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Commodore MPS-1230 printer [3]

I did some tests with a Commodore 128. It prints listings fine. Printing from GEOS works good, even graphical prints. The aspect ratio is off, but that may be a driver problem. Printing from GEOS in NLQ leaves out all spaces. Will also be a driver problem I guess.

All in all I am very pleased with the MPS-1230.

Commodore MPS-1230 printer [2]

The printer arrived today. It does the selftest, but the needles sometimes stick. After a few selftests this was resolved. Now I don't get any characters on paper because the ribbon is dry. The supplied spare one is dry also. So the next step is to get some good inkribbons!

To temporarily revive the ribbon I used some WD40 as stated on some websites and I can confirm that this does work!

Found these ribbons at the online Staples store. It's the same ribbon as for the Olivetti DM 100 printer. The Olivetti product id. is 82556. So I ordered three of these.

Commodore MPS-1230 printer [1]

I tried some HP Deskjet printers to use with my 8-bit Commodore and Amiga computers. Only one did work on an Amiga. For the 8-bit computers I had a serial to parallel interface, but it seems that it's dead.

I found a Commodore MPS-1230 9-needle printer that has both serial and parallel interfaces. I did not yet receive this printer and I will keep you informed if it works.