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Topic: Use OKI Microline printer with arduino? (Read 3 times) previous topic - next topic

hansibull

Sep 27, 2013, 12:56 pm Last Edit: Sep 27, 2013, 01:21 pm by hansibull Reason: 1
Hi!
At my school we have a ton of old Oki Midrodrive (192 plus) printers.



These are printers that using folded sheets, and is ideal for logging, debugging etc.
The printer are using the old parallel printer interface, shown below, but I have a cable tat converts into 25 pin parallel cable.


I've heard that these printers are easy to interface with, but I havn't found anything on the internet yet.
If I cound interface with one of these, and since we have an infinite amount of printers and papers, I could place a printer like this anywhere!

What do you guys think? Is it possible?

Jantje

These are cartridge printers. Do you also have a infinite supply of cartridges?

As these are old printers the documentation that comes with it may contain a protocol description.

Best regards
Jantje
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Jantje

I also found this

I guess the IBM printer driver protocol is pretty much described and available.

Best regards
Jantje
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hansibull

Actually I found out that this printer communicates the same way as any other parallel printer!
I found some arduino code that made me write text to the printer! Awesome!

Simpson_Jr

Could you share the code/link ?
With people almost paying  to get rid of their "stoneage"-printers,  it may be interesting for others as well.

robtillaart

See attachment for a first version of a lib for a generic parallel printer.
You could derive a specific class of course,

see also - http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=190948.0 -
Rob Tillaart

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Simpson_Jr

Thank you, I hadn't noticed the new thread yet.

hansibull

I've got some requests about this code, so here it is, the ASCII printer code!

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