asked Jan 14, 2007 at 5:54am
Apple Apple StyleWriter Pro

Apple LaserWriter Pro 630 has stopped printing

Was working fine in the AM, tried to print in the PM and got a "Printer not Responding" error. No changes to the printer, network or computer. It powers on fine goes through its startup noises and then the green ready light stays on, the amber toner low light stays on and the amber paper tray empty light stays on. The toner is near new and the paper tray is full. The printer can not be seen on the network or if plugged directly to my PowerBook via Ethernet. (Applertalk is on.) I can print a test page from the test button inside the single page feed door and get a page full of straight lines. I can't see the printer with Laserwriter Utility so I can't turn on the start up page or print a test page.

I have read here that if you set the push button switch on the back to "4" it will print a start up page on power up. The only number I see on the back is the SCSI ID number for attaching an external hard drive. Is there another switch internally that will print a start up page?

Also, other problems similar to mine indicate a bad formatter board. I can't find one of those listed for the Pro 630 on the site. Any idea where to find one (or am I just missing it?) if that is the problem?

Thank you for any suggestions/ideas! She has been a great printer and I hate to lose her!

Definitely a bad formatter board. Don't know where to get one of those. You might find one on piratEbay.
by moe on Jan 14, 2007 at 8:58am Add comment
Thanks Moe, that was fast!

I found an I/O board with RAM installed on ebay. Same thing as the formatter board?

Thanks again! - bigvoice
Yes, hope it works.
by moe on Jan 14, 2007 at 11:14am Add comment
Thanks again, Moe.

I will let you know if it works. One more question, any idea what would cause the board to fail?

The printer is inside a cabinet with pretty good airflow but it is on most of the time so heat could be an issue. When I get it fixed I'd like to get another 14 years! of service. (That's assuming the iPhone hasn't eliminated the need for paper by then :-)

Thanks again for your time and help.


- bigvoice