Printing with a Modern Inkjet printer

July 30, 2010 at 06:32:32
Specs: MS Dos 6.2
I am able to use a computer that has MS Dos 6.2 already installed the software is written in PAL/Paradox, does anyone know how I can get it to print using a modern HP inkjet printer?

Thanks
Raphael.
raphael@aandb.co.uk


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#1
July 30, 2010 at 08:23:49
The following software, I believe, will need you to run the software in NT Command Prompt on a Windows NT O/S:

http://www.dos2usb.com

http://www.printfil.com/english.htm

http://www.dosprn.com/

MS-DOS software was generally written for Parallel Port Printers, Laser printers with parallel ports may still be available which will work in PCL5 mode:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Printe...


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#2
July 30, 2010 at 08:44:30
Great I wil try it out and let you know what I manage thanks for the speedy reply.

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#3
July 30, 2010 at 10:05:41
If you can find an older (but still 'modern' relative to dos 6.2) inkjet with a parallel port you may be able to get it set up.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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#4
July 30, 2010 at 10:33:37
Yeah thanks but I think that may prove to be difficult.

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#5
August 1, 2010 at 00:09:33
Why do you need an Inkjet Printer?

The o/s and therefore presumably the application is old. Because of this would think it may not have the capability of driving a laser or inkjet printer.

Under dos, generally each application provided its own driver for whatever printer(s) it was outputting to.

Printing could be output on either the parallel or serial ports.

Laser printers evolved from Xerox copiers and became available for pc's during the mid-80's.

In the latter (dos) days some drivers became available for the early lasers, but tended not to support the full range of facilities simply because the application had not been programmed to use anyway.

As laser printers became more complex, later ones tended to support output intended for earlier (simpler) models. Whether the same is true for todays inkjets supporting early lasers, I do not know. It rather depends on the control script used.

Am looking at a OKI Microline 192 9-pin dot matrix printer at least 20 years old and still going strong. Doubt any laser or inkjet will give that length of service.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#6
August 1, 2010 at 03:18:11
Yes I am beginning to see the reality it's just that I thought that MSDos 6.2 being still so popular someone may have worked out an add on that would have enabled using a modern printer instead of a dot matrix. Heigh Ho back to the drawing board -- thanks for all your help.

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#7
August 1, 2010 at 06:36:02
As you now mention Dot Matrix did you realise that Epson still manufacture Dot Parallel Port Matrix Printers?

http://www.epson.co.uk/Printers-and...

http://www.epson.co.uk/Printers-and...


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#8
August 1, 2010 at 10:51:20
Yes thanks the one I have is really large it works well but I need a lot of space and as I have an inkjet as well I was trying to....but at least I have found this site in my quest which is really great. Thanks for all your help.

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#9
August 1, 2010 at 13:47:18
Raphael - the answer is in the application, rather than the o/s.

The application may be able to drive other printers, including early lasers.

If it can only drive the one currently attached, possibly depending on the printer make/model (and maybe what it is emulating) a smaller version might be available. You have to check how the printer is set up. Parallel or serial connection is unimportant.

Dot matrix printers unlike lasers, last a long time, can print multi-part and are cheap to run. Have found it best to use the maker's ribbons rather than oem ones.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.


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#10
August 2, 2010 at 01:30:59
You know I think I will keep the dot matrix and dish the inkjet -- no only kidding -- I guess I will keep the both of them until I find a solution which doesn't look probable now -- thanks.

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#11
August 2, 2010 at 11:25:21
If 'modern' means USB then that's going to be an additional problem. Dos USB support is kind of iffy but you'd need to get that settled before thinking about using a USB printer.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation


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#12
August 2, 2010 at 11:54:54
Well I am sorry I asked the question it gets worse and worse, well that's it I wont go that route.
Thanks anyway.

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#13
August 2, 2010 at 20:30:40
Raphael

if the application printout is important, please consider having a spare (working/tested) printer available should the current one fail.

Good Luck - Keep us posted


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