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    Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    I have a medical program that was ported from Unix to Windows and requires PCL 5 or 6 commands supplied by the program. I am finding that most of the newer inkjet printers and cheaper laserjets now only support pure windows programs and won't take output from my program or a Dos program. Is there a way to "fake out" the newer printers into accepting dos programs run under windows that want a pcl capability or a dos capability to the printer???
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    You can capture the LPT1 port for DOS applications in the printer's properties. That should redirect any output from the DOS program to the printer. You can also do this from a DOS prompt by entering net use LPT1: {printername} (I may be rusty on the syntax).
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

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    You read my note too quickly. The lpt1 redirect is NOT the problem. The problem is that most new inkjets and laserjets rely on the computer to do most of the processing and therefore can sell the printer cheaper. HP drops dos compatability and PCL compatability from their drivers because of this. You have to buy the much more expensive laserjet models that have pcl and dos compatability and / or the older inkjets.
    I NEED A MODIFIED DRIVER OR WAY TO FAKE THE PRINTER INTO THINKING IT CAN ACCEPT DOS PRINTOUTS AND / OR PCL.
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    Strange, I didn't think I read it too quickly. In fact I read it a few times to make sure I understood what you were trying to accomplish. Nowhere in your post did you mention that you had tried capturing the printer port nor whether such a solution would work.

    So far as I am aware, there is no way to "fake out" a printer unless you can obtain a driver directly from the manufacturer. If the printer's firmware does not understand PCL, then no amount of faking is going to help. The only alternative I could think of is to find a software "middleman" that would translate the PCL output from a DOS program into Windows EMF or RAW output that the printer understands.
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

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    Exactly. I am talking language versus ports. What do people do that have unix and / or linux. They can only buy special printers as the companies are getting away from non windows drivers.
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    If the cheaper HP lasers don't support PCL any more, what do they support? Are you saying that the print output needs to be completely rasterized on the PC and the printer is just a dumb toner sprayer?

    I noticed mention in Google of various efforts to create PCL rasterizers for Linux. Maybe there's one for Windows?

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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    Yes that is correct, they are as you put it dumb sprayers.
    I checked google nothing you can demo wiithout having to buy first.
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    Hi jJrome,

    Check out the following:

    Pcl2pdf http://www.visual.co.uk/Pcl2pdf.html has a demo version that you can download - converts PCL to PDF - though you have to register with them in order to download.

    LEADTOOLS ePrint http://www.leadtools.com/Utilities/Printer...L_Converter.htm has a demo version that you can download - a PCL tool/printer driver - though you have to register with them in order to download.

    On the shareware front: EscapeE http://www.pclviewer.com/ - Converts HP-compatible printer files (PCL/HPGL) to PDF, TIFF, PNG, CSV, TXT, XML and HTML.

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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    THis is perfect just what I am looking for, I downloaded the second one still having trouble getting it to work but doesn't lock up the system.
    I will speak with technical support next week.
    Thansk to all and my apoligies to Mark as I was not clear on my original message
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    Re: Can you make a Windows only Inkjet print DOS

    Jerome, no worries. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Sounds like you're on the right track now, and that's a Good Thing.

    Happy Easter to you too!
    -Mark

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