Wanna buy old stylel printer for Windows 3.1

December 13, 2010 at 17:35:31
Specs: Windows Vista
I have an old computer running Windows 3.1. My HP Deskjet 500 with a cable that went to a pin port in the back of the computer broke down. The people at Compuworld tell me that they tossed out their last printer that would be able to replace it. How can I get a printer that I can adapt to the old computer (I still like to use the Word program to type up material on it.) The hard drive is the one from a very old Dell Windows 3.1 computer.

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#1
December 14, 2010 at 12:34:44
I can't tell from your post what is broken. Do you need a printer or a port? If you need a printer then this answer.


I doubt you can get a bubble jet anymore but they still make pin printers. They use ribbon ink like typewriters used to print. I think that may be the best solution. It may be that one could use a very modern printer in basic mode if connected to a network. The prices for an old style pin printer and a new printer with network may be the same but the pin should be easier to install.

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#2
December 14, 2010 at 13:30:45
I have a dot matrix out in the garage.....Come and get it.....Elephant Butte N.M.
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I don't know if it still works.......I just tossed a daisy wheel..

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#3
December 14, 2010 at 14:02:18
I have a dot matrix in the garage as well that was working perfectly the last time it was powered up. Getting ribbons for it might be a problem though.

You need a dot matrix printer printer with a Centronics parallel port or possibly an RS232 port. The parallel port is the most likely as there are some still around but they are getting rarer.

Have a look at these:

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...

Stuart


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#4
December 14, 2010 at 15:36:46
Thankyou, Jefro. Yes, I'm afraid I tossed the Deskjet 500 after several sources said that it could not be repaired and then I tried to buy a replacement. I would be happy with a pin printer using a ribbon cartridge. Now where would I find one of those? Do you know of any brands that are available?

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#5
December 14, 2010 at 15:39:41
Thankyou, Jefro, I'm going to try to find something locally.

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#6
December 14, 2010 at 22:26:50
Any printer with a parallel port can be connected to your computer and will work with the proper drivers. But windows 3.1 drivers may be hard to find for most of them. You shouldn't have a problem with dot matrix as already mentioned.

You might check into laserjet printers too. Those huge laserjet II and III lasted forever. Other models often had LJ II compatibility so you could tell the OS that's what you had and it would usually work OK.

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#7
December 15, 2010 at 17:01:58
These are suggestions. The new models are basically the same as they have been for years. They seem like they cost a lot but they really last and last and the ink tape is like $7 a whack so you can kill trees forever.

http://www.google.com/search?q=dot+...

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