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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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  • Chris Templar Jul 26, 2006

    p.s..all settings and operator panel works great, and the board works fine as far as connecting to the as400. It was receiving print jobs, just prints them in jibberish.

  • Chris Templar Jul 28, 2006

    I now took a similar model and disconnected the printer board and then re-connected it. It too is now printing in gibberish. Seems like either there is a setting that I am missing in the manual that needs to be enabled or a setup issue ie: cable backwards. Anyone run into this? Thanks Sin



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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.

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