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LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby Rustynutt » Mon May 01, 2017 7:59 am

Think this has been around a while, has anyone tried it on a TOS machine?

http://www.lpt2usb.net/

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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby simonsunnyboy » Mon May 01, 2017 8:23 am

It might work with HP or classic Epson printers. I don't know.

In general, the retroprinter by RWAP is going to be a pricier but technically better solution:
http://www.retroprinter.com/
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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby EmpireAndrew » Mon May 01, 2017 1:53 pm

If solutions get too pricey you may as well just buy an old but working dot matrix.
I know that retroprinter site says dot matrix machines are upwards of 200 quid, and that is the case for brand new modern ones, and that finding old ribbons may be difficult but... I bought a virtually brand new (as in used once and looks brand new) Panasonic 24 pin from 93 or so for what amounts to 100 quid inc shipping, and bought a brand new spare ribbon from Amazon for $6...
With the side benefit that it sounds proper and I can still use tractor feed paper!

An ability to use a network connected laser on the other hand is something I would pay for.
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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby Atari030 » Mon May 01, 2017 11:31 pm

Does cosmosex support USB printing?

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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby simonsunnyboy » Tue May 02, 2017 4:17 pm

Not yet but the dot matrix interepreter software from the RWAP project could be tailored to run on the CosmosEX aswell Only a special device driver is necessary for printing to an ACSI printer.

IIRC Atari Laser printer support is planned for the CosmosEX. There is a discussion around this somewhere on the forum. Check the CX section.
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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby leech » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:23 pm

Yeah, I think the Laser Printer support through cups wrapper is one of the things that'll make me finally install my CosmosEx. I have a lovely HP LaserJet that is on my network that I'd love to print to from my Atari. Though I kind of already have it working with text files via wongck's PHERP, which is fantastic.

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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby simonsunnyboy » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:01 am

My good old Laserjet 1200 directly works on my Falcon through classic LPT connection. I only have to use a PCL-5 driver from NVDI.

As long your LaserJet still supports PCL, it should work. Maybe the port is lacking?
A flexible gateway solution would be great ofcourse.
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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby wongck » Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:59 am

simonsunnyboy wrote:In general, the retroprinter by RWAP is going to be a pricier but technically better solution:
http://www.retroprinter.com/


There's open source hardware design that does LPT-USB, may be just need some code to "swap" the signals around ?
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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby Rustynutt » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:47 am

Remember my first dot matrix color printer, what a hoot.
Thinking along the lines of color proofs and laser jet vector graphic printing artwork.

Have a network card for an HP LJ4, and a couple other devices that convert from parallel to TCP protocol that are suppose to be transparent to the host machine.
Also have the same for the Quadra series. MagiCMac works great for expanding hardware features lacking on a Falcon or TT.
Kind of want to retire the Quadra, there's only a finite amount of space in the computer room :)

Have a decent TT, 10mb ST RAM, 64MB fast ram, 24 bit FX card and TT HI to VGA adapter, with an Epson 1200 flatbed and an E3 and E6 Microtek to test with. Seriously, honestly, want to finally set down and do some creative artwork on the TT.

My favorite on the Falcon was an Epson Stylus 720 photo printer. Ink will kill you, as well at output times on the Falcon.
Thinking too, finding a nice HP laser jet will be the way to go for the Atari line up.

Haven't really looked at the new version of Calamus yet, were any print drivers included in the package?

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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby krupkaj » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:59 am

wongck wrote:
simonsunnyboy wrote:In general, the retroprinter by RWAP is going to be a pricier but technically better solution:
http://www.retroprinter.com/

There's open source hardware design that does LPT-USB, may be just need some code to "swap" the signals around ?
http://clx.freeshell.org/centronics.html

Unfrortunately this will not work as it is other direction. In our case we want to connect USB printer to parallel port. It is necessary to have USB host in that case and it is not so easy.

Retroprinter will use Raspberry pi to do the USB host.

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Re: LPT to USB printer adapter

Postby wongck » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:57 am

krupkaj wrote:
Unfrortunately this will not work as it is other direction. In our case we want to connect USB printer to parallel port. It is necessary to have USB host in that case and it is not so easy.

Retroprinter will use Raspberry pi to do the USB host.


I know it's the other direction, that's why I say to swap the signal around - well I am not a hardware guy, sorry for the layman term.
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