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#109109 - 03/09/17 02:24 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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I had to replace the fuse on the PCB under the logic board ...

[Linked Image]

... after that, the printer turned on.

Now I'm waiting for the delivery of the print head/ink cartouches that are surprisingly still available - as Canon CJ-3A or HP hp 51604a.


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#109110 - 03/09/17 03:27 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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Nice! People often give up on stuff that's easy to fix. And since it's Epson compatible it should be easy to find a workable driver for it.

#109111 - 03/09/17 03:40 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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I hope to use it on the MFA smile

According to the source our Epson LX810L driver should be operable ... so if I connect it to, say, the IBM5160 driver, should copying autoexec.bat over to LPT1: work? Or am I missing a step here, like inserting virtual paper or something similar?

[Linked Image]

EDIT: That's the printer's "screen" on the right here, with the printhead cursor on the bottom which moves to this position on startup.

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#109112 - 03/09/17 03:51 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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this thread makes me wonder.. has anybody ever reprogrammed a printer bios as a game, one that will print out scenarios, and use the buttons present on the printer to allow you to select a course of action. I know space is very limited, but some kind of basic 'escape room' adventure running on a printer alone would be kinda cool ;-)

a waste of ink and paper.. but cool

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#109114 - 03/09/17 04:11 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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On one occasion, the author of the Arnold CPC emulator, sent me a rom for an Amstrad DMP printer, to dump the rom of the MCU and send it to the CPC where it could be read with a basic program, hehe laugh

That said, I posted on the CPCWiki some rom dumps of Amstrad printers, in case they are useful.

#109115 - 03/09/17 04:52 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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@rfka01: the printer defaults to not On Line at startup, I believe. One of the keys will be mapped to the printer's On Line button; pressing that should make sending it stuff work.

#109116 - 03/09/17 05:57 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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Hmmm ... I find those options (O for online, L for line feed, F for form feed and E for load/eject) in the Machine inputs.
Does that mean that they're active at the same time as the keys for the emulated PC (as in p for pause, F12 for screenshot etc.) or do I have to somehow select the printer first to direct the keypresses to its inputs?

Anyway, selecting partial keyboard, pressing "o", then going back to full keyboard and trying to copy something to lpt1 doesn't work.


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#109124 - 03/09/17 11:55 PM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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There's a mametesters bug about the keyboard issue. Point 2 in http://mametesters.org/view.php?id=6320

Afaik none of the emulated printers are working last time I checked, although that may have changed recently.

#109125 - 03/10/17 02:20 AM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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One of the printers does work, I've gotten it to show workable output from The Print Shop on the Apple II.

There is currently no way to save the output though. You get one sheet of on-screen paper and it just starts over again at the top next time.

#109126 - 03/10/17 09:14 AM Re: New dumps [Re: Darkstar]  
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I'm amused – I had no idea we'd gotten to the point where we were making an effort to emulate old printers.


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