Language: QuickDraw (Full-page Bitmap)

Speed: Best: 1ppm, Normal: 2ppm, Draft: 3ppm

Memory: 64KB Not Expandable

Graphics: 300dpi


Hewlett-Packard DeskWriter Fonts

Internal Fonts

Screen Typeface Size Printer Font Symbol Set
Courier Scalable CS Courier Adobe PS
Times Scalable CS Times Adobe PS
Helvetica Scalable CS Triumvirate Adobe PS
Symbol Scalable CS Symbol Adobe PS

Optional Fonts

Screen Typeface Size Printer Font Symbol Set
Palatino Scalable CS Palacio Adobe PS
New Century Schoolbook Scalable CS Century Schoolbook Adobe PS
ITC Bookman Scalable CS ITC Bookman Adobe PS
New Helvetica Narrow Scalable CS Triumvirate Condensed Adobe PS
ITC Zapf Dingbats Scalable CS ITC Zapf Dingbats Dingbats PS
ITC Zapf Chancery Scalable CS ITC Zapf Chancery Adobe PS
ITC Avant Garde Gothic Scalable CS ITC Avant Garde Gothic Adobe PS

In addition to the fonts available from Hewlett-Packard, you can obtain Macintosh fonts from numerous type vendors. You can choose from a wide variety of alphabet fonts, both Latin and non-Latin, symbol fonts for specialized purposes, and novelty fonts for display and decoration.

Hewlett-Packard DeskWriter Paper Handling

Continuous Feeding

1. If you are using 8 1/2 in. paper, slide the paper width adjustment lever, located below the left corner of the IN tray, to the left. If you are using A4 (European) paper, slide the paper width adjustment lever to the right.

2. Pull out the paper tray extender located on the center front edge of the IN tray. Insert a stack of paper about 1/2 in. thick (approximately 100 sheets of paper) squarely into the IN tray, right side flush against the right side of the tray.

3. Slide the paper tray extender in the toward the paper to hold the paper against the printer.

Printable Region


Left: .25 in. Top: .26 in.

Right: .25 in. Bottom: .59 in.


Left: .25 in. Top: .26 in.

Right: .25 in. Bottom: .59 in.


Left: .75 in. Top: .0 in.

Right: .75 in. Bottom: .5 in.

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

Hewlett-Packard DeskWriter Messages

Message Meaning Resolution
Datacomm buffer overrun - no DTR handshaking There is a problem with the interface cable or the interface connectors. Make sure that the interface cable is properly connected to both the computer and the printer. The interface connectors must be firmly inserted into the interface ports.

If the cable is connected properly but the problem persists, make sure that none of the pins are broken or missing. Refer to the "Data Communications" section of the appendix in the user's guide for more information on the pins of the interface connector. Replace Your interface cable if you find broken or missing pins.

Datacomm Error - please check the baudrate The printer is receiving information at the wrong baud rate  

Hewlett-Packard DeskWriter Interfaces

The DeskWriter uses a standard 8 pin port for its interface. It can be used on a LocalTalk network or direct serial.


Availability: Standard

Connection: Standard 8 Pin AppleTalk

Activation: Automatic


Availability: Standard (Uses same connection, differences are software driven)

Connection: RS-422-A Serial (57.6 Kbps)

Activation: Automatic