I finally managed to connect my Silver Reed EX-32 with a Centronics-to-USB bidirectional cable and get it to print (a rough video is embedded at the end of this post). It ain’t fast but, hey, what’s the rush?

The breakthrough came on a Toshiba Portege M405 laptop running Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005.

The above steps are pretty much the same on my Windows 10 laptop. However, it refused to cooperate, or elaborate further on this minimalist error notification (clicking on it simply opened up the print queue).


No luck, no matter how many times (4) I switched USB ports.

In addition to setting up a Generic/Text printer and pairing it with a USB port, you have to press CODE + P to toggle between Typing mode and Printer mode. This is revealed on pages 28 and 29 of the Silver Reed EX-32 Operating Manual …

The Silver Reed I/F44 interface box is specific (I think) to the Silver Reed EX-44 (and EX-43N), and connects to the front of the typewriter via a flat cable. …

Putting this to use will be a bigger challenge, should I ever trade-in my EX-42 for an EX- 44.

In pre-USB times, parallel and serial interface boxes were very common. The AEG Olympia Carrera, for example, offered an “IF-Box” very similar to the I/F44 …

One small step for man …