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Apple LaserWriter Pro 630
Black & White laser printer, max. 600x600 dpi, works Perfectly
Recommended Driver: Postscript (Home page, View PPD, directly download PPD)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, no spooler


Contrib URL: http://saf.bio.caltech.edu/pub/software/linux_or_unix_tools/pap_backend_with_cups.txt


Works with no hassle as generic Postscript parallel printer.

Works slightly faster over ethernet, but requires an AAUI to 10baseT adaptor on the printer, and the netatalk package installed.

To use as an Appletalk printer under LPRng (RedHat 7.x), configure with printtool as a local printer attached to /dev/null, then edit $spooldir/general.cfg and change PRINTER_TYPE=ATALK, and create a file in the spooldir called ".paprc" containing the Appletalk name of the printer (the default is "Laserwriter"). Contrary to the netatalk HOWTO, comments in this file will screw things up (because of dumb code in LPRng's master filter).

With CUPS (RedHat 9), install David Mathog's pap backend driver (http://saf.bio.caltech.edu/pub/software/linux_or_unix_tools/pap) into /usr/lib/cups/backend. Change the paths to pap and psf to "/usr/bin/pap" and "/usr/sbin/psf" respectively (not /usr/local/(s)bin), and chmod 755 it. Then use CUPS's web-based config. Or use RedHat printconf to create a local printer on /dev/null, then edit the DeviceURI in /etc/cups/printers.conf to read "pap://Laserwriter". If you have several Laserwiters, read the real instructions for the pap backend at http://saf.bio.caltech.edu/pub/software/linux_or_unix_tools/pap_backend_with_cups.txt

Changing the AppleTalk name, setting resolution (300dpi or 600pdi) and enable/disabling test-page-at-power-up needs a Mac (or in my case, an Amiga with ShapeShifter - maybe MOL works, or UAE+Shapeshifter, but I don't know if they support device-level access to the network card) and Apple's printer control software (available from ftp.apple.com).

Thanks to Duncan Gibb (linuxprinting at duncangibb dot com) for these comments.

Consumables/Refills: Toner units US$50-60, UKP30-40, life about 6000 pages


The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

Postscript  (driver home page)
You need to set the "mode switch" on the printer to a Postscript (as opposed to an HP-PCL) mode. Mode 0 works fine.
This driver is free software.
Type: PostScript
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD