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DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

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  • DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

    I have been using Alpha 4 V.1 forever as my business database. The problem is my HP laserJet 5L printer just died and my only other printer is a Canon S750 with USB. A4 doesn't know from USB's.

    If I go out and buy a new HP laser with a parallel connection, will A4 automatically recognize it? I LOVE A4, but it doesn't know any printers newer than ten years old and I can't start converting to a Windoes-based Db program. Ok, I could, but I don't want to. I like A4.

    Thanks to anyone seeing this.

    Mark

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    RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

    Mark;
    If you buy a new HP Laser, A4 will work great. Just be sure you can hook it up via the parallel port, and use an HP II, HP III, HP IV, or HP V driver with your forms and reports.

    Good luck,
    Duncan

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      RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

      Thanks Duncan. I ended up buying a refurbished 5L. I have 3 unopened toners here. I really hated the idea of tossing them, not to mention not being in love with spending $400.00 for a new printer. Thanks again.

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        RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

        Mark

        Before you spend any money on a new printer, upgrade to V8. If my memory serves me correctly, it will handle Windows based printers AND USB connections. Give Alpha Software a call, just to make sure - 1-800-451-1018.

        Dave
        Dave Jampole
        www.customalpha.com

        Women and cats will do whatever they want. The sooner men and dogs realize that, the happier they will be.

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          RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

          Daved;
          Actually, I believe even with v8, A4 will not "play" with USB.

          Duncan

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            RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

            Mark,

            When you use up those tone cartriges, go out and buy an HP 1200 Laser. You just plug it in and go. You won't have to change anything.

            And it prints about 5 times faster than the 5L.

            Ron
            Alpha 5 Version 11
            AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
            DBF's and MySql
            Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

            Ron Anusiewicz

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              RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

              Hey Ron,
              Thanks. I will. I got a refurb 5L for $199.99. The two toners I have left should last me about a year. I just didn't want to drop $400 or $500 on a new printer + have to buy toner when I've got 2 brand new toners here.

              Mark

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                RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

                The HP 1200 has both Parallel and USB inputs,
                it loves Alpha 4 and prints like crazy. Very Fast!!!!!!!!!! Especially compared to the HP 5L. And it has far better paper handling.
                Alpha 5 Version 11
                AA Build 2999, Build 4269, Current Build
                DBF's and MySql
                Desktop, Web on the Desktop and WEB

                Ron Anusiewicz

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                  RE: DESPERATE! A4 and HP 5L

                  If you use a print server you can use USB. Also we use both HP and Brother printers with A4v6 with no problems.Just print to the Brother with the HPIV driver.

                  Russ

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