ApplePersonal LaserWriter 300

Language: QuickDraw (Full-page Bitmap)

Speed: 4ppm

Memory: 512K

Graphics: 300 dpi

Autorotate: N/A

Duplex: Not Available

RET: Not Available


Apple Personal LaserWriter 300 Fonts

Internal Fonts

The Personal LaserWriter 300 uses Bitmap (or TrueType) fonts. The Macintosh sends a Bitmap of each page through the serial connection to the printer. A Bitmap is a dot-by-dot "guide" to each letter or image on the page. It is created in QuickDraw, the Macintosh's internal language.

The following TrueType fonts are shipped with the Personal LaserWriter 300:

Typeface Size Variation Symbol Set
ITC Avant Garde Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
ITC Bookman Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
Chicago Scalable plain Chicago
Courier Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
Geneva Scalable plain Adobe PS
Helvetica Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
Helvetica Narrow Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
Monaco Scalable plain Adobe PS
New Century Schoolbook Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
New York Scalable plain Adobe PS
Palatino Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
Symbol Scalable plain Symbol
Times Scalable plain, italic, bold, and bold-italic Adobe PS
ITC Zapf Chancery Scalable plain Zapf Chancery
ITC Zapf Dingbats Scalable plain Dingbats

Apple Personal LaserWriter 300 Paper Handling

Unprintable Region


Left: .25 in. Top: .25 in.

Right: .25 in. Bottom: .25 in.


Left: .25 in. Top: .25 in.

Right: .25 in. Bottom: .25 in.

Note: Actual imageable area may vary depending on the application program and/or printer driver.

Continuous Feeding

Standard Tray: 100-Sheet Universal Paper Cassette

Optional Trays: There are no optional trays for the Personal LaserWriter 300

Loading the paper cassette

The universal paper cassette supplied with your printer holds up to 100 sheets of copier-weight bond paper. The paper size can be U.S. Letter, A4, U.S. Legal, or Executive.

To load the paper cassette:

1. Take the cassette out of the printer and place it on a flat surface.

If you are loading the paper cassette for the first time, remove the orange cardboard and plastic shipping inserts.

2. Adjust the sliding backstop in the cassette so it clicks into the notch for the appropriate paper size.

Be sure the backstop is in one of the notches. Setting it between notches will result in a printing error.

To change paper size, slide the paper guide in the direction of the arrow and line up the paper guide pointer with the paper size you want.

3. Insert a stack of paper that fits below the top edge of the paper bracket inside the cassette.

4. Slide the cassette into the printer.

To remove the cassette to refill it, grasp it and pull firmly straight out.

Manual Feeding

Printing paper or envelopes with the manual feed slot

If you want to use paper that is different from the paper in the cassette, you can use the manual feed slot to insert sheets one at a time as the document is printed. You can also use this slot to print on envelopes and other nonstandard paper sizes.

1. Open the document you want to print or select its icon in the Macintosh Finder.

2. Choose Print from the File menu.

3. In the Print dialog box, choose Manual Feed from the Paper Source pop-up menu.

4. Click Print.

The sheet you inserted is printed. If the document has additional pages, a message on your screen will alert you each time a new sheet is needed. To avoid paper jams, always wait for the prompt before inserting a new sheet.

5. Insert a sheet of paper or envelope as shown. Be sure to keep the page straight so it feeds correctly.

Printing on both sides of a page

Follow these steps to print a document using both sides of the paper.

1. Print the first side of the page using manual feed or the paper cassette.

2. Take out the printed sheet, turn it over, and print the second side using manual feed, inserting the sheet as shown here.

Always use manual feed for printing the second side. To avoid jams, don't load already printed pages into the paper cassette.

Apple Personal LaserWriter 300 Messages

The lights indicate a problem

Always check the status lights first when a printing problem occurs. These often tell you the cause of the problem.

The Ready/In Use light should glow steadily whenever the printer is on, and blink when it is printing.

The Paper Out light is on only when there is no paper in the cassette, or the printer is waiting for manual feed.

The Paper Jam light is on when any obstruction occurs in the paper path.

Apple Personal LaserWriter 300 Interfaces

The serial connection is located directly in the center of the base on the back side.


Availability: Standard


Activation: Default