asked Jun 24, 2003 at 6:12am
Apple Apple StyleWriter II

streaks on Apple Laserwriter II NT

I acquired this printer for next to nothing & notices that whenever I printed a page or 2, ther was always 3 or 4 horizontal lines and some smudging whenever I printed. The printer always printed the complete text but the smudging and lines were always a problem. I noticed that the toner was full (by the weight) and had some labels showing last change in 1995. Thought nothing of this and tried to clean the rollers with alcohol as best as I could and even later discovered from my local Staples a product from Kensington called "Paper Guardian Paper Path Cleaning Sheets". After printing a blank page 5-6 times on each sheet the 3 horizontal lines would appear on each sheet and in the same places with some smuding in exactly the same places on each sheet. Now I know that the rollers are clean, would it be obvious that the toner is the villain and if I invest in a complete toner assembly that this issue will be solved?


Ew. Never clean rubber with alcohol unless you want it to get dry and brittle.

Most printing artifacts are caused by the toner cartridge. Easy way to tell... initiate a print, and stop it part-way through. Now look at the drum. Do you see the artifacts there?

Cartridges for the NT are fairly cheap, but it's an old, slow, non-expandable printer. Think twice about whether you want to use it.

That being said, you can upgrade it to any of the later LaserWriter II's (the NTX, the F, or the G) just by swapping formatter boards.
by unknown on Jun 24, 2003 at 1:19pm Add comment
I assume that what you mean by printing artifacts is the excess powdered toner left on the printing drum (the big one that gets magnetized??this is my first laser printer) and you're not referring to the roller which comes with the toner cartridge? The latter always has a little toner left on it when you take out the toner cartridge and spin that roller. Looks like a change of toner cartridge will solve everything after I examine the drum?
I got this printer for less than $10 but once I solve the artifact issue it would be nice to consider expanding? Would a change of motherboard?? to a NTX give me more than just more onboard RAM as an option such as more fonts? For a printer that old would the NTX give the same ports namely MAC serial Appletalk and maybe IBM Parallel? Is there nothing else possible on this old technology like a USB port? Sorry I'm dreaming.

Thanks for your help

by unknown on Jun 25, 2003 at 4:15am Add comment
The only drum in the printer is the one in the toner cartridge.

I'm not sure what you want in terms of fonts... even the NT supports the standard 35 PostScript fonts. Anything else you need you can download to it.

The main reasons you might want to replace the formatter board are memory expansion and processor speed.

No formatter board will give you a parallel port on the LaserWriter II. The IIg will give you ethernet. You can see the capabilities of the various available formatter boards via the specifications section of Apple's web site.

Why would you want USB on a laser printer?
by unknown on Jun 25, 2003 at 6:46pm Add comment
For usb connect to serial port use the AsanteTalk Ethernet to LocalTalk Bridge cable adapter kit available from any good Mac dealer for under $200. You can jack it into your hub or switch and use your old NT on the G3 or G4 Macs.
by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2003 at 9:20am Add comment