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A4 and new printer don't talk

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  • A4 and new printer don't talk

    I am a long time user of Alpha4Version6. I have had no printing problems with an old Okidata laser printer (600e) but recently got an ink jet Epson 860 color. I have used the LQ2500 default in Windows 98 to be more compatible with DOS programs (per Epson's suggestion)and use the Epson LQ emulation in my printer configuration. When I go to print, NOTHING HAPPENS!. I am able to use the printer with virtually all my other programs, both Windows and DOS based. Any suggestions in making A4V6 talk to my new printer?

  • #2
    RE: A4 and new printer don't talk

    Try this (from a post on the A5V4 forum):

    I was able to resume printing in A4 by following a suggestion from Paul French. I went to printer set up, right clicked on my printer, chose properties, and went to the details tab. I clicked on "port settings" and de-selected "Spool MS-DOS print jobs" in the "Configure LPT port window".


    • #3
      RE: A4 and new printer don't talk

      I will try your suggestion, but I cannot find the 10/19 note from Sue Ferguson..... Anyone have a copy or her e-mail address????

      Dick Coleman


      • #4
        RE: A4 and new printer don't talk

        First it MUST be DOS Compatiable. Your manual will tell you this. It if it is not it will not print. If it is then you can use the below for a jump start. It fixed mine 2.5 years ago and I still use it. I set up a file and an icon on my desk top for it. I did use Ver >lpt1 but printed out a line and wasted a sheet of paper every time. If you want more information feel free to e-amil me. Many have sent request so I wrote an explanation of it and saved it.

        type null>lpt1



        • #5
          RE: A4 and new printer don't talk

          Does your printer support DOS? I have a HP722C, and the pritner needs to be "jump started" to print from Alpha. You need to write a batch file and place on your desktop. All that is in the batch file is, VER>LTP1. This command re-directs the VER command from printing on the screen to the device on LTP1. It will print out a line similar to this "WINDOWS 95 [Version 4.00.1111]. After this, you can print from Alpha4 until your computer is rebooted or shut down.
          Here you go, I saved this info in Word so I don't have to type it anytime someone asks. I got this info from here BEFORE I bought a printer. Hope it helps.

          Here is the printer configuration I use:
          Printer left margin - 5
          Top of form delay - 0
          Page advance by - Formfeed
          Lines per page - 59
          Set up codes: 27 69 27 38 108 48 111 54 100 49 108
          Close out codes: 27 69
          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
          Compressed on: 27 40 115 49 54 46 54 55 72
          Compressed off: 27 40 115 48 112 49 48 46 48 72


          • #6
            RE: A4 and new printer don't talk

            Thank you. I will give it a try. Boy is this frustrating! Especially if you feel that DOS programs were the most logical and best designed. Life is about alot more than clicking mice non stop.


            • #7
              RE: A4 and new printer don't talk


              Use K.Flemings suggestion. It did the trick for my HP OfficeJet which was totally dead when I tried to print from A4V6. I integrated the line into the A4.BAT file which boots A4 so I don't have to do anything else when I go to work on A4.

              Good luck.

              A. del Castillo


              • #8
                RE: A4 and new printer don't talk

                Hi Ken,
                I am having trouble with HP 4050n printer. Could you send me a copy of the printer problem fix, Thx.