Sparcprinter II help . . .

Sparcprinter II help . . .

Post by Dave Abne » Sun, 31 Oct 1999 04:00:00



I have come into the possession of a Sparcprinter II that is in almost new shape.  However, I have no manual or any information at all about the unit.  I would like to connect it either to a Sparc 5 or an Intel PC.  Can anyone give me some pointers as to how to get this printer working.  Is there a driver available for Windows98/NT?  It appears to have both a parallel and a network connector.  How would I configure it to work with a Sparc 5?  What software or drivers are available?

Thanks in advance for any help . . .

Dave
ab...@voicenet.com

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Sparcprinter II help . . .

Post by Greg Andre » Thu, 04 Nov 1999 04:00:00



>I have come into the possession of a Sparcprinter II that is in almost
>new shape.  However, I have no manual or any information at all about
>the unit.  I would like to connect it either to a Sparc 5 or an Intel PC.
>Can anyone give me some pointers as to how to get this printer working.

Well, there's a parallel port.  The printer was part of a combined
printer and software combination, back in the early days of laser
printing when Postscript printers (or the memory required for
Postscript support) were expensive.  The software was NeWSprint,
which would convert various data formats into the format understood
by the raw print engine in the printer.

In other words, the memory and Postscript interpreter were moved
from the printer to the Unix computer.  The printer hardware could
be cheap, and the software could be (fairly) cheap.  Bingo, a
Postscript printer for a lower price.  After a few years, printers
got a lot cheaper, even the Postscript ones, and Sun end-of-lifed
the Sparcprinter/NeWSprint products.

If you don't have the NeWSprint software, then you may be stuck.
Check to see if the ghostscript freeware has drivers for the
Sparcprinter II.

Quote:

>Is there a driver available for Windows98/NT?

Sun never released any that I'm aware of.  The only "drivers"
were for SunOS 4.x and 5.0-5.5.1 (aka Solaris 2.0-2.5.1).
I.e. the NeWSprint software.

Quote:

>                                            It appears to have both
>a parallel and a network connector.

That's not a network connector.  There are rj45 jacks for the
500-sheet feeder and the duplex (double-sided) printing adapter.
The remaining connector is for the parallel interface, as you
noticed.

Quote:

>                        How would I configure it to work
>with a Sparc 5?  What software or drivers are available?

Run solaris 2.5.1 or earlier and the NeWSprint software, or
see of ghostscript has a driver.  Attach the printer to a
parallel port with a normal parallel cable.

  -Greg
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1. Sol2.4, SPARCprinter II, XRam memory error???

Has anybody had the following problem:
Our SPARCprinter II starts flashing *all* it's front
display lights, nothing prints, and I get an lpsched log message of
"Printer Failure: XRAM memory error"

The last time this happened I disconnected the printer for period of days
while it was shipped to another site.  Before shipping it off for repair I
connected it to a similar Solaris box just to be sure - it worked.
It's now a month or two later, the printer had been reconnected to its
original machine and working.  This morning it's flashing again and not
printing.

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