I picked up two laserwriters a little while ago.. a Personal LW 300 and a LW LS.
The 300 is in nice shape, but the LS looks like garbage and belches out mold stench. I installed the drivers, chooser, all that fun stuff in os 9.1 and hooked up the 300. Nohting worked no matter what combination of ports and appletalk I tried. I was about to give up and accept that it was some mysterious problem with the myriad extensions and control panels I had installed (seeing as how I was NOT willing to do a one-by-one test with disabling things), but then I tried the nasty LS printer. I changed no settings whatsoever, I just swapped cables, and the thing worked first try. It's haggard, and the toner cartridge/barrel is SHOT, so I really want to use the 300.
I'd almost say it was a problem with the 300 itself, but I recall having a 300 in my posession a year or two ago, in near mint condition, to boot.... and I could never get it to work either. It would make it easier if I had an older machine at my disposal to try it with OS 8 or 7.6.1 or something, but I don't right now.
Has anyone had similar problems with the 300 in OS 9? I can't seem to find any info elsewhere online, so I'm at a bit of a loss