|I am not surprised you get funny characters. Hyper-terminal expects to get its information form an RS232 serial port, not a parallel port.|
The information coming out of the parallel port contains code and data to tell the printer what to do with the information, font type, character size, bold, underline etc. Information that is totally irrelevant to hyper-terminal
If you want hard copy from the application, just set it to print directly to a file if the application has that facility. Otherwise you need to do some fancy programming to interpret the data the same way a printer does..
Possible but no trivial task