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sct is currently offline  sct
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Date: Thu, 7-Mar-85 15:03:59 EST
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  Yesterday I almost bought the Blue Chip printer at LaBelle's.   The price
was $239.00.  When I asked for the interface for a C64 they said they didn't
have any an couldn't tell me when then would get any in stock.  I subsequently
did not buy the printer.
  I have since looked at other printers and have found that the Gemini 10x
has a successor, the Gemini SG 10.  Has anyone purchased one of these?
From what I read the new printer has a "near letter quality" mode plus a
2K print buffer.  It supposedly has all of the other features of the old
Gemini 10X.
  I also bought the Cardoco +G interface.  Are most people out there who have 
this interface happy with it?
  I will summarize replies to the net.
Re: New printers for c64 [message #113886 is a reply to message #113876] Tue, 17 September 2013 14:53 Go to previous message
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Date: Sun, 10-Mar-85 19:32:42 EST
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> I also bought the Cardco +G interface.  Is everyone else who bought
> one of these happy with it?

I bought one of these, and I am very UNhappy with it.  I am using it with
an Epson MX80, so my experience may not be applicable to the Gemini.
Printing any kind of graphics takes *f*o*r*e*v*e*r* (that includes the
Comodore special characters, anything that is not standard ASCII) because
it does continuous forward-backward shuttling of the print head back and
forth.  This beats the print mechanism to death, and takes about 45-50
seconds for every single line of print.  Also, for all potential Epson/Cardco
users out there, you absolutely MUST have Graftrax+ to run this:  The original
Graftrax will not work for anything but straight ASCII text, though the
Cardco people will swear up and down that you don't need Graftrax+. 

Personally, if I knew now what I knew then, I would look for something else.
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