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Friday, 26-May-2017 17:48:42 BST


Z88 Hardware


Printers & Cables
Windows only Printers  


Q.    Can I use the Z88 to print to a 'Windows only' printer?

   YES if you have a Windows computer.

The chances are that you already have the printer connected to the computer that you are reading this web page on, so let's start with a list of requirements.

Hardware Requirements

Standard Z88.

No additional RAM is required. The internal printing command to print to an EPSON FX-80 Printer will be used.


Z88 - PC Lead
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To connect the Z88 to the Serial COM port on the PC.

Windows computer

Computer to Printer lead
It can be a parallel or USB connection.


'Windows only' Printer.


You just need one or two additional items as you should have the other items already.

Software Requirements

See Using the PC to print
Download a DOS to WINDOWS Printer Driver
and Download PassThru32
There are several programs that seem to do the same thing with a free period of time to test them, so you can test them before parting with any cash.

The next section guides you through using one of these programs, let's try DOS2USB for starters.




Using DOS2USB




The following steps are taken.

Check Printer Editor
Details of Serial and Printer Ports

Check Z88 & computer link works
Download Install & Start Windows Programs
Now we do the Printing
Here is the pdf file






Check Printer Editor is set to its default setting FX-80.

it should read Epson.
if not HARD RESET the Z88




Details of Serial and Printer Ports
To find out  you are using.
Open the Windows Device Manager. Expand the Ports [COM & LPT]
Your hardware serial ports, are displayed as Communications Port [COM.1 & 2] look in your computer's instructions on where the COM ports are physically located. [I am using COM.1]
Your  USB - Serial Port Adapter, is displayed as (the make) USB Serial Port [COM.3,].

The printer port is displayed as the ECP Printer Port [LPT1].
Check Z88 & Computer link works


DOWNLOAD this PipeDream zip file that tests the different printing styles.
Unzip it and transfer it to the Z88 with a Z88 to PC Program e.g. Eazylink.

Download Install & Start Windows Programs


Download PassThru32 Download and Install  DOS2USB.

Start PassThru32 on the computer and set the Modem and the Palmtop Port to the COM port the Z88 is connected to in point 2 or 3. [COM.1]
Modem Baud Rate to 9600
. Set the Printer Port to an unused printer port i.e. LPT2: (Remember to leave the : after the 2)!

When you start USB2DOS it jumps to the bottom right-hand side of the screen. Click it there to get it back again.

Follow the instructions in the manual 'Getting Started DOS2USB'  change the Printer setup in DOS2USB to LPT:2, the same as PassThru and set the Windows Printer to the one you want to print to.

Use the 'Save settings' command
Now we do the Printing
PassThru32 click the 'Start PrintThru' button. On the Z88 load the 'prtest' file into PipeDream, do <>PO for Print and another ENTER. Whilst the Z88 is printing the SD light on PassThru32 will be flashing. When the flashing stops, Stop PassThru32. The reminder about the DOS2USB registration appears - cancel it.
Exit DOS2USB

Here is the pdf file
Just to show it works (apart from sub and superscript), here is a copy of the printed Z88 file sent to my pdf printer.

Download pdf file

Please let me know how you get on with these programs and if there is any further information I should add.


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Printers & Cables

Using the PC to print  

Picture of program Click for full screen view

If you already have the link from the Z88 to your PC and a printer connected to your PC, you can print from your Z88 now.

Download this program, set it to 9600 baud on the Palmtop port together with which COM port your Z88 is plugged into and print away.


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Z88
Description Price VAT Total
UK
Cambridge Z88
Computer Only
£120.00 £24.00 £144.00
UK
Cambridge Z88
Computer Only
(2nd User - no warranty)
See 2nd hand Section or call for avaiability.
STARTER PACKS NO LONGER INCLUDE THE Z88
THESE PRICES ARE CURRENTLY BEING UPDATED
UK
1M/1M

£157.50

£31.50

£189.00

UK
Cambridge Z88
Flash Starter Pack
with OZ4.5 upgrade
£182.50 £36.50 £219.00
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Cambridge Z88
Flash Starter Pack
with OZ4.5 upgrade
£202.50 £40.50 £243.00
French German Spanish Swedish
Cambridge Z88
Starter Pack
£157.50 £31.50 £189.00

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Z88 Hardware
Description Price VAT Total
Cable - Mac Archimedes £15.00 £3.00 £18.00
Cable - Modem £10.00 £2.00 £12.00
Cable - Printer (Parallel) £34.00 £6.80 £40.80
Cable - Printer (Serial) £5.00 £1.00 £6.00
Carrying case £6.95 £1.39 £8.34
EPROM Eraser £16.67 £3.33 £20.00
Flash EPROM (1M) £45.83 £9.17 £55.00

Flash EPROM (512K) / 512K RAM

£49.17 £9.83 £59.00
EPROM Eraser
£16.67
£3.33
£20.00
EPROM pack (32K) NONE LEFT
EPROM pack (128K) £25.00 £5.00 £30.00
EPROM pack (256K) £49.17 £9.83 £59.00
Mains Adapter (220v) £8.95 £1.79 £10.74
Modem 300/1200-software & cable £25.00 £5.00 £30.00
Modem £10.00 £2.00 £12.00
Power Supply (90-264v) £12.50 £2.50 £15.00
RAM pack (1M) (low power)
£49.16
£9.84
£59.00
RAM pack (1M) (CC)
£40.83 £8.17 £49.00
RAM pack (512K)£37.50£7.50£45.00
RAM pack (128K) £20.83 £4.17 £25.00
Topper - Heavy Duty Version Out of Stock


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