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Question Interfacing Modern Printers & The TI-99/4A


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Posted Sat Dec 1, 2018 11:13 AM

Now days printers have all sorts of different drivers.  BITD that was not a major issue.  Since I've seen not seen any new developments on the TIPI/RPi front, I'm wondering, would it be possible to make a hardware interface to go between the RS-232 and a modern printer that effectively did that for you?

 

The driver could be burned into a chip or stored on a micro SD card, but essentially take the raw output of the TI and convert it on the fly and spit it out to the printer.  Kind of a plug it in and forget it sort of thing.



#2 atrax27407 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 1, 2018 11:46 AM

The closest thing I have seen is a transliteration file that allows you to run an inkjet printer with a TI.



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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2018 1:11 AM

I used a HP deskjet 500. ...about 18 yrs. ago. :)



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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2018 1:17 AM

It would have to be coupled with software unless you are just wanting raw output. It would come from the PIO port, more than likely.... not the serial port.

Easiest way is to use TI Print/HDX.... yeah, you've got a PC middle-man, but that's an example of the software part I was talking about.

#5 mdilling OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2018 6:33 PM

Opry99er kind of beat me to it. Couldn't you just port the TI Print/HDX software over to the TIPI and use a USB printer? In other words, substituting the TIPI for the PC.



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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2018 9:03 PM

Easiest way is to use TI Print/HDX.... yeah, you've got a PC middle-man, but that's an example of the software part I was talking about.

 

I could, but I'm in the process of simplifying, reducing clutter and downsizing.  The HDX is an awesome little device, but with the TIPI P-Box device mine was no longer getting any use, so I sent it along where it might find a good home someday.

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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2018 11:41 AM

Opry99er kind of beat me to it. Couldn't you just port the TI Print/HDX software over to the TIPI and use a USB printer? In other words, substituting the TIPI for the PC.

Ti print is a Windows program. The pi doesn't have the overhead to run wine

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