Sinclair Computers Discussion

This blog is intended to provide a discussion for all things linked with Sinclair computers (the ZX80, ZX81, Spectrum, QL and Cambridge Z88). RWAP Software provide support for all of these computers and we welcome your comments.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Were printers ever easy?

A recent request from a customer has brought some frustration my way I must admit. He wanted a colour printer to use with his ZX Spectrum and Sinclair QL so I provided the Epson Stylus Colour 850. After a little soul searching, I came up with how to print a screen dump in colour from the QL - you need Toolkit II and a small program SDUMP_REXT (the SDUMP commands are already built into the Trump Card, Gold Card and Super Gold Card).

Easy if a little slow - now you just do
LRESPR mdv1_sdump_rext
SDP_DEV ser1
SDUMP 512,256,0,0

and hey presto.

However, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a different kettle of fish. I have tried numerous interfaces, including the PlusD's built in centronics interface, and all I seem to get is black and white screen dumps. I am told that I may need to find some more software, but looking on the worldofspectrum archives, cannot find anything suitable for any of the 6 different printer interfaces I have, including the Kempston one. Maybe I am just missing the manual for the ZX LPRINT III or maybe it's that no-one ever produced a colour screen dump for an Epson printer to run on the ZX Spectrum.

Come on - someone must know something and managed this in the past !!


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