Hi AppleFritter Members,
I was wondering whether you might know whether, if I could find a Cable (rather than needing to find a Cable plus a Signal Converter Device), - a Cable that on 1 of its sides has an "8 Pin Mini-Din" Male Connecter to connect to the Apple IIgs ROM 3 CPU's round Printer Port (Female), and on the other of its sides has either a USB Female Connecter or (B) an Ethernet (I think Male) Connecter; (the 2 types of Ports available to connect to the Current-Day printer that I have in mind), that I'd be able to print on this printer directly from an Apple IIgs ROM 3's CPU?
I should note that this Current-Day Printer, to which I'd like to connect an Apple IIgs ROM 3, is not a Dot Matrix Printer, as the printers that I believe most often were utilized with the Apple IIgs ROM 3 were.
I have seen in a list of peripheral devices that were available to be sold by Apple Computers along with a new Apple IIgs ROM 3, which included an Apple Laser Printer. So does this mean that the Apple IIgs ROM 3 CPU's "8 Pin Mini-Din (Give The Dog A Bone)" round Female Printer Port did connect directly to Laser Printers, as well as to Dot Matrix Printers?
If a Signal Converter Device also is required in order for this printer to recognize the printer data being sent (I suppose black and color data as well for printing), then my experience has been that such a Signal Converter Device could be more expensive than buying an automatically-compatible printer for the Apple IIgs ROM 3's CPU, such as the Apple ImageWriter II Color Printer.
Whether or not I utilize a printer that I've often seen along with the Apple IIgs ROM 3 (such as the [Dot Matrix] Apple ImageWriter II Color Printer), or a current day printer (if you think that a non-Dot Matrix Current Day printer would work with the Apple IIgs ROM 3's CPU), then do I need to install some kind of Printer Driver Software on the Apple IIgs in order to be able to utilize a given printer with it? Today's computers seem to require Printer Driver Software in order to work with any kind of printer.
Also, aside from the Apple ImageWriter II (Dot Matrix) Color Printer, do you know what the names of the other types of Apple printers are that were sold with (and automatically compatible with) the Apple IIgs ROM 3's CPU? Did any of these other compatible Apple printers use technology other than Dot Matrix (or Laser), such as some sort of Ink Jet type of Apple printer, or Daisy Wheel type of Apple printer?
Thanks - I appreciate any information about these questions that you might be able to reply with.