By and large, you will find many more 1520s with this problem than without. If you plan to make a hobby of playing with these things, I would personally recommend getting out the superglue and practicing a little home repair. In the early days of eBay, I ran into a fellow whose off-hours hobby was buying 1520s off eBay, repairing the little gears, and selling them again. :) Back then, they fetched around$65.00 working! - Bo > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org > [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Ethan Dicks > Sent: Friday, December 14, 2001 4:16 PM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: RE: CBM Printer History /compatibility > > > --- Bo Zimmerman <email@example.com> wrote: > > I should've posted this before. Here is the posting from comp.sys.cbm: > > --------------------------------------------- > > Believe it or not radio shack does sell the printer plotter pens for the > > 1520 plotter. > > In case you happen to have any Atari stuff running around - it's the same > plotter engine in their plotter, too. > > Anyone have any hints on how to get replacement gears? I have a 1520 and > an Atari plotter, both. One has a cracked small gear so that it can't > reliably move the paper up and down - the gear spins on the shaft because > it can't properly grip it. If I had a parts-breakdown, I'd reference the > part number on a 1520 service manual (but that's one of the few things I > _don't_ have a manual for). > > It doesn't look like anything magical, as long as the shaft > diameter matches > (probably something like 1/8" or 1/10" and the number of teeth and the > diameter (have to check/count). I suppose a well-stocked hobby > shop (like the > ones that model-train-building-buffs frequent) might be able to fix me up. > > I got pens (fresh in the tube from the Rat Shack when they still sold them > over the counter) and paper (got the last two packs from store around the > corner, years ago) - got no grip. :-( > > Was there a 1520 test/install disk? I got mine used. I did > write a program > in BASIC to plot mathematical functions - I used it as a graphic > in the middle > of a sheet for the code numbers for Infocom's "Starcross" - still have the > program. I would like to crank out a couple more examples. > > I look forward to throwing it up against the emulator someone > here mentioned > recently. I always did like the 1520; I even used it as my > primary printer > for a few months - I would use it for hardcopy of disassembly of > M/L routines > when I was reverse-engineering Zork. Obviously, I printed as little as > possible. :-) > > -ethan > > > ===== > Visit "The Seventh Continent" > http://penguincentral.com/penguincentral.html > > __________________________________________________ > Do You Yahoo!? > Check out Yahoo! Shopping and Yahoo! Auctions for all of > your unique holiday gifts! Buy at http://shopping.yahoo.com > or bid at http://auctions.yahoo.com > > Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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