Star NX-1000 USB to Parallel IEEE1284

November 4, 2015 at 17:23:43
Specs: Windows 7
Hi All

I realise this post is really old but like mikematch I am trying to use my Star NX-1000 to make my stencil. I succeeded with another dot matrix printer before but had to leave it behind when we moved, so now I am stuck with this one. Has anyone successfully gotten this to work using a usb to parallel IEEE 1284. I have tried on both windows 7 and 10 and nothing... :(


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#1
November 4, 2015 at 18:54:13
You're referring to this I guess:

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Find/download the manual for it and see if it has an epson or maybe IBM proprinter mode. If so that's usually set with a DIP switch. If your OS can see it as a more common printer maybe you can get it working.

Or you can probably get an add-on printer port card and connect it that way.


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#2
November 4, 2015 at 19:26:50
Thank you DAVEINCAPS you are the only person to respond so far haven't even had a responce from the manufacturers... The manual had the following about proprinter:
Switch 1-6: Do you want to use the printer in standard mode or IBM
mode?
Select the mode compatible with your computer and software. In standard
mode the printer operates like the Epson LX-800. In IBM mode it operates
like the IBM Proprinter II. The ON position selects standard mode. The
OFF position selects IBM mode.
I checked the switch and it is on 'ON' is this the DIP switch you were referring to?
Thank you again

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#3
November 4, 2015 at 21:31:40
Most DIP switches have several individual on/off switches. 'Switch 1-6' may mean the 6th switch on the first DIP. I can't say for sure as I don't have the manual or the printer in front of me.

You may need to use the 'add hardware' wizard to install it as I don't think all those old printers were PnP.

If you get the OS to see the printer but not as the proprinter or LX-800 it's possible you'll be able to use it configured as a similar printer. Similar types--epson for example--seemed to use the same type driver for basic function that would work for all their similar printers but any special features, such as added fonts or characters, would only work on the models they were designed for. Anyway, you may need to experiment to see what you can come up with. And consider the printer port card if you still have problems.

I've never used one of those adapters to connect a printer and am not sure about windows 7 support for the old dot matrix printers so my help may not be all that useful.


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#4
November 5, 2015 at 10:20:26
A couple of decades ago I had a Star NX-1000 color printer.
I used it with at least two diffent computers: A Commodore +4
(similar to the Commodore 64) and an Apple IIe. I had to
replace the ROM chip with a different version so I could use
it connected to the Apple IIe. I think I also had it connected
to my first IBM-type computer which ran MS-DOS. I still have
the manual. It has a copyright date of 1987.

I see a reference to the DIP switch you are talking about, the
same switch number and function, but the description is slightly
different, so the manual may have been re-written.

The DIP switch info is in Chapter 3 Using the Printer With
Commercial Software. It says, in part:

This printer will work with any program that supports a Star, Epson
or IBM dot-matrix printer. Before using the printer with commercial
software, however, there are two things you must do:

- Install the software so that it supports the printer
- Set the printer's DIP switches to match the software

The installation program usually offers a menu of printers from which
to choose. If you find this printer on the menu, select it.

If this printer is not listed, look for the Epson LX-800 or IBM Proprinter II.
If these are not listed, look for another Star, Epson, or IBM printer. A few
of the choices you may see are given below in order of preference:

Star NL-10
Star NP-10
Star NX-10/15
Star ND-10/15
Star NR-10/16

Epson LX-800
Epson FX-86e
Epson EX-800
Epson LX-86
Epson LX-80

IBM Proprinter II
IBM Proprinter
IBM Graphics Printer

Some menus are less explicit about model names but offer general
descriptions such as "Star printer", "Epson printer", IBM dot-matrix
printer", "dot-matrix ASCII printer", "Centronics-type printer", "Draft
printer", or "Standard printer". Any of these selections should work.
If you are not sure of the right selection, it does not hurt to experiment.
If you choose wrong, you will get strange printing results, but don't
worry; just try a different selection. Don't pick any printer described
as a daisywheel printer or laser printer.


DIP switch 1-6 is then set to ON if you selected a Star, Epson, or
"Standard" printer, or to OFF if you selected IBM.

It sounds like these settings will not help you to get your computer to
see the printer-- they will only help your printer correctly interpret the
instructions from the software. So if you are not getting *anything*,
changing these settings will have no effect.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
November 5, 2015 at 18:27:44
Thank you DAVEINCAPS I think I have run out of potential solutions my pc just refuses to see the usb connection to the printer as anything more that USB2.0-Print under unspecified devices so I am putting it aside for now. But thank you such for all your suggestions... :D

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#6
November 5, 2015 at 20:19:51
You're welcome. I guess it's kind of a square peg-round hole thing where an old printer just won't 'fit' with a newer computer.

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