asked Sep 14, 2001 at 12:02pm
Apple Apple StyleWriter II

Apple Laserwriter IIntx--life expectancy?

I received a hand-me-down Apple II upgraded to a IINTX. It has a page count of 422k, which seems high to me. I'm trying to decide if it's worth the approx. $100 (a lot when I'm on unemployment) to keep it working. There was nothing on Apple's website about monthly volume for this printer so I can't estimate life expectancy.

Does anybody have any thoughts or experiences with this printer? Is it's life over or do they still keep cranking pages out at this age?

Maybe you should tell us what's wrong with it that would cost $100 to fix. Our most expensive kit for that is $49. As for the print engine, I've seen SX engines with over 1,000,000 copies on them. There's no reason they can't go forever.
by moe on Sep 15, 2001 at 9:00pm Add comment
From what I can tell, it probably needs two things. 1) The fuser film is peeling off the roller in a 3/4 inch wide strip. Thats $49 + $10 shipping for a fuser. 2) It won't pick up from the paper tray. It tries, but only leaves a gray smudge where the roller tried to grip. It pulls in from the manual feed slot but jams after only 1/4 inch in. It will pick up from the manual feed if I push the paper to coax it in (the only way I was able to get the test page printed). A pickup assembly is $29 + $5 shipping. Add CA tax and we're hitting a C-note.

It also seems real hot inside. I hope that doesn't mean something else is wrong.

I'm glad to hear this printer can be a workhorse. Thanks for your comments!


by Rosemary on Sep 16, 2001 at 5:40pm Add comment
If it makes you feel any better, if you order 2 kits you only pay the higher shipping charge. If you were to bring it to someone for repair, it would easily cost you twice that much. Three times as much at an authorized Apple repair facility. The getting hot part is probably a seized upper fan. That's usually just a matter of putting some lubricant on the brass fan bushing.
by moe on Sep 16, 2001 at 6:26pm Add comment
Thanks, Moe. Every buck counts. I know it would cost a small fortune in a repair shop.

What type of lubricant goes on the brass fan bushing? Other messages mention teflon and silicon. Are these interchangeable? Is WD-40 one of those?

PS--This is the most informative and easiest to use web site I've encountered. Keep up the good work for us newbies! :)
by Rosemary on Sep 17, 2001 at 5:50pm Add comment
It really doesn't matter what you use on that bushing. To get to it, you just pull on the rubber grommet on the side of the fan. The bushing will probably be stuck on the shaft. Pry it off and clean the shaft and lube it. Pop the bushing and grommet back on.
by moe on Sep 18, 2001 at 10:00am Add comment
Moe, now I really screwed up. I replaced the pickup roller (already had ordered elsewhere, to my regret now because I would have liked the video instructions), and then the pickup worked fine, but the test page was blank. I looked up "blank pages" and a message said to try tweaking the connectors on DC controller board and I found the picture of the board. I didn't know where that was exactly so I guessed it was inside the silver box near the end of the pickup shaft where I thought maybe I bumped something loose. I unscrewed several screws but couldn't get inside that thing, so I put them back and closed up the machine. Now I have no power, no lights, no warmup hum, nothing, nada, zip, zero. After that I looked further and found a message that said to flip the machine over to get to the controller board; of course that is too late now that I messed things up. This is just going from bad to worse. DID I JUST KILL MY MACHINE? I am unbelievably bummed and dejected.

by Rosemary on Sep 20, 2001 at 2:03am Add comment