printer with parallel port for MSDOS

April 30, 2010 at 04:47:32
Specs: Windows Vista

I am looking for a first hand and compatible with MSDOS printer with parallel port.
Could you please tell me any models satisfying this specs?

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April 30, 2010 at 07:31:26

Any and all printers will print from DOS you just have to map the LPT1 to the printer driver.

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April 30, 2010 at 12:35:35

Sorry, but how do you usually map the LPT1 to the printer driver?

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April 30, 2010 at 13:53:33

What kind of printer - laser, inkjet, dotmatrix, or thermal?

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May 1, 2010 at 03:05:41


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May 1, 2010 at 04:59:45

It depends here whether we are talking about LPT1 from a Command Prompt under Windows or a pure MS-DOS system.

If the former you can map LPT1 to the printer driver. This will show you how.

Basically you make the printer behave as if it were a network printer. it matters little how the printer is physically connected.

However is you are talking about pure MS-DOS then you are going to have problems. Most page printers like inkjets and laser printers relay on the graphics ability of Windows to do their work. With MS-DOS every application that used a printer came with its own printer drivers. There were no common drivers like there is with Windows. Otherwise the printer just printed unformatted text and relied on the printers abilities to do any formatting.

About the only printers you are going to get these days with parallel ports that will work under MS-DOS as dot matrix printers although any printer with a parallel port should work. However, parallel port printers are getting as rare as hens teeth,


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May 1, 2010 at 05:45:55

Actually I need to replace an old epson stylus 900 which was used under a pure MSDOS customized application. I am wondering what new printer I could buy for this.

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May 1, 2010 at 05:56:06

You are going to have real difficulty finding an inkjet with a parallel port. However they do exist. Have a look at this.


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May 1, 2010 at 06:16:43

Well, I really do not mind whether it is inkjet or laser. Laser is alright as well as lon as it is compatible with pure MSDOS applications and it has parallel port.

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May 2, 2010 at 15:21:51

Good thing about laser printers is they normally allow you to program the port and configure the printer to mimic other models.

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May 2, 2010 at 15:44:03

Just a question,
if I have a pure MSDOS application running under DOS with an epson 900 stylus color connected through parallel port),

Should in theory virtually any other printer work successfully without the need of any drivers installation as long as we connected the new printer's parallel port to the computer's parallel port?

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May 2, 2010 at 15:49:20

Any printer with a parallel port should work under DOS.

How well it works depends entirely on the application that is using it.


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May 3, 2010 at 05:37:52

Then my question is, must I assume that if the pure MSDOS application is working fine with an Epson 900 Stylus Color with parallel port then it should work fine as well with any printer with parallel port without the need to install any driver?
Thanks in advance

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May 3, 2010 at 05:58:05

With computers you cannot assume anything, only what is likely.

As I said, it depends on the application using the printer as to how well it works as each application will come with its own drivers for particular printers.

With Windows drivers are produced by the printer manufacturer. With MS-DOS print drivers are produced by the application publisher, lots of them for each different type of printer.

In the absence of a particular driver for the particular printer you are using you will just be sending plain text to the printer and will be dependant on the printer facilities for formatting and fancy bits.

That's MS-DOS for you. Each application communicates directly with the printer port, something that doesn't happen in windows.


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May 3, 2010 at 10:09:30

Really old printer did not do graphics they only did text so a printer language was made to control these printers called PCL.
It basically worked that the computer sent commands to the printer telling it what to do. So like said above, some of the really old DOS programs did not use drivers. Latter they had graphics printers which required a SYS file to be loaded in the CONFIG.SYS file and then Windows came along and loaded a driver for its apps.

That aside, we no longer run off of a DOS kernel like in the old days and every thing is routed through Windows and the Drivers installed in Windows. PCL still works because the printer drivers for Windows knows how to translate the PCL commands to run the printer. So what ever the DOS program is it should work.

Could you tell us the name of the program so that we are not guessing?

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