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    Dot Matrix Printer Drivers & XP (XP Pro)

    Once more, Windows XP takes away functionality that was available in earier Windows verisons like 98:

    The printer drivers for dot matrix printers, like the Panasonic KX series, the Epson LQ series and the IBM Proprinters do not have a "custom" paper size setting. This makes it impossible to do what thousands of users do with these printers: print continuous labels. (These manufacturers do not post drivers for their printers under XP because "they are included in Windows XP.")

    Has anyone found a way around this? I need to print 4" labels. (And no, none of the envelope sizes works -- close, but not quite.)

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    Re: Dot Matrix Printer Drivers & XP (XP Pro)

    This is NOT a Windows XP issue, it is a problem from the OEM's of the printers and have NOT updated them for XP. MS provide "Generic" drivers for most devices, but the OEM's MUST provide drivers with full function drivers.

    Go to the OEM's web page and see if there are XP drivers for your model of printer.

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    Re: Dot Matrix Printer Drivers & XP (XP Pro)

    If the OEM does not supply an XP driver sometimes a Win2k driver will work. But be very careful and backup before messing with older drivers.

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    Re: Dot Matrix Printer Drivers & XP (XP Pro)

    Actually, Dave, I have discovered that it is a Windows XP issue (well, sort of, it also existed in W2K).

    The form sizes are now controlled by opening the printer settings and selecting File / Serever Properties. New forms can be added there.

    Because you can add forms, the printer drivers themselves do not have the "custom" forms option.

    I didn't see this documented anywhere, but I found a note about it with a Google seaerch. (Now, hopefully, a search of this forum will help others with the same issue.)

    BTW, most dot matrix printers don't even have W2K drivers, including most Epson and IBM. The printer maker in this case, Panasonic, offers no drivers on its web site (that I could find).

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    Re: Dot Matrix Printer Drivers & XP (XP Pro)

    Check out Panasonic Printer Drivers and Utilities

    You have NOT stated what models of the printers that you have, but all of the listed Dot Matrix printers at the above link, have Windows drivers.

    LQ Series Dot Matrix
    LQ Series Dot Matrix-Narrow
    LQ-200
    LQ-300
    LQ-500
    LQ-510
    LQ-510X
    LQ-570
    LQ-570+
    LQ-570e
    LQ-590
    LQ-670
    LQ-680Pro
    LQ-800
    LQ-850
    LQ-850+
    LQ-850X
    LQ-860
    LQ-870
    LQ-950
    LQ Series Dot Matrix-Wide
    LQ-1000
    LQ-1010
    LQ-1010X
    LQ-1050
    LQ-1050+
    LQ-1050X
    LQ-1070
    LQ-1070+
    LQ-1170
    LQ-1500
    LQ-2070
    LQ-2080
    LQ-2090
    LQ-2170
    LQ-2180
    LQ-2500
    LQ-2550

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    Re: Dot Matrix Printer Drivers & XP (XP Pro)

    Dave,

    Thanks for the link to the Panasonic drivers.

    The printer in question, KX-P2023, only lists drivers for Win95/98 (even though it is still being sold).

    However, the forms setting I mentioned in my previous reply seems to be working..

    Thanks for the help.

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