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hooking up an IBM laser printer to a mac??

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I have an old OmniLaser (ti) printer (IBM compatable) that I would like to hook up to a Mac SE.  Are there products out there that will transform the Mac's serial in/output to the parallel in/output on the printer?  Someone here at work swears that the two used to be hooked up together.

I guess I am wondering if you can use an IBM compatable printer on a Mac.
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Does the printer have a local talk port?
Hi..

You can get a cable to connect the parallel port on the printer to the printer port on the mac.

Try this web site for the correct product you require

http://www.owt.com/belhaven/cables.html

Although most dealers will be able to tell you exactly what you need.

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The printer does not have a local talk port, only a centronics
port, a DB-9 and a DB-25 port.  The site GORMENGHAST listed does
not have the right part and it does not sell over the net or over
the phone.
There is such a kit, it's called the Grappler Kit. It connects the serial port of the mac to the Parallel port of the IBM printer. I think it also comes with some software. I think it was by Orange Micro (or Orange PC),one of the folks that make PC Cards for the Mac.

You might be able to find this kit at your local Mac store. You can also try the Orange Micro web page (sorry, I forget the URL).

Hope this helps.

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