Silentype on Apple ///

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I understand that the Apple /// has a Silentype printer port built in. I see Silentypes on eBay every now and then. From what I can tell, they used 8.5" wide thermal paper rolls, and this size still seems to be widely available for fax machines.

Can the Silentype use modern thermal paper? And is it a reasonable choice for an Apple ///? I could always use my existing Epson dot matrix printer, but Apple /// parallel cards aren't that common...

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Re: Silentype on Apple ///

I am not sure about the silentype paper requirements but as for Apple /// printer cards also keep an eye out for PKASO cards. Saw a couple sell on ebay for well under $100 over the past few months.

Someone selling UPIC cards for just under $60 each but untested. Perhaps someone on here has some extras they could send you on the cheap. Only having one /// myself that I just acquired I have no parts to sell (yet)
Zan

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Re: Silentype on Apple ///

I saw the UPIC cards, and the only thing I noticed was "Gee, that's not a Centronics parallel connector, so it won't be of any use in connecting with my Epson printer..."

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Re: Silentype on Apple ///

just to shut down myths and guessing around...:
yes silentype printer will use thermalpaper for fax - there is no difference....
second - of course you can connect any kind of printer with centronics interface to the UPIC !
The UPIC is delivered in original with flatribboncable and 26pin flatribboncableconnector ( 2 rows each 13 pins )
and at the other end with centronics connector soldered to the cable. Quite similar like at a lot of other
Printercards at the Apple II series.... the only point is that the pinouts flatribboncableconnector might be
different from card to card and therefor the centronicsconnector might be soldered in other order.....
so its recommended to checkout the cable
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Re: Silentype on Apple ///

Good to know, Speedy. The UPIC cards referenced on eBay definitely do not come with that Centronics cable-- and they're untested and look crappy-- but I'll keep my eye out for a "good" one.