IBM junk

Mike Shields shieldsm at
Mon Oct 22 18:26:11 CDT 2007

I have an Epson LQ-2550 wide-carriage dot matrix that does color exactly
this way, with a 4-color ribbon and shifting the ribbon up and down to
select colors while printing, printing color 4 passes per line.

On 10/22/07, Tony Duell <ard at> wrote:
> >
> > Lots of new IBM things today, but all basically PC related.
> >
> > Does anyone here have a 5182 Color Printer? This was one of the
> > goodies today, from an ex-IBM salesman that was finally clearing out
> > the closet. He said it was a very unsuccessful product from the XT/AT
> > era, and may have never been for sale to the public. He said they were
> > probably internal use only.
> I have never seen one, but there's a section in the Options and Adapters
> TechRef for the 'IBM Personal Comp[uter Color Printer'. Unfortunately the
> TechRaf doesn't give model numbers, so I can't eb sure it's the same
> unit, but I suspect it is. For reference, the TechRef shows the
> microcontroller as a 6803 at loaction U6 on the control board.
> If it is the same device, the mention of it in said TechRef would seem to
> imply it as a released product.
> >
> > The 5182 is a dot matrix printer with a four color ribbon. Kludge on a
> stick.
> Thet idea was not uncommn at the time. DEC made one called the 'LA324'
> which could take a colour ribbon and mechanically shifted it up and down
> to change colour. I also rememebr using an Epson printer in the mid 1980s
> that could take a 'colour kit' which was a motor + mechanical bits to
> tilt the ribbon.
> How well it worked I don't know. I've never been able to find a colour
> ribbon for my LA324.
> -tony

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