asked Dec 2, 2004 at 7:48pm
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Aged NEC SilentWriter LC-890

I "inherited" this ancient Postscript Page Printer from an uncle who was cleaning house. It appears to be in sound condition, although it has not bee in use in years.

I wanted to give it a try to humor myself, but it appears that the toner is either out or in such bad shape as to convince the printer it is out. Is it worth my trying a new cartridge? I imagine that I would also have to purchase a fuser, or "drum unit", or something of that nature, as well? The combination might be too costly IMHO. What is your take?
We have a TV programme in UK called "Scrap Heap Challenge" where contestants have to make a working machine from redundant and scrap parts. Very few of the machines work.

Do you get my drift?

by Trev Pearson on Dec 2, 2004 at 10:59pm Add comment
I honestly haven't seen a working one in almost 10 years. Those were POSs when they were brand new. Do an "Office Space" on it.
by jon on Dec 2, 2004 at 11:18pm Add comment
Yeah, I just inherited one last week with two "new" extra drums too.

300dpi, good enough for text. Lots of toner. Dunno if it is clumped.

Powered it up, and the LCD screen says "Online". Thing is, it is a PC only printer and I run only MACS !!

It's with a friend now. Will keep you posted if it prints OK.
by tscotom on Dec 8, 2005 at 11:45pm Add comment
I seem to remember it's a postscript printer. It should work with a Mac, although I can't remember what the i/o connectors on it were. 15 years ago when it came out, it was the cheapest postscript printer available. I am seriously amazed it is still working. I haven't worked on one in probably 10 years.
by moe on Dec 9, 2005 at 9:07am Add comment
I have had one running for the last six years plus. Perhaps one of the best printing units on the planet. The problem today is that drums no longer seem to be available or are too old to maintain quality. If you have access to supplies (for us), I can help you make yours run direct off a PC (through XP) or as a network printer.
by Jake Barns on Apr 30, 2006 at 8:45pm Add comment
I had a couple of brand new drums for it. Doubt the wiper blades would be any good since the drums are probably 10 years old. Don't know if I tossed them or not. Probably did since I never figured anyone would want them. I can't believe there's any of them still running and anyone has that high an opinion of them. I always hated working on them and didn't think very much of them as a printer. But hey, what do I know? I just fix them.
by moe on Apr 30, 2006 at 11:32pm Add comment
Silentwriter 890s are working fine. I have 4 working units that have been working since 1990 with a few problems. Mostly jams and feed problems. I have been able to find wipers and toner but no OPC drums. I would like to find a company that will recoat the drums. I have 2 parts units that I am willing to share if anyone needs used repair parts. ,,,gary
by gp_music on Jun 11, 2006 at 6:19am Add comment
Hi Guy

I also have an old lc800 printer.
I have some HP deskjet and laserjet printers, but when these goes wrong I take the LC800 ant it works fine.

by végyé on Dec 17, 2006 at 9:52am Add comment
I have an OPC drum for this printer. In original package but old stock. Printer was best I ever had. If you want it let me know.
by unknown on Jan 22, 2012 at 3:00pm Add comment