Not sure if this is the best category on the forum to place this, but seems to be the best fit. I'm having two minor intermittent issues, and one of them seems to vary from print to print on how noticeable it is. As a kid I had a different printer (its boxed up in my basement, and the name escapes me right now. But I couldn't find printer ribbons anymore. I was surprised to see I could still get IW2 ribbons and tractor feed paper, so I picked one up a couple months ago for a decent price when I started getting back into using my Apple hardware.
The first issue is that sometimes it seems to skip a couple lines when printing in the first inch and a half or so. It passes the self test fine, seems to print text fine (found my old Christmas lists on my bank street writer data disk!). But anything graphically seems to wind up with some blank rows near the top of the print. The rest of the page prints flawlessly. And if I line up two of the affected prints, the skipped lines seem to line up almost perfectly. So it's skipping the same spots near the top on each print. I would have thought if it were a mechanical problem, it would occur throughout the entire print, or in random spaces. Sometimes it seems more noticeable than others. To rule out my childhood IIc being the culprit, I also did some tests on a IIgs I picked up around the same time as the printer. Printing on the IIgs seems to yield similar issues. And they are using two different cables.
I've attached a few scans from different programs on both computers and the self test. I drew arrows where the issue is happening before I scanned them. The worst case is when I used the Printshop Lovers utility to print out the fonts from the Printshop Companion. Probably mostly just because of the alignment of where it was printing. All the other things I printed didn't print as much in that same affected area. But I tested it with Printshop Color, Printshop GS version, Print Magic, and a certificate program. Each varies in how apparent it is, but its there on all of them.
The other issue isn't as irritating, but is mildly annoying. Every few prints, it wants to jam up on the right hand side. The left side seems to keep feeding, but the right just bunches up. I included a scan of that as well, but its probably not very helpful. Not owning an IW in the past, I'm not sure if there is some kind of known issue, or best practices to prevent this kind of thing. Related, are there any good guides on doing any kind of cleaning/lubricating/preventative maintenance on them that might help prevent this?
I also see at one point someone had gotten a run of color ribbons done out of China last year. Seems like that supply has all dried up. I suppose the odds of someone doing another run of them is going to be pretty low.
TIA for any info.