Classic Computer Magazine Archive COMPUTE! ISSUE 52 / SEPTEMBER 1984 / PAGE 10

Printer Device Number Changes

Is it possible to change the device numbers of a printer? I want to buy a second printer for my computer, but am unsure if I can use both printers at the same time.

Jacques Poulet

Usually the device number cannot be altered. It depends on the brand of printer, but most printers have no significant internal "intelligence" (no computer assistance inside). You could change the device number of a disk drive because it can be programmed from the computer; it is an intelligent device.

However, some models of printers do allow you to change device numbers via a switch on the printer itself. The new Commodore MPS 801, for example, has a three-position switch that allows you to choose between device numbers 4, 5, and 6. And some few printers can be software assigned.