Apple LaserWriter Select 300

Language: QuickDraw (Full-page Bitmap)

Speed: 5ppm

Memory: 512K Standard1.5 or 4MB Options

Graphics: 300 dpi

Autorotate: N/A

Duplex: Not Available

RET: Not Available


Apple LaserWriter Select 300 Fonts

Internal Fonts

The LaserWriter Select 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 LaserWriter Select 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 LaserWriter Select 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: Automatic 50-sheet paper feeder
Optional Trays Item Part Number
  Sheet feeder with 250-sheet universal-size cassette (accepts the same paper size as the printer's standard cassette) M2041G/A
  Sheet feeder with 500-sheet U.S. Letter cassette M2042G/A
  Sheet feeder with 500-sheet A4 cassette M2043G/A
  250-sheet U.S. Legal cassette (fits the standard or optional 250-sheet feeder) M2032G/A
  250-sheet A4/letter cassette M2034G/A
  Envelope cassette that feeds up to 30 envelopes (fits the standard or optional 250-sheet feeder)

  Multipurpose tray, which automatically feeds up to 50 sheets of variable paper sizes M2037G/A

Installing the multipurpose tray

You can use the multipurpose tray to automatically feed envelopes and various sizes of paper into the printer. You don't have to install the tray if you don't want to use it. If you don't want to install it, you can feed individual sheets of paper with the manual feed tray.

The tray fits into the manual feed opening and feeds up to 50 sheets or 5 envelopes. To get ready to install the multipurpose tray, open the printer as show here.

1. Holding the tray folded, insert the left side first as shown.

2. Push the black latch and snap the tray into position.

You can remove the multipurpose tray by pushing the latch to the left and gently pulling it out.

Loading the paper cassette

The cassette supplied with your printer holds up to 250 sheets of copier-weight bond paper. The cassette can accept U.S. Letter, A4 or B5 (JIS) paper.

1. Remove the cassette from the printer by grasping it and firmly pulling straight out.

2. Insert a stack of paper as shown. Load the letterhead and three-hole punched paper as shown.

Important Make sure the sliding backstop clicks into the appropriate notch. Setting the backstop between notches or to an unmarked notch may result in a printing error.

3. Slide the cassette into the printer.

Loading the multipurpose tray.

The multipurpose tray can accept U.S. Legal, A4, U.S. Letter, B5 (JIS), and Executive paper.

1. Open the flap, then pull out the extension as shown.

2. Stack the paper on the tray and adjust the paper guides so they just touch the paper, but still allow it to lie flat.

Loading and using the envelope cassette

The optional envelope cassette automatically feeds up to 30 standard-weight envelope. The cassette takes Com-10, Monarch, DL and C5 envelopes.

To load the envelope cassette:

1. Stack the envelopes as shown, face up (with the flap down), with the top edge against the side of the cassette that's on the left when you face the printer.

2. If the side brackets need adjustment, slide them to fit against the stack of envelopes.

3. If the rear bracket needs adjustment, squeeze both sides and slide it until the top lip fits over the stack of envelopes. Be sure the bracket stops at one of the preset sizes marked inside the cassette.

Installing and using the optional sheet feeder and cassette

The optional sheet feeder looks and works exactly like the built-in feeder that forms the lower portion of your printer.

The illustrations here depict the 250-sheet feeder, but apply also to the 500-sheet size.

1. Turn off the printer and unplug the power cord.

2. Remove and set aside the paper cassettes from both the printer and the sheet feeder.

3. Set the sheet feeder on a flat, stable surface and lower the printer over it so the sides are exactly aligned.

4. Snap each of the four plastic retainer clips into its slots to lock the upper and lower feeders together.

5. Replace the paper cassettes into the feeders, plug in the power cord, and turn on the printer.

Manual Feeding

Printing paper or envelopes with the manual feed tray

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

1. Open the manual feed tray.

2. Open the document you want or select its icon in the Macintosh Finder.

3. Choose Print from the File menu.

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

5. Insert a sheet of paper or envelope as shown.

Align the paper with the guides and keep it straight so it feeds correctly. Make sure the envelope is centered and insert it firmly until you hear a click.

6. Click Print.

If Background Printing is turned on in the Macintosh Chooser, a message on your screen asks you to insert a sheet. Click OK if the paper is ready. If the document has additional pages, the Paper Out status light flashes each time a sheet is needed.

If Background Printing is turned off, there is no alert message on your screen. Only the flashing Paper Out Light indicates when a sheet is needed.

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 LaserWriter Select 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 LaserWriter Select 300 Interfaces

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


Availability: Standard

Connection: Apple Style RS-422 asynchronous serial, 57.6K baud

Activation: Default