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Printer for Büchi B-545

Discussion in 'Everything Else InkJet Printer Related' started by Martin42, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. Dec 17, 2018
    Martin42

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    Hello,

    We have a Büchi B-545 melting point apparatus that is connected to a Star Leer Model: SP500 Series printer with a parallel cable.
    The problem is that the printer writes a lot of gibberish instead of typing what it should be. We have checked the printer settings on the Büchi B-545 device.
    I have to admit that my knowledge of the above hardware is very limited.
    Can the printer be malfunctioning and should we buy a another printer? Does the printer have to support a specific printer language relative to the Büchi B-545 and which language in that case? The display on the Büchi B-545 shows the following printer brands.
    Star, Seiko, Epson, CIDP-460 and HP.
    Can anybody refer to specific printers that could be used?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    PeterBJ

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    The user manual for the Büchi B-545 is a little more specific about the usable printers. Paragraph 9.2 in this manual has this list of compatible printers:

    I checked the specifications of the Canon BJC-600, and this printer can be set to emulate a matrix printer under DOS. See this. I think the other mentioned printers also have this capability. Epson still makes matrix printers for use when documents are needed in duplicates. But I don't know if the new matrix printers are DOS compatible. Maybe other old DOS compatible printers are also usable?

    Any comments from experts in DOS and old printers?
     
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    I don't know but I don't think so. The printer seems to be compatible with many old Windows versions, but sadly not DOS.

    Normally USB to Parallel port cables are intended for connecting a printer with a parallel port and no USB port to a computer with only USB ports. I don't know if cables that work the other way around are available? Another problem is that most modern printers need a driver, which I think cannot be installed on the melting point meter.
     

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