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  • Printer emulation - which

    Currently I use an HP laserjet II/IIP emulation.
    I need a new printer and was looking at the OKIdata 4200.

    It says Standard emulations are PCL5e, PCL6, Epson FX (9pin), IBM Proprinter III XL.

    I have no idea what the above implies except I remember the Epson FX from years ago.

    How does PCL relate to the old standard we used for a long time, the HP II/IIP.

    If the Okidata 4200 won't work, has anybody a suggestion? Currently the OL600e which has churned out pages for years has gone bad and it doesn't seen worth spending money to fix it when a new printer doesn't cost much more than the drum.

    Steve Pick

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    RE: Printer emulation - which

    I don't have a direct answer to your question, but a point for you to add to your considerations. In my experience, all the new HP lasers continue to work flawlessly on A4v6 (& v7)with the "old" HP drivers. So if an HP laser is on your list of potentials, let me assure you it will work well.



    • #3
      RE: Printer emulation - which

      When you create a printer driver in A4 (e.g. HP II/IIP), it contains the decimal coded initialization codes that the Printer Command Language of the printer interprets. You'll need to get the appropriate ones for the Okidata to make it work.



      • #4
        RE: Printer emulation - which


        I am not sure I understand what you are saying.
        I currently use a NEC660plus and an OKIdata OL600e, each with a different computer. The printer configuration in Alpha is set to HP Laserjet II/IIP for each.

        I was assuming that if I got a new printer the settings for the HP laserjet II/IIP is recognized by the system such that the new printer will operate like the old one did.

        I just broke off to see how the manual for the OKi 600e mentioned the settings and it seems to have vanished.

        Any comments



        • #5
          RE: Printer emulation - which

          I would think that you could do that.



          • #6
            RE: Printer emulation - which

            Hi Steve,

            Just for your information, and to anyone else on this board:
            PCL5e is the Printer Control Language V5e (enhanced) that is built into most HP laser printers these days, if not PCL6...

            It is a SUPERSET of the old PCL3 that the old HP LaserJets, Jet II's (all models), and forward used..

            Alpha4 only uses quite basic commands out of the set to control basic font pitch, font selection, pagination, page size, and a few other minor things... These commands are universal to ALL PCL(x) equipped printers, whether they be HP's or OKI's or NEC's or whoevers...

            So feel free to get any printer you'd like.. If it supports PCL5 as an emulation, then it'll work flawlessly.. You won't have access to any of the advanced features that the printer may offer, but then again, you never did up to now anyways!! But everything that worked before will keep on working, and with a little bit of presetting of defaults inside the printer, you will be able to get it to come out the way you want (paper tray selection, duplexing if you have it, etc..).

            Good luck !!!