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Should I use a data switch?

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I have a PPC 6100/60
LaserWriter II NT
Color Stylewiter Pro
Supra 14.4 Fax Modem

My goal is to be able to have all of these connected at one time.

Turns out the Pro is NOT apple talk compatible (dumb purchase on my part)

So I thought I came up with a good solution.

Connect the LW IINT to printer serial (apple talk on)
Connect a data switch to the modem port and connect the modem and CS Pro.

When I do this the modem responds irradicly to commands. I'm not sure if the printer will respond 'cause the printer is out of cyan ink, and it won't accept commands even if I just want black and white.

What is the best (cheapest) alternative?  I don't use the color often, but I would like it to be set up so that I don't have to go in and remove cables each time I would like to use it.

Also, Is there a way to get the Pro to ignore the out of ink warning if I want to simply print in B&W?

thanks,

gabriel
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With only one computer you basically have it set up the best way. As for the modem behaving irradically: DONT turn the data switch on or thru the port the modem is on because you will either fry your modem or make it do weird things. I used to have the same setup with a data switch and made the mistake of switching to my modem while it was on....BIG mistake. Also check your modem drivers and make sure all cables are in tight. as far as getting a printer to ignore the out of ink warning i dont know but dont THINK it can be done. i could be wrong.
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Your answer did not fix my problem...

Of course I made sure not to switch the data switch while the modem was on...
My question is will this work, and if not what must I do?

gabriel
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Yes, your proposed setup will work in case i didnt make that clear in my answer.
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I'm sorry what I ment to say in my previous comment was that it did not work...
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So at this point it sounds like you are just trying to get your modem to work. Have you tried the init string AT&FS0=0...those are zeros. Ive got a supra 28.8 and that string works for me without fail.
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