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What new color printer works w/A4?

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  • What new color printer works w/A4?


    I'm considering purchasing a color printer for my use with windows programs. However, it would also have to be able to print A4 reports, etc.

    I hear occassionally in these boards that some of the newer printers don't work with A4. IE, lack of DOS printer drivers.

    Can any of you who have recently purchased newer color printers that do work with Alpha Four advise what make & model your using?

    Thank you,
    Mike Konoff

  • #2
    RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

    I have been using and HP DeskJet 895Cse for the past 23 months. It work with Alpha Four without any problems.

    Howard R. Elkes


    • #3
      RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

      By all means make it a HP. And then make sure it is DOS compatable. I use a HP 722C for 2.5 years now. It has to be jump started but works fine. It is the best printer I have ever owned. I had an epson and gave it away because I wanted better photo printing. The HP 722C did the trick. HP and Kodak developed a photo paper just for photo printing. It is GREAT!!!!



      • #4
        RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

        Thanks guys!

        Other than my dot-matrix printers, I'd only really use HP too. I'm just afraid that whatever I get now might not be compatible with dos & A4.

        I'll dig into the HP's though.

        Thanks again.
        Thank you,
        Mike Konoff


        • #5
          RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

          The HP 722C is DOS compatiabe.



          • #6
            RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

            I picked up the HP 970 Cse. Works like a charm.

            Thanks for your advice.

            Thank you,
            Mike Konoff


            • #7
              RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

              I know that models higher than the HP895Cse work well under DOS, but according to HP, the 895Cse is the LAST true DOS printer. If you can buy the 895Cse, buy it now on HP's web site. They are having a sale - $179.00 for the printer! Great value for a great printer that works in True DOS and Window9x environments.


              • #8
                RE: What new color printer works w/A4?


                I had been using an HP Deskjet 870CSe printer with A4V6 running under Win 98 for a number of years and it printed fine - until the printer went south and started printing garbage. When I first got the printer, I made sure that it was DOS compatiable. There was another model that was almost identical to the 870, but was not DOS compatiable. Since I had the printer for a number of years, I felt that I got my money's worth out of it.

                I replaced the 870 with an HP Color Laserjet 4500 - not cheap, but a BEAUTIFUL color printer. I just printed a report from within an A4 app (in Win 98) I have and it prints 100%.

                Keep in mind that Alpha is NOT providing any more upgrades to A$, and that included printer drivers. You will have to test the available drives, and if you are lucky, you'll find one that works. My client's printers print the reports as I designed them with one minor problem - an extra blank page squirts out between each printed page. Page numbers are fine, we just get an extra page. It's not a problem with them, so we haven't invested any money or effort in trying to fix it.

                If you can't find an existing printer driver that works, you might have to build you own. Not impossible, but you better have the control codes at hand before you start.

                Good luck,

                Dave Jampole
                Dave Jampole

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


                • #9
                  RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

                  What configuration are you using?


                  • #10
                    RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

                    Hi Ken,

                    Looking through the Alpha messages and found this from you:

                    >>>By all means make it a HP. And then make sure it is DOS compatable. I use a HP 722C for 2.5 years now. It has to be jump started but works fine. It is the best printer I have ever owned. I had an epson and gave it away because I wanted better photo printing. The HP 722C did the trick. HP and Kodak developed a photo paper just for photo printing. It is GREAT!!!! lpt1 mode lpt1:,,p

                    and then printing out my directory from dos, then return to A4 and printing whatever it is I need. It's truly a pain.

                    Thanks so very much for any help you can give me.



                    • #11
                      RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

                      I have a Deskjet 1000C and my printer wouldn't work either. The 1000C, like the 7xxC series is a windows printer that will only print DOS through windows.

                      I've traced the problem to the 4GW DOS extender. The 4GW DOS
                      extender cannot wake up windows when it comes time to print.
                      When I changed to PMODE/W, this printing problem went away.
                      You can learn about it and download PMODE at:


                      With the 4GW DOS extender, the printer needs to be jump started to print from Alpha. I wrote a batch file which I placed on my desktop and named it "Make Alpha Print."

                      All that's in the batch file is, VER>LPT1. What this command does is it re-directs the VER command from printing on the screen to the device that's on LPT1.

                      It will print out a line similar to this " WINDOWS 95 [Version 4.00.1111]."

                      After running the batch file, I can print all day from Alpha as long as I don't reboot the computer.

                      To make this batch file:

                      Open up notepad; type the line


                      Then, saveas printalpha.bat

                      Make it a short cut and place it on your desktop.

                      x is the lpt port your printer is connected to.

                      I've included the printer configuration that I use. You can
                      name yours 722C or what ever you want. It should work fine. Let me know how you made out.

                      P r i n t e r C o n f i g u r a t i o n

                      Description : DESKJET 660C
                      Printer left margin [0-40] : 5
                      Top of form delay [0-99] : 0
                      ------------------------------ Printer Port ----------------
                      Printer port : LPT2:

                      Page Advance by : Formfeed
                      Lines per page [1-99] : 59
                      ------------------------------ Printer Initialization ------
                      Set-up codes : 27 69 27 38 108 48 111 54 100 49 108
                      Close-out codes : 27 69
                      ------------------------------ Print Styles ----------------
                      Normal codes : 27 40 115 48 115 48 66
                      Bold codes : 27 40 115 51 66
                      Italic codes : 27 40 115 49 83
                      Uline on codes : 27 38 100 49 68
                      Uline off codes : 27 38 100 64
                      ------------------------------ Print Density ------------------
                      Compressed on : 27 40 115 49 54 46 54 55 72
                      Compressed off : 27 40 115 48 112 49 48 46 48

                      Enter the DECIMAL codes to turn OFF COMPRESSED type

                      You will have to go into the printer configuration and make you own printer configuration. The above configuration works for both the HP 660C and the HP 1000 CSE.


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                      • #12
                        RE: What new color printer works w/A4?

                        Thanks Ron. I had changed the printer configuration and made the bat file but the problem continued. Then I went to the HP site and downloaded the newest drivers and the problem seems to be solved.

                        THANKS so much for putting me on the right track. I was really getting tired of having to go to dos and type in the commands every time I wanted to print from A4. And there was no way I would upgrade just to get the printing to work correctly. Seems that Alpha should consider creating a fix to the problem for users to download.