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  • Problem printing reports

    I had a whole purchase order form database setup on a computer. They purchased a new computer and printer and asked me to transfer all the database and program to the new computer. I did a new installation of the program and copied the database from one computer to the other.

    Now, everything works except that I can't print from any print buttons on the form or the title bar. The printer is properly installed and works with the other programs.

    Thank you

    Denis Manibal

  • #2
    RE: Problem printing reports

    Hi Denis,

    What does it do when you press the print buttons - no response or just nothing sent to printer???



    • #3
      RE: Problem printing reports

      Nothing at all, not even the printer icon at the bottom right of the screen, I press many times and nothing happen. Connections are OK.



      • #4
        RE: Problem printing reports

        Hi Denis,

        Trying going into the control panel and running a preview of the report and then click on the printer icon above.

        You might want to set the report to default printer if not already.

        Sorry about all the questions but without being there is a process of elimination.

        If it works from there then look behind the buttons for lost paths etc.



        • #5
          RE: Problem printing reports

          Denis, here are the things I'd check:

          1) Was a specific printer identified in the properties of each report layout when the layout was designed, or are they set to use 'current windows default printer' ? If a specific printer was 'hard coded' into the report layout, through its properties, then that's probably what's causing the problem. The report is looking for a specific printer and it's not there.

          2) After Alpha Five was reinstalled on the new pc, did you run Print Setup ? It's an option on the File menu list, in the control panel. Can Alpha Five see the new printer?

          3) Is the printer local, and attached directly to the new pc, or is it out there on the network somewhere? You may have to change network settings to be able to share a network printer... again, can Alpha Five see the printer ok?

          -- tom


          • #6
            RE: Problem printing reports

            Hi Mike,

            when I do a print preview it says "No printer configured" and if I look in print set-up, I see my printer and it is the only one. If I have only one printer do I still have to default to it?

            Keep asking questions, this is the only way we can find the problem.

            Thank you



            • #7
              RE: Problem printing reports

              Hi Tom,

              1) It is possible that a specific printer was identified in the properties of the report, I would have to check. Right now, on the new PC it is set-up as 'current windows default printer'. If a printer was hard coded, how do I fix the problem?

              2) Yes, I did run print set-up and my printer is listed there.

              3)The printer is local.

              Thank you guys for the help



              • #8
                RE: Problem printing reports

                Denis, open the report layout in design mode, and check the properties of the report itself. If a specific printer is specified there, change it to 'use current windows default', then save the report layout.

                -- tom


                • #9
                  RE: Problem printing reports

                  Hi guys,

                  problem solved. I played with the printer tab in the report properties, I still had error messages and noticed that there was something wrong with the top and bottom margins.

                  Made some tests and it is working.

                  Thanks for your help



                  • #10
                    RE: Problem printing reports

                    Just to round this out, I learned the hard way that you have to design a report with the end user printer in mind. The simplest way to do this is to install that printer's driver and set it to the windows default during development or at least when you are developing reports.

                    Some of my users at school had these inkjets which have a slightly larger non-printing area than lasers do. When I realized what was going on, it was easy to download the driver for the inkjet and develop for that. And if a report works on an inkjet then it also works on a laser (so far).

                    Bill Hanigsberg


                    • #11
                      Re: Problem printing reports

                      Hi Denis,
                      I know this is an old post. I would like to share my printing experience with fellow developers.

                      I had this exact error when I tried to print preview or print to a printer - "driver for \\server01\OKi390 not found". The problem was with Alpha, not Windows (XP or Windows 7).

                      In the developer machine, when you design your report, Alpha automatically defaults the printer to whatever your Windows default printer is (in my case, mine was a networked printer- \\server01\OKi390 ). The report will print fine as long as this printer name do not change on the other machines. If you try manually go back to the report design screen to change the printer- the printer is hard code on the report and will not work.

                      -you don't have to rewrite your report, just duplicate it (right click on your report under the Reports tab in the Control Panel); right before you save this newly modified report, make sure you select Windows default as the printer - not your current printer default. That's it! Problem is fixed!