[Coco] Using A Receipt Printer With The CoCo/MC-10

John W. Linville linville at tuxdriver.com
Thu Aug 18 17:29:42 EDT 2016

On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 05:17:47PM -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Thursday 18 August 2016 10:33:28 John W. Linville wrote:
> > http://retrotinker.blogspot.com/2016/08/using-receipt-printer-with-coc
> >omc-10.html
> >
> > I wrote-up a little discussion of using a CoCo or MC-10 to drive a
> > modern-ish thermal receipt printer equipped with an RS-232 interface
> > using Color BASIC. The discussion involves not only the basic serial
> > cabling, but also use of a RAM hook to make Color BASIC add the
> > proper line endings to keep the printer happy. Assembly and Color
> > BASIC sources are shown as well.
> >
> I did that same thing on a z-80 board, till I found out you can't use the 
> word archival and thermal paper in the same year when talking to the FCC 
> about automatically kept logs.  Since we (the radio stations I was the 
> CE for at the time) didn't own another printer that was capable of 
> making an archival quality record and could be spared, that got dropped.  
> And I didn't even bother to make me a tape of the code.

The thermal paper will fade, it's true. It doesn't react well to
excessive heat either. But if you can deal with those limitations,
it is a nice way to add hard copy output to your CoCo!

John W. Linville		Someday the world will need a hero, and you
linville at tuxdriver.com			might be all we have.  Be ready.

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