How can I add printers to the old first choice

April 18, 2012 at 13:29:14
Specs: Windows XP
I have floppy disc with the old First Choice program on them. I can still save material to the disc but I am unable to print the material because the program does not list the printers that I use at work and at home.
How can you add computers to the list on my disc?

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April 18, 2012 at 14:25:57
First Choice is an old Windows 3.1 application. It runs inside a Virtual DOS Environment on Windows XP (since XP has no real DOS environment).

Your printers do not work in DOS because DOS cannot detect printers that are connected to a USB port, and the printer drivers are not DOS-compatible anyway. Consequently, the program will not be able to "see" your printers, and you cannot add them to the program.

The program was designed to be used with the now obsolete printers which were connected to a computer's printer parallel-port (also called LPT1). Most computers do not have a parallel-port nowadays, and no modern printer has a parallel port connection either.

The bottom line is that you can't use your printers with that program unless you can find an old parallel-port printer and a PC with a parallel-port.

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April 18, 2012 at 21:22:52
What type of files are saved ?
What is their file extension ?

If any of the printers are parallel port connected, you MAY be able to use a printer emulation with First Choice, as in, the printer may be able to emulate some model such as an IBM ProPrinter, or an old Epson model, that IS listed in First Choice. .

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April 19, 2012 at 06:04:32
Thank you for your help.

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April 19, 2012 at 07:31:55
Please answer the questions in response 2 - you may be able print the files in Windows as is, or use some program to convert them to another file type so that they can be printed in Windows

- and make a comment regarding whether any of the printers are parallel connected, and if any are, quote the printer's make and model.

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