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Personal Pageprinter Base Card P/N 67X6886
Scans of the Personal Pageprinter Adapter /A was provided by Helmut
P. Einfalt who found out how big my mailbox really is...
Personal Pageprinter Adapter - This adapter provides a 10 MHz M68000 coprocessor and program and page buffer storage that are designed to provide page formatting and printer control for the 4216 Personal Pageprinter Model 020
o Contains 0.5Mb program and 2.0Mb page buffer storage
o Contains 16Kb EPROM including diagnostics and loader
o Intended use is as a loadable PostScript(1) interpreter, page formatter and printer controller.
Personal Pageprinter Adapter Licensed Program
4216-020 Personal Pageprinter
The Personal Pageprinter is a compact, table top, page printer capable of printing up to 6 pages per minute. The special serial video interface allows the printer to be coupled with the host system, with a large portion of what is normally regarded as printer function residing in the IBM Personal Pageprinter Adapter.
Parts for the 4216-020
"LP Kit A", RSU # 10274884, Drum, cleaning unit, shield plate, shield
plate cleaner, $199.99
This stuff's listed on page 286 of their "2000 Answers" catalog.
>OK, time to ask another leading question- WHAT is the 4216 equivalent to?
Basically it is equivalent to the Ricoh-6000 printer engine. That thing was sold to many OEMs and marketed as Siemens HighPrint-8 or Ricoh 6000 or Brother (? Forgot the number). The IBM spare parts (cleaner unit, toner package, fuser cleaner etc.) have orange-red "handles", while the "original" parts had light-green ones. (Attention: trivia !) Exception: the little wrench coming with each toner kit was always light-green :-)
In Germany they sold
First off: the 4216-020 is only a "raw engine" without any internal intelligence. It has a high-speed interface that gets the raster (pixel) data from the external card and sends back "sync"-signals and mechanism error-data like e.g. paper jam / ready / internal engine errors.
The entire Postscript interpreter and a very "generic" IBM Proprinter emulation was done by the Postscript Adapter as well as the raw data preprocessing. The signals sent to the printer engine are similar to a video signal: line-wise, with "start line" / "end line" protocol. The picture is generated and buffered on the adapter - not in the printer. In addition the Postscript interpreter are downloaded from the host system to the card at startup. The software also determines the printerport (EPT: or LPTx-emulation). All these components are kept variable - which should make the change / upgrade easier and you could choose which one to load - or not to load to save some memory for an application. Remember: the OS was originally PC-DOS 3.30 !
But after some time when RAM prices fell into the bottomless this sort of architecture became obsolete. No need to keep the expensive memory out of the machine - consequently the next version had Emulation, fonts, Postscript and the raster memory (the "graphic engine") all in the printer.
The Ricoh 6000 now differs to the 4216-*010* through the emulation(s) it had, the internal fontsets and some base control commands / error codes. Both however used "font cardridges" for other fonts than the standard (Courier) or a "loadable font module" - sort of plug-on RAM with a download software. The Ricoh (and the Siemens variant) came with a HP Emulation cartridge, that allowed to use generic HP LaserJet+ drivers with these printers. The IBM 4216 had the LJ+ emulation already built in, default emulation was the IBM (9-wire !) Proprinter 4101. IIRC the original Ricoh emulated a standard ESC-p (Epson MX80 compatible) printer and needed to have the emulation cartridge.
Peter in Germany
And, lest someone ask, the 4216 "PERSONAL Page Printer" had absolutely nothing in common with the 3812 and 3816 Pageprinters from the IBM Pennant Division, which were much larger heavy duty monsters. (I've got a 3812 also. It takes two people to lift it.)
Also, the 4216 had built-in Adobe Postscript support, which the original HP Laserjet -and most of the other Canon CX-engined printers except the Apple LW and QMS810 - lacked.
Unfortunately, the Ricoh 6000 engine never gained the reputation for long-term reliability or ease-of-service that the Canon CX engine enjoyed.
Sounds great, until you actually try to do it. The product announcement people were writing checks that the product development people couldn't cash.
And, if you read the original OS/2 2.x announcements and supported-hardware list, you'l find a claim that the 4216-020 was supported. It wasn't. The parallel version (-030) was, but not the -020. We spent over a month going round-and-round with Lexmark and IBM over it, coming *this* close to a lawsuit. The bad taste left over from that particular battle is 90% of why we dropped OS/2 in favor of DOS/Win/Novell for a corporate-wide platform.
4216-020 Supported by Image Adapter/A with
Printer/Scanner Option HERE
1. This is only applicable for the "Image Adapter /A" - not the Image-I-Adapter.
2. You need the "Printer / Scanner Feature Card" FRU 07F4403 and the "Printer / Scanner Y-Cable" FRU 07F4417. Probably the "Memory Module DRAM" (Kit) 07F44407.
The Y-cable connects to the IBM 3117 Scanner on the one side and to the 4216-020 "Raw Engine" on the other port. However: the driver support was rather poor (Win 3.0 / 3.1 and OS/2 up to 2.0 only IIRC). Have seen this combo at a customer once (back in 1991 or so) but never worked with it nor serviced it.
Peter in Germany
By Mark Chapman and Jeff Dean
(From The IBM Advisor, the technical newsletter for IBM dealers; 1Q 1990)
4216 Personal Pageprinter as HP LaserJet Plus
IBM 4216 as PostScript Serial
1. Set all printer DIP switches "down" (configuration mode).
4216 Printer under W95
The tortured hand-to-byte combat for the W95 stuff below was done by Helmut P. Einfalt
How to save money on PostScript printing by using the 4216 Personal Pageprinter and the Postscript Adapter /A!
***Why I did it***
Well, it took me seven hours, three installs, and tons of paper as well as almost a gallon of coffee...
Well, its cheap. The printer comes in for next to nothing
(dumpster diving!), and toner cartridges are at some 10-12 EUR (or virtually
the same in USD) over here. Since the printing engine is a Ricoh 6000,
the toner cartridges for that one (and similar photocopiers etc) will work
The adapter, OTOH, is more of a problem. Quite often
the printers -- they used to be ubiquitous in corporate environments --
were scrapped simply for the one reason that the adapter ceased to work
(bad case) or because they gave up MicroChannel altogether (good case).
The adapter as such is a fat sandwich of two MCA cards (one populated with
logic, the other with memory chips ) held together by multi-plug sockets
on three sides and two dabs of hot-melt glue. If you can manage to get
a couple of these adapters (ADF: @EFF6) you might just pluck the sandwiches
apart and try different combinations -- out of three reportedly dead sandwiches,
normally one pair should work... Most likely, the plastic foil on the back
of the card will be missing -- it was nothing but a sheet of transparent
plastic like they use for presentation folders -- easy to make, and easier
still to cut your fingers with it (I know, I did...).
Personal Pageprinter Software
You'll need the "PS/2 PostScript Adapter for IBM 4216 Diagnostics Diskette" (which is the standard "Option" disk and contains nothing but the ADF and DGF), as well as 9 (nine!) software disks:
-- the PostScript Adapter Program disks PPDISK1--PPDISK3
-- the Adobe Format Screen Fonts for the Personal Pageprinter PPASF1--PPASF3
-- the Windows Format Screen Fonts for the (etc.) PPWSF1--PPWSF3
At least the option disk, the PPDisks and the PPASFs are a must. Even if you don't run Win3x, you're on the safer side if you have all ten of them ready -- IIRC the DOS-batchfile-controlled setup program is a bit finicky about what it wants.
Can't remember having seen the whole pack at IBM's FTP, but if anyone needs them I can offer the German Version or (even better) maybe a plain-vanilla installed version ZIP with only the necessary files in their correct directories (anyone want to host it on their homepages?). I'd love to get the English version of the disks just for completeness...
With that, you've got a True Blue machine with a True Blue Printer that does PostScript as long as you don't ask too much -- printing at a gentle pace, that's what it is. But then -- for only a few dollars....
System and DOS Setup
Set up the 4216 Adapter /A and Pageprinter combo under DOS as usual (if you've got it running Win3.11, the better).
First, check setup -- the card should be set to port *three* (dunny why, I found that Win95 choked on port 4 and decided there was no more LPT1 on the machine at all)... Ed. If you look at the adf, port 3 is at the standard 378-37B address.
Second: Make sure that PPEPT.SYS is loaded in the Config.sys and that the other drivers are loaded via Autoexec.bat as stated below.
Make sure that you have a
statement in your path line, else you're in for a lot of surprises.
When you run memmaker under DOS (which is commendable in order to have enough memory under 640k for the first part of the installation process), answer "Yes" to the question whether EMS is used, else you're in for a system choke later on.
Since loading the adapter at every restart is kind of a bore, you might set up a DOS menu with
and add sections in config.sys and autoexec.bat accordingly.
In Config.sys you'll need a header
and [NoPrinter] each heading in Config.sys, and some kindof
-- goto %config%
section in Autoexec.bat.
Parameters for PPSTART.BAT will depend on personal preferences (print test page yes/no etc.).
It is important that the PPEPT1.SYS be loaded in every
case (i.e. it should be in the [common] part, else Win95 will push it somewhere
or nowhere...) While it was possible to start the whole Printer configuration
and font loading process under DOS and Win3x at any time, with Win95 it
is a must to load PPTSR *before* the Windows GUI comes up -- failing to
do so I twide ended up with a nice Protection Error and the resulting BSOD...
When everything is done, install Win95. Don't care about the printer in the first place, simply try to get the program installed. Once it is up and running, you will want to add a printer. Procedure is standard, selection "IBM/Lexmark" and "Personal Pageprinter II-30". The Driver comes up without a hitch, and that's where your problems will begin. DON'T try to print a test page, as the program suggests -- it won't work.
Once the printer is installed, go to the printer's "Properties"
menu and do the following:
Create Shortcut to \pp\ppctl.exe
Last step (and you've been rebooting quite a few times in the meanwhile):
EPT is *not* used (nor is EPT.DOS) to hook up the printer -- but for sure EPT is used internally. Trying the former port always ended with something sending some data to the printer without ever any output (EPT seems to be an equivalent to >NUL), while the latter produced a flood of PostScript code in 100% Courier.... Actually, the data directed to LPT1.DOS is intercepted by the card and handed over to the printer in a piecemeal fashion.
As soon as I was there, I was not only close to a neervous breakdown, but also close to success...
I added a "shared" statement and tried it from another machine across the network -- and voilà: it still worked.
It works fine as long as you load the drivers when firing up the machine, and PPCTL is running in a little DOS-box under Win95 (creating a desktop shortcut with a nice icon is an good idea...)
Hope someone can do something with that info.... There is virtually nothing around about these cards, and what little info I have is German.......
Helmut P. Einfalt
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