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Imagewriter printer mac os x

Hello im ordering a imagewriter ii printer thats really old but want to know if I can use it with my macbook air thay has Catolina on it. I looked at apples website they explain its possible but its to complicated to understand. Do i need a certain cable for it? Thanks

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This is a joke, right? If not, then I don't think that an Imagewriter II will connect to your Macbook Air simply because the printer is a dot matrix printer with a serial port and the macbook air doesn't have a serial port to begin with. if you had a USB to Serial cable you might, but I don't think that cable exists. Might as well connect that imagewriter to a Macintosh from the era.

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Yeah, there are completely different hardware connections.

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Oh, there were plenty of those cables made.
Very popular when the Blue & White towers were released.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Keyspan-Apple-Serial-to-USB-Adapter/153355467927
But where would you get the drivers?
Plus a source for tractor feed paper and whatever kind of ribbon the Imagewriter used...

I just don't understand why you would want that printer when you could get a nice HP Laserjet used for $40.

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Well the toner online is 3.99 and so i thought i could save money this way. I was just wondering if i could get it working with mac os x. My ibook g3 is panther and has appletalk i dont know if i still need drivers

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Unfortunately, just like connecting a printer to a PC, you would need the drivers in order to get the two to work together.

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Nice writeup.

Who is John Galt?

adeptrapier's picture
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Here you go....

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-6621

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Oh I second sfp1954 - there were plenty of adapters made. Fallaron made the iPrint that I saw on Ebay Germany just the other day, so you could connect your printer to their box and then via Ethernet to your modern Mac.

I like the idea of using old gear as long as it works. It's the same idea that keeps many of us coming back to our old MacOS(X) machines. You don't have to be an environmentalist and concerned with waste control (though that's a good reason too) but getting that stuff to work to work again, tinker with it and finding solutions is fun too.

-- btw this was written on Mac OS 9.2.2 / Classilla 9.3.3 Smile