Using my older serial printer with new Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wie Gehts, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Wie Gehts macrumors 6502

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    Can I connect my old laserjet that connected to my old pre OSX/usb/firwire computers using the mac serial/printer port?

    Is there some kind of adapter for that?

    However, I think I may be outta luck as far as hooking up my old scsi scanner (umax powerlook), yeah?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. smythey macrumors regular

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    Something like this?
     
  3. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks :)

    Hmmmm, these products seem to use the centronics port in the printer. I never used that myself. I always used the little mac serial printer/modem ports style connection on my old desktops to hook up the printer. I think the HP 6MP has a centronics port...I just never hooked it up that way.

    I would think theres ones that use the mac serial port connection rather than the centronics... (probably makes no difference)
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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  5. Wie Gehts thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh, yes. I didn't count on drivers. I just use the generic laserwriter driver that comes with OS8-9 that I use.

    On the other hand, I need a new toner cartridge and I see that you can get a B&W laser printer for less than $300 nowadays. Heck even color lasers are pretty cheap.
    But thats what they do.....the printer is 'free', but the cartridges will set you back 500 bucks!:eek:
     

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