Old Alphacom Daisy Wheel Printer
Posted on 2004-09-08
I have this old, old Alphacom daisy-wheel that I only kept for cutting etching stencils. I know I can use my dot-matrix instead, but I like the job the old daisy-wheel does on the stencils. It works only if I drag out an old Win95 (I think) vintage computer. On newer computers it doesn't want to respond. This printer dates from the mid-to-late eighties when standards weren't as settled as they are now, so I suspect it could be that there is some pin that isn't right for a modern computer, on the parallel port. Of course the company is long out of business. Is there some way to set the parellel port that's more friendly to a very old printer, or do I need to get out the soldering iron and a pinout diagram. Or is it some driver thing. I don't think I ever had any special printer driver, even in the old dos days.