Re: [Re: SBUS Sparc printer card.]
SPARCprinter-II was a different beast entirely. It does
not use the lpvi card, but rather vanilla bpp. All the
docs are posted at the sunsolve site if you are interested.
digihans <email@example.com> wrote:
> Is it about the printer, or about the board?
> Some time ago, i had a sparc-printer-II at work.
> The intended customer did not want it, and i want it to use it on a ordinary
> Failing to detect an appropiate printer, I contected SUN: the advised me to
> select a "apple compatible printer"
> Until the toner ran out, it worked ok for me....
> Eric wrote:
> > Here's an archived message that pretty much sums it up:
> > http://www.tux.org/hypermail/linux-sparc/1999-Oct/0080.html
> > I doubt the interface documentation was ever released, and even
> > so, unless you have a few years supply of SPARCprinter toner it
> > could not possibly be worth the effort. That said, perhaps the
> > standard BPP driver will work with that second port.
> > E
> > Eric Huiban <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 18 December 2001 00:34, Eric wrote:
> > > > If I recall correctly, the SPARCprinter card is similar
> > > > to a framebuffer, not a standard parallel port. I'd
> > > > suggest taking a look at the really, really old archives
> > > > of the sparclinux list as this does get mentioned time to
> > > > time.
> > >
> > > While "digging" inside shelves full of dust layers and full of unused
> > > documentations, i found today the user installation guide
> > > dedicated to this card. It mentioned that the first port on the card is
> > > specific to the sparc printer (the frame buffer function with pins
> > > carrying intensity, vertical and horizotal sync. etc) and the other one
> > > is a bidirectionnal parallel port used with printer equiped with
> > > Centronics connector.
> > >
> > > After plugging the dusty beast onto different sparcs, it seems that the
> > > openboot detects two "new" devices instead of one. I'm just hoping that
> > > the conventionnal one may be used without SUNOS ! As usual : a very
> > > specific SUN cable is needed... but some mechanical adaptations or some
> > > "soldering" may not be a real pain. ;-)
> > >
> > > Eric.
> > > p.s. Any happy debianer playing with SBUS FDDI adapters (AMD AM79C830 +
> > > sram + AT&T FFDI xcvr) here ? I'm unsure that a so old stuff can be
> > > used with Linux... :-)))