Print from DOS machine to network

August 15, 2009 at 08:10:14
Specs: Dos 6.22
I have a program that works in DO 6.22. It has a parallel port DONGLE that must be used. Is there a parallel port output device that will allow my parallel port to print to a network printer?

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August 15, 2009 at 09:59:11
Run the program is a compatibility mode in WinXP/ Vista. I would think you could select to print from another printer. The Dongle is strictly a hardware lock to prevent use of the software without the dongle. Is that correct?

If that won't work run the program under MS Virtual PC 2007.

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August 15, 2009 at 10:18:27
With the MS-DOS based Parallel Port Dongles, they rely on direct port access,

Windows NT based O/Ses do not allow direct port access..

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August 15, 2009 at 11:24:46

If that is the case I did not know that.


Can you print to a file from inside the DOS program?

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August 15, 2009 at 14:04:25

"Direct port controlling from application is not possible under Windows NT and to be ale to control the parallel port directly you will need to write some kind of device driver to do this."

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August 15, 2009 at 14:10:19
Therefore OP I do not feel this is feasible if the MS-DOS Software requires the Dongle to be accessed by the software.

If the software itself allows printing to a Network Printer then that is a different scenario.............

Lastly can the Printer be used by other MS-DOS Software with the Dongle in place ?? If so why not use the MS-DOS PC as a Network Print Server ???? It is feasible in MS Netwrok Client 3 to Share a printer !!!!

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August 15, 2009 at 14:55:19

I have a CAD program that over the years has used parallel port and USB dongles. The dongle is simply a hardware lock that allows access to the program and especially in the case of USB is not the device you print from.

I don't know if that is the case here or not.

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