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  • 1. Apple IIe - dead or alive?
    Hello, first of all, I apologize if my question sounds stupid - I have never had or been in physical touch with an Apple II before (only saw it on pictures) and don't know much about it. So, I had this dream from my childhood to have an Apple IIe, the type with the light grey keyboard. Finally my dream came true today when I receibved the one I bought off eBay. Unpacked it, connected the monitor with the computer, and turned them both up. On the screen, the text "Apple //e" appeared, in the middle, and one of the floppy drives started to turn, and it would never stop. I was guessing that it was searching for some kind of OS boot disk, and that, once it doesn't find it, just fall back to it's kernal and Apple Basic. But, sadly, that never happened. The floppy drive just kept whirling in vain. So, my question is: is this Apple IIe broken, or is it Working As Designed when equipped with flopy drives? If the latter is the answer, would I be able to drop into Apple Basic by removing the disk controller from the Apple IIe? Or is it something else one has to do? Oh yeah, in case this wasn't obvious: I did try to interact with the machine, by hitting the "return" key a few times, and other keys, as well. Please help? Many thanks in advance mario

Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Simon D. Williams » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 07:24:18 GMT

I'm toying with the idea of using a IIc+ as point-of-sale terminal in my 
wife's shop. The only downside is that printing receipts on an Imagewriter 
II is a rather inefficient use of dead trees (and would take up a lot more 
room). I'm wondering if there are any paper tape printers that would be 
suitable for this application?
-s

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Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Steven Lichter » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 07:48:53 GMT




You might be able to get fan fold paper that is half the size, then set 
the C/R to just move down half the sheet.

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Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Michael J. Mahon » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 08:08:24 GMT



You should probably be able to find several serial strip printers on
the surplus market.  As you know, they are almost ubiquitous in point-
of-sale applications and credit card terminals.

-michael

NadaPong: Network game demo for Apple II computers!
Home page:   http://www.**--****.com/ 

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tool--and it's seriously underused."

Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Michael J. Mahon » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 08:10:22 GMT



An eBay search on <serial receipt printer> turned up 18 hits.  ;-)

-michael

NadaPong: Network game demo for Apple II computers!
Home page:   http://www.**--****.com/ 

"The wastebasket is our most important design
tool--and it's seriously underused."

Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby aiiadict » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 08:21:09 GMT



I have a thermal printer new in the box, about 2" wide.  I can't
remember the brand.  It is either serial or parallel.

email me if you want it.

Rich



Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Simon D. Williams » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 09:33:49 GMT




That's not a bad idea... I'd still like to avoid the bulk of the 
Imagewriter, but if worst comes to worst...

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Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Simon D. Williams » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 09:57:50 GMT




Indeed. I guess I was (vainly) hoping for something that would work "out 
of the box", but after skimming through a few manuals it looks like it 
will be more a matter of getting hold of a printer and then experimenting 
with it.
-s

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Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Michael J. Mahon » Tue, 01 Jan 2008 14:11:28 GMT





Once the serial data format is set appropriately on both the printer
and the IIc+, it should work in the usual way.  Having a manual--or at
least a web manual--will be handy.  Since they are so common, I expect
that won't be difficult.

Of course, the cable may be an issue, as usual.  ;-)

-michael

NadaPong: Network game demo for Apple II computers!
Home page:   http://www.**--****.com/ 

"The wastebasket is our most important design
tool--and it's seriously underused."

Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby winston19842005 » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 03:49:25 GMT



On 12/30/07 5:24 PM, in article
 XXXX@XXXXX.COM , "Simon D. Williams"




Have you found something yet?
I was just browsing and came across this:
 http://www.**--****.com/ 

Once I wanted to setup my TI-99 (and its thermal printer) as a POS terminal.
Thought I could do some nifty graphics on the receipt with its graphics
capabilities, as long as the gap between the 5x7 characters wasn't too much
of an issue...

I haven't dealt with this company (yet), I bookmarked them a couple of years
ago and go here to browse when I get really bored...


Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Simon D. Williams » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 11:36:52 GMT




That certainly fits the bill... and the price is reasonable.>

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Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby winston19842005 » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 12:30:12 GMT



On 1/6/08 9:36 PM, in article
 XXXX@XXXXX.COM , "Simon D.






The web site is honest about the price. $300 elsewhere.

Only issue I can see, is how/where to buy the RS232 cable. The end that
plugs into the device looks non-standard. But maybe they are not too hard to
find. The Citizen web site offered a UK site up for accessories, and they
did not appear to carry anything but ribbons. The Citizen web site did offer
the ability to send a request to sales office for contact - otherwise
directed you to your "nearest Citizen supplier", whoever that may be.

It appears to be a very popular printer (judging from reviews I saw after
Googling it), it is thermal, supports Epson ESC/2 protocol, and isn't a
"Windows" printer, meaning it has built-in fonts.

It can be configured from a Windows PC, or from a built-in menu that prints
to the paper.

I almost want one.

BG Micro also has the paper rolls.

One caveat - I've never bought anything from them. But they've been around a
while, and I probably would.


Re: Small printer for Apple IIc+

Postby Michael J. Mahon » Tue, 08 Jan 2008 17:38:15 GMT





I've bought from them a couple of times, and they were reliable.

-michael

NadaPong: Network game demo for Apple II computers!
Home page:   http://www.**--****.com/ 

"The wastebasket is our most important design
tool--and it's seriously underused."

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