Last night I picked up a bunch of old equipment that needed a new home: A couple of 17" Monitors (One being a really nice Sony Trinitron true-flat CRT), some keyboards, an old 486 tower, a Mac Portable and a LaserWriter Select 360.
All in all, I'm happy with my score, but I have some questions about the LaserWriter:
1) I powered it on to see if it would work, and I got a test page come out of it. The toner cartridge is weak, but I'm getting streaks down the left and right side of the page. They're about 1-1.5" in width and cover practically the entire page. I've googled, but I haven't found any information except "clean the printer". I've never had a laser before, and I don't know what in particular needs to be cleaned. Does anyone have any idea how to remedy this?
2) Toner: Does anyone know of a good source to get toner cartridges for this beast? I've been poking around on the internet and they appear to be in the $60USD range. Does anyone else have better sources? What's the typical page yield per toner cartridge on these rigs? I've read online that there are (apparently) ways to fill the toner cartridge yourself, but other places say that it isn't a good idea. Any one have any experience with this?
3) Life-expectancy: From what I can glean from the Test Page, there's been ~55 000 pages come through this rig. I've seen reports of these LaserWriters go for 200 000+ pages, but again, does anyone have any "real world" performance experience with this printer?
4) Connectivity: This rig has a PC Parallel connection as well as a Mac Serial connection. I have a Quicksilver that I'd (ideally) like to hook it up to. I realize that there are none of those ports on the Quicksilver, however. I'll see if I can find my AsantéTalk, or failing that, hook up an LC 475 or old Powerbook as a print server. The print server would probably be easiest, but it'd be a power hog, would it not? Does anyone have any other ideas?
Ideally, I'd like to set this printer up on my network to handle the black and white printouts to take the load off my inkjet, but I have to see if it is cost-effective (based on the toner & power costs) to go with either pure inkjet, or a combo of inkjet and laser.
Thanks for all your help!