I recently acquired a parallel port interface for the Atari Portfolio, it’s actually an original DIP (Distributed Information Processing) model and looks as good as new. In order to transfer files to and from the Portfolio and a PC I need a DB25 male to male straight through cable which I have on order.
In the meantime it occurred to me I could hook up my Epson P-40 portable thermal printer with a standard parallel printer cable and confirm it’s in working order.
I connected everything together, created a bit of text in the Portfolio editor and then hit a snag, I couldn’t work out how to make it print. In mitigation I don’t have a manual for the Portfolio however after a brute force attack, ie trying every combination of key presses I could think of I found the required menu.
Much to my surprise the Epson immediately burst into life and printed my text, I almost imagined it sitting there thinking, is that all you’ve got?
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Some obligatory pictures:-
My Atari Portfolio has arrived, and what a gorgeous little thing it is indeed. I took some pictures and thought it would be interesting to include my iPad in the background. I promise I’m not neglecting my PX-8, but it’s at work as I have a Win95 box there. I will bring it home soon and take some pictures.
It might be quite amusing to do a tongue firmly in cheek, head to head review of the Portfolio versus the iPad but given that I’m supposed to be achieving something with the PX-8 (at the very least getting Filink working) it will have to wait.
The battery on the ram card (CR2016) was dead so I put in a new one and formatted the card which appears as a disk under DIP Dos. I used format a:/v (the /v switch allows you to assign a volume label after formatting.) The battery compartment sits at the top left of the card and is released by pinching the small plastic lug towards the battery tray allowing you to slide it out.
For now the Portfolio pictures.
Atari Portfolio FAQ