In the face of Bobw's passing, this whole issue suddenly seems superfluous, but I guess it still needs to be taken care of.
I held down command and option when I pulled down the Chooser, and it beeped at me. When I select LaserWriter 8, it still doesn't show anything. AppleTalk is active, but I can't manage to find or create a desktop printer icon for the printer. There's a serial port switcher on the back of the printer; would changing this possibly have any effect?
Also, when I run the Desktop Printer Utility program, I get two icons: the PPD file (currently set to Generic) and the printer selection (currently set to <<unspecified>>. If I try to change the printer selection, nothing shows up at all. I'm really not sure what to do at this point... everything is hooked up and should be working, but it just isn't. When I reinstalled the OS (it's 9.2.1 right now, to clarify my previous post), I thought it would install a desktop printer icon, but no such luck apparently...
Edit: I would have installed 9.2.2 but I couldn't get it to run due to deep-set disk corruption. I had a hard enough time upgrading to 9.2.1 as it was. Shouldn't really make a difference though.