Re: [midatlanticretro] Centronics 739 printer
- Thanks Bill! That would be great if you could scan it.From: Bill Dromgoole <drummy@...>
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Subject: Re: [midatlanticretro] Centronics 739 printerI have a Centronics 737 printer with the manual.I can scan the manual for you tomorrow.It is probably close enough.This printer also has a card edge connector.It uses a zip pack ribbon, as you describe.I don't have a source for the ribbon.BillDrom----- Original Message -----From: Richard CiniTo: MARCH-PostSent: Friday, June 07, 2013 9:43 PMSubject: [midatlanticretro] Centronics 739 printerAll --Following up on the thread last week about an "historically appropriate printer" for my IMSAI, I got my hands on a Centronics 739 printer from 1978. Honestly I can't find much info on this model, but I thought I'd share some observations.It does have tractor-feed pins at the bottom-rear but the paper enters from the top (like a typewriter) rather than the bottom or the lower-rear. It kind of looks like it might take an external paper roll that was tractor feed.There is a continuous ribbon, but not a cartridge, covered by a metal plate. It looks like you can take the whole ribbon out and ink it, then pile it back in. That's good.It also doesn't have a regular Champ (IEEE1284) connector ? it's a PCB edge connector. I know Radio Shack did this on their computers but the cable had a Champ connector on the other end. The printer buffer has a DB25 on it so I will probably have to make a cable.Does anyone have a manual for this printer or can I assume that the edge pinout is truly the Centronics standard? I don't really like to assume only because I don't want to trash the logic board if I mess up.