asked Mar 10, 2003 at 2:29pm
Apple Apple StyleWriter Pro

LaserWriter Pro 630

My wife and I have had a Pro 630 for 10 years and it has given reliable performance. We have it networked to two computers. Two days ago, while printing, the Ready light no longer flashed but glowed steady, and the computer displayed a "paper out" error message. Subsequently, the "paper out" and "Paper jam" lights glowed steady. But there was paper in the tray and no paper jam.
The User's guide indicated to contact our local authorized Apple Dealer.
I would like to "repair" it on my own, but I am wondering whether this is a condition others have experienced, properly diagnosed and repaired.
Does the printer do an engine test? See our troubleshooting page for location.
by moe on Mar 10, 2003 at 4:19pm Add comment
I found the test print slot and initiated it. The printout showed a dark page with vertical lines.
by Jerry on Mar 11, 2003 at 8:30am Add comment
I believe you said "I think I advised you to do an engine test and if that worked,
it was a bad formatter board." With my earlier reply, do you still believe the formatter board is the culprit? If so, do you sell replacement boards?
by Jerry on Mar 11, 2003 at 5:28pm Add comment
Have the same problem - (the 3 lights: power, paper out, and paper jam on constant), though is this "formatter board" you speak of the "I/O board" or the "DC controller board" ? (from the apple service cd 1.0)

This error occurs on multiple ALWP 630 "I/O" boards (logic boards? the ones that contain the ram slots) on every printer i try them on (though the printer prints a test page with lines perfectly fine from a board that says LWP 600).

Have multiple printers from the trash i'm trying to make work for my school (hartsfield elementary, in tallahassee, fl) so i have quite alot of parts. However, they are useless to me if they don't work ;)

The 4 boards in question say "Laserwriter Pro 630" on them, but i have sucessfully swiched parts from the 600 and 630 (same models).

If anyone can help me on this, i would appreciate it very much :D

(Will continue to search thru the archives here - thanks for keeping this site up, it has helped me alot in the past!! )

nick pytel
by unknown on Oct 17, 2003 at 2:37pm Add comment
Well, after purusing thru all the archives (ack) i found they pretty much say the same thing.

So, i changed the scsi id to 4, nothing happened, though the power light is on, the other two went off.
Changed it back to 0 (for appletalk) and the lights came back on. (1, 3, & 4).

I'm guessing the "formatter board" is the "I/O" board, which i saw is too hard to fix / trobleshoot, so i guess i will continue to look for some in the district's trash can.

by nick on Oct 17, 2003 at 3:12pm Add comment
The formatter is the large board with the i/o ports on it. The DC controller is the small board it plugs into. The 600 and 630 are the same printers except for the formatter board. You are free to interchange all components on them. The engine test will test every part of the printer except for the formatter board. If you get a lined test print, then the formatter board has to be the problem.
by moe on Oct 19, 2003 at 1:56pm Add comment