asked Nov 2, 2009 at 4:22pm
Apple Apple StyleWriter Pro

Need format board for Apple Laserwriter Pro 630

I am trying to help out a friend who is a teacher working with donated equipment. She has a lightly-used Apple Laserwriter Pro 630 which stopped printing. The print engine test works fine. Based on other messages on this board, I believe she needs a new format board. Does anyone know where I can purchase one? I don't see any offered by fixyourownprinter.com. Thanks!
You could take your chances on eBay. The boards haven't been made in years. One other option would be to bake the board in an oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. You bake it component side up. Support the corners on a baking sheet using crumpled aluminum foil balls. You have nothing to lose since the board is toast anyways. There have been hundreds of formatter boards fixed on this forum using this method. They have been for other models, but like I said, you have nothing to lose.
by moe on Nov 3, 2009 at 8:36am Add comment
Thanks Moe for this suggestion. Which board is the "format board"? I looked in the service manual on your site, and it lists several boards:
· LaserWriter Pro 630 I/O Board
· DC Controller Board
· Pickup Controller Board
· Pickup Sensor Board
· High-Voltage Power Supply
· Envelope Feeder Controller Board
· Sheet Feeder Controller Board
but none are called a "format board". Which of these is it?
by unknown on Nov 3, 2009 at 5:02pm Add comment
Remove right side of printer. Formatter board (logic board) is inside that metal box. I'm guessing that's the I/O board since the formatter also contains the connectors to the computer.
by moe on Nov 3, 2009 at 5:52pm Add comment
OK I opened the right side panel and I see two boards:
a large one about 8.5" x 9" which is attached to the metal "cover"
a small one about 3" x 5" which has many cables & connectors on it
Which one did you mean?
by TeachersFriend on Nov 3, 2009 at 7:09pm Add comment
The large one. The small one is the DC controller board. Check this thread that deals with "baking" http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/laser/48992
I baked a defective formatter from a 4650 color laser with my dinner tonight. I'll install it and check it at my client's tomorrow.
by moe on Nov 3, 2009 at 8:51pm Add comment