Windows 2000 Pro as print server

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Skot, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. Skot

    Skot Guest

    Hello all,

    I have some old legacy text applications that need to print to HP
    printer on a Win2K Pro workstation. The problem I'm having is the PCL
    control codes to set the print type to compressed mode and back aren't
    working, instead you see a square and some characters at the top left of
    the page. It's like windows is translating the escape sequence to
    something else.

    I tried setting default datatype to "Text" but that didn't do it, so
    it's back to RAW again. I've searched all over MS knowledge base for
    something but no luck there. Does anyone know of a document or some
    settings that might help me?


    Skot, Jan 8, 2004
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  2. Skot

    Sultan Guest

    Skot wrote in
    What is the model of the printer you're using? Have these applications
    worked with this printer when printing from a different OS? Your problem
    may be that Windows 2000 does not let anything talk directly to hardware,
    this is the main reason it is so much more stable than Windows 98 or 95
    (ME was just a bad joke).

    Sultan, Jan 9, 2004
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  3. Without knowing what type of printer this is, and what driver you're
    using, at the very least ... it's doubtful anyone can diagnose this. Does
    a test page print properly? Do you mean DOS-based applications when you
    say "text applications"? What are the specific apps involved?
    Tergiversative, Jan 9, 2004
  4. Skot

    LBM Systems Guest

    It sounds like you are trying to send an ascii job to shared
    printer defined as PCL. You can't send PJL commands as part of the
    payload, and your server is probably expecting printer-ready format
    (in this case, PCL), and instead you are sending an ascii file.
    LBM Systems ( has many customers that use
    ascii applications for their output (QAD, Oracle, accounting,
    check-printing, etc.) that need to convert this output to PCL or PS.
    Our software runs on any Linux/UNIX/windows and can take this ascii
    output, add overlays & graphics from popular grapics programs, and
    manipulate the text in ways that produce printer ready PCL.



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    LBM Systems, Jan 15, 2004
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