still find the ink for it or not. I'll pop mine open and see what type of cartridge it uses.
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Look for any old HP LaserJet with AppleTalk support, or buy an old Apple Laserwriter. I had a 16/600 and it was fantastic. Check Craigslist first, as these things will be heavy and shipping will get spendy. Your Mac will also print over ethernet, so any Postscript printer with ethernet should work as well.
  6. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    Search eBay for "LaserWriter" and pick up an old Apple LaserWriter. The toner will last you longer than ink, and they are very dependable. Also, drivers will not be trouble since they install with the Mac OS. Toner cartridges are readily accessible on eBay for LaserWriters.

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