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> While attempting to write a decent 10-line BASIC game I became curious
> about the printer emulation in Virtual T.  The next thing I know I'm
> making fake dot-matrix printouts on my laser printer and I have to
> admit I had more fun with it that was reasonable.  I even showed one to
> my completely non-interested wife who was just happy that I was
> entertained.

Heh, I went through the exact same thing and totally failed to impress my kids 
with my laser-printed fake dot matrix printouts that I was positively giddy 

> Anyway, I find myself considering picking up an actual dot matrix
> printer to go with my T102 just for the fun of it. Any recommendations?
>  I'm also thinking of getting a CoCo at some point so I'd prefer one
> with a serial interface.  I had an Epson RX-80 back in the day and I
> don't want to hassle with a serial to parallel adapter again.  There
> are a few DMP-130s on eBay that look okay but I'm wondering if anyone
> has any experience.  Is it hard/expensive to find ribbons, etc?

I got a DMP-105 along with the T200 I bought last year, and although 
replacement ribbons are not available for sale anywhere that I've found, the 
ribbon that was in it did print nicely for one trip through the cartridge and 
then faded out.  Popping the cartridge open I found the sponge roller had 
plenty of ink in it but had quite a flat spot from pressing against the 
transfer roller for decades and wouldn't rotate past the flat spot.  The sponge 
was also deteriorating and coming apart on my hands and work surface...

I read some tips online for creating a replacement sponge roller but haven't 
got around to it yet... (I'd also need some appropriate ink to put in it, and I 
toyed with the idea of buying a different ribbon cartridge and modifying the 
sponge roller to fit mine)

The DMP-105 has both the usual parallel socket as well as a round DIN serial 
socket which might be just what you want for a CoCo, I'm guessing.  The ribbon 
problem might be a bit of a turn-off.  I've seen a few pass by on ebay for 
cheap, and there are three listed right now.


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