[Coco] Using A Receipt Printer With The CoCo/MC-10
John W. Linville
linville at tuxdriver.com
Fri Aug 19 15:54:18 EDT 2016
On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 05:34:49PM -0500, George Ramsower wrote:
> When I was in radio broadcasting, I liked the thermal printers running from
> the news reporting agencies. They were quiet and the print outs lasted long
> enough to read out loud on the radio station and then were tossed into the
> trash. Otherwise, junk stuff. Even today, the thermal printouts don't last
> unless in a controlled environment. Too much trouble for me.
> George R.
It sounds like you, George, should avoid thermal printers. However many
other printers are also likely to have the CR/LF problem or something
similar, so the write-up might still be handy for you. But if not,
then feel free to ignore it completely...
> On 08/18/2016 04:17 PM, 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.
> > > Enjoy!
> > >
> > > John
> > > --
> > > John W. Linville Someday the world will need a hero, and you
> > > linville at tuxdriver.com might be all we have. Be ready.
> > Cheers, Gene Heskett
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