We don't have an OS to work with either. But if it's the usual 36 pin CENTRONICS connection, that's called a parallel port. Look around for a grey haired PC guru and they'll fill you in about those. Cables are still sold and many PCs have the other 25 pin matching connections called "parallel ports."
From there you boot DOS and tap the PRINT SCREEN to see if you have it working.
Since no OS is noted, that's as far as we can go.
I am trying to get the owner of the small company I work for to come out of the dark ages and start using the small in-house computer network we have for something other than accounting work. We currently use electric typewriters(would you believe it!) to type some of the forms that are required by our local authorities. My owner will only start to use a software package I have found it if I can get the electric typewriters to work with it. We have IBM Wheelwriter 1000's that do have a connection port already installed (36 pin amphenol). Since this model is no longer supported by IBM or Lexmark (the manufacturers), I can't find any information about what kind of cable to use. I have tried to connect using a standard parallel with no luck. I am also have trouble locating anything about setting up forms to print on the typewriter. I am thinking about the typerwriter as a character printer like a daisy wheel printer. Anyone have any ideas? I am getting desperate!!