Printing from a DOS box in Windows XP


R

roger squier

I am unable to print from a DOS box in Windows XP to an
HP 820cxi Deskjet. The printer works perfectly in all
applications in Windows XP, but the command dir > lpt1
does not work in a DOS box.
I would be grateful for help.
 
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Steven Latus

roger said:
I am unable to print from a DOS box in Windows XP to an
HP 820cxi Deskjet. The printer works perfectly in all
applications in Windows XP, but the command dir > lpt1
does not work in a DOS box.
I would be grateful for help.
Is your printer connected to LPT1 via a parallel cable or is it a
USB-only printer like mine?

After enabling printer-pooling from the Ports tab inside Printer
Properties and checking LPT1 to add it to the ports my printer can print
to, I can now print from DOS programs that print to LPT1 (I haven't
tried printing from a DOS box).

Steve
 
B

bostjan

-----Original Message-----
I am unable to print from a DOS box in Windows XP to an
HP 820cxi Deskjet. The printer works perfectly in all
applications in Windows XP, but the command dir > lpt1
does not work in a DOS box.
I would be grateful for help.
.
 
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Ryvkin said:
I'd read Bruce Sanderson's article and performed all described actions. But my printer still prints nothing from the DOS program.

What's wrong here?
I googled and found claims the source of my problem is in my printer which is not a DOS-compatible and cannot print plain text.

There are special utilities designed specially for DOS printing support: dos2usb, printfil, dosprn, dosprint etc.

I downloaded these utilities and evaluated them. Argh-h-h... All these programs conflict one between another and some of them cannot uninstall correctly!

Result is not very impressive. One of these tools print text files only, another did nothing at me, next printed correctly text part of my documents but generates garbage instead of graphics part.

At last I choose a dosprn ( http://www.dosprn.com ) utility for me. It printed my texts and charts more or less correctly and it is the most inexpensive between competitors. It is not a magnificent but it works at me at least.
 
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