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Commodore MPS-802
Type: Dot-Matrix Printer
Producer: Commodore
Price: ?
Released: 1984
Discontinued: 198?
Info: Predecessor: MPS-801
Follower: MPS-803

Naming[edit | edit source]

The original name of the printer was VIC-1526 resp. 1526.
Both printers MPS-802 and VIC-1526 are identical except for the labels on the front and back.

Technical Data[edit | edit source]

  • Print method: Matrix print (Impact Dot Matrix)
  • Print method: Bidirectional print
  • Dot-Matrix: 8×8-Dots
  • Row length: Max. 80 Columns
  • Row distance: 6 Z/inch in char mode, 9 Z/inch in graphics mode (1 inch = 2.54 cm)
  • Print speed: 60 chars/sec.
  • Paper transport: Tractor
  • Paper width: 4.5 to 10 inch (8.5 inch without tractor index paper)
  • Copies/carbon copies: Original + 3 carbon copies
  • Ink-ribbon type: 629
  • Graphics: Dot matrix, 8 vertical dots/column, 640 dots horizontal
  • Interface: 2×serial IEC-Bus
  • CPU: MOS 6504

Device Number[edit | edit source]

The device number is set to 4 by default. It can be changed via jumpers on the PCB from 4 to 11.

Other[edit | edit source]

The Commodore printer CBM 4023 resp. 4023 is mechanically identical to the MPS 802, but has an IEEE-488-interface instead of the serial IEC-interface.

For the MPS-802, two extensions are known. The first, called SUPER-ROM, was published in the German magazine 64'er. The MPS-802 has 9 needles, the hardware can operate only 8 of them. So there is also a little hardware modification necessary. In addition to some bugfixes the printer knows now 8 ESC/P-commands for graphic printing. The second one is the GRAFIK-ROM II and was available for 78,- DM. It contains support for 19 MPS-801 commands and 3 ESC/P commands for graphic printing.

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