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IBM 4230 with new printer board is printing gibberish

I purchased a new printer board for my IBM 4230-102 IPDS printer. The original board was giving a operator panel failure and we tracked back to a printer board. The board was easy to install. However when trying to print it comes out as gibberish, almost looks like a partially formed word. I had another board sent to me hoping that this other was broken, and still the same thing after 2 boards. I have checked all the settings and made sure they were exactly the same as all of the other 4230's here. I checked cables, tried another print head, and even placed the board in another printer and it still is doing the same. Has anyone run into this before? Thanks Sin

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Re: IBM 4230 with new printer board is printing gibberish

If it prints, but it is gargabe, either the cable has a set of pins crossed or the Baud rate is incorrect on the card.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007

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If you have any question on how to do any of the above, I can supply you with free technical support as long as parts that are requested are ordered from us.

I carry all parts necessary to fix your printer. We also offer in house repairs if the job seems too much. Please contact me back if you have any question.


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I am a little confused on what you are trying to do. From what I know, a 4230-101 printer is a Twinax version not a coax. Might you have a 4230-201? That would be a Coax version. Also if you are trying to go from one interface to another and have a lower level machine 1 series or 2 then it’s going to require you to change out a lot of parts. You have a few different options if you need serial. They make a 4232-302 which is a serial/ parallel printer or a 4230-4I3 or 4S3 which is a twinax serial and parallel printer your choice of IPDS or not.

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