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Fixing the printer on a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe #VintageComputing @kenshirriff

fixing the printer on a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe

Another great Vintage Computing post from Ken Shirriff on fixing a printer on a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe.

The Computer History Museum has two operational IBM 1401 computers used for demos but one of the printers stopped working a few weeks ago. This blog post describes how the 1401 restoration team diagnosed and repaired the printer. After a lot of tricky debugging (as well as smoke coming out of the printer) we fixed a broken trace on a circuit board.

The IBM 1401 business computer was announced in 1959, and went on to become the best-selling computer of the mid-1960s, with more than 10,000 systems in use. A key selling point of the IBM 1401 was its high-speed line printer, the IBM 1403. It printed 10 lines per second with excellent print quality, said to be the best printing until laser printers were introduced in the 1970s.

Read more on Ken’s blog.

 


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