Citizen 200GX printer driver for Windows 7

July 20, 2010 at 22:13:15
Specs: Windows 7
Is it possible to get a Windows 7 driver for this Citizen printer? If yes, where can I download it. I have searched the net without success.

Thanks
Kevin


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#1
July 21, 2010 at 06:55:56
The Citizen 200GX is a very old printer and I very much doubt that a driver was ever specifically written for Windows 7. This printer is probably similar to an old Epson printer. Remember that if this is a 64 bit OS that all drivers must be 64 bit and they must be signed.

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#2
July 21, 2010 at 16:59:48
I am aware of that I am running a 64-bit OS (Windows 7 Ultimate). However, given that you can run Windows XP mode with Windows Virtual PC on a Windows 7 PC, is there anyone who could then provide me with a Windows XP printer driver for the Citizen 200GX or a link to where I could download one? My understanding of running Virtual PC would allow me to use the old Citizen 200GX printer in the Windows XP mode. I have done a search for the driver on the net without success.

Thanks
Kevin


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#3
July 23, 2010 at 17:25:03
I can't vouch for the site but a Google for that printer turned up this hit.

http://www.driverfiles.net/Printers...

Are you running it off a parallel port?


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#4
July 25, 2010 at 19:20:29
I have a new pc which has Windows 7 Ultimate as the OS and hope to use my Citizen 200GX printer by hooking it up to a usb port. I've had to buy a usb-centronix cable to do this as I don't have a parallel/serial ports in my new pc.

I found the same link at DriverFiles.net as you inserted above in a Google search for my Citizen 200GX printer driver. However, I am not convinced a Windows 7 driver is available for the Citizen 200GX dot matrix printer despite what appears on the DriverFiles.net web page. I say this because when I click on the Windows Update and go through the Add Printer process in Control Panel it doesn't add the Citizen 200GX.

Also, I did a test on my old Windows 98SE pc with a Citizen GSX-190 printer driver (which Windows 7 has a driver available). This worked fine on my old pc but on my new Windows 7 pc when running the same colour report that I want to print out, the formatting is out of alignment. Also, there is no Custom paper size option available to select in the Windows 7 Citizen GSX-190 printer driver.

I don't really want to have to register and then pay for the DriverCure software if it doesn't have a Windows 7 driver for the Citizen 200GX printer.

However, I will e-mail them on their forum to clarify this.

Thanks
Kevin


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#5
July 25, 2010 at 20:49:19
I just dug out the manual for an old Citizen GSX.145 wide carraige dot matrix printer. Been years since I used it for anything but had recalled something about emulation. The 145 has built in emulation for Epson LQ and some IBM printers.

I suggest you consult the manual, if you have one to see if the GSX-190 has similar settings.

Dot matrix printers are still widely in use to print multi-copy forms in the business world. Your printer may be able to emulate a more popular Panasonic, Epson LQ series or an IBM. One that does have a Windows 7 driver available.

Below is a link to what appears to be a digital copy of your manual, if you don't have one. Again, I can't vouch for the site or know if there is a fee involved.

http://www.fixya.com/support/p23905...


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#6
July 26, 2010 at 17:32:54
Thanks for the link to the GSX-190 electronic manual.

I had previously read the 200GX manual and saw that it emulates the same printers that the GSX-190 does i.e. Epson FX-850 and the IBM Proprinter III.

On my Windows 7 pc I have addressed the formatting issue when using the GSX-190 printer driver by changing the font to Courier New (I was previously using a Courier 20cpi font) and now the report looks fine on the screen BUT now I can't print the report from my new Win 7 pc. The job stays in the print queue but doesn't print. So it seems that this is a Windows 7 OS issue given that this is a 64-bit OS compared with the 32-bit Windows 98 OS.

Any suggestions on how to print now?

Thanks
Kevin


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#7
July 26, 2010 at 18:54:02
Not really

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#8
July 28, 2010 at 08:09:14
What version of Windows 7 are you running? If you have ultimate or professional you can install Virtual PC and a special version of WinXP to run inside Virtual PC. That may allow you to run the printer that way.

Adapters are always hit and miss.

A simpler solution would be to install a PCI (slot) based parallel card to run the printer as it was intended. Look at the link below for some samples. Newegg.com is an excellent online vendor if you are in the USA. Read the reviews and specs before buying.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#9
July 28, 2010 at 08:50:12
I have finally resolved this issue. When using the USB to parallel adapter, I forgot to change my printer port from LPT1: to USB001. This has fixed my printing probelms.

Thanks for all helpful suggestions.


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#10
July 28, 2010 at 08:59:58
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit edition.

Also, I have been working on trying to get Virtual PC working for my 16-bit and 32-bit programs but haven't got Windows XP running inside Virtual PC yet. That will be my next project. However, in the meantime I have found an excellent program called DOSBox (http://www.dosbox.com) that has addressed this issue of running old DOS programs.


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#11
February 20, 2011 at 17:33:05
Hi.

I had tried the Citizen 200GX under Windows 7 64 bits and works.

The trick is on "Device and Printers" select "Add Printer" and choose "Windows Update" to show the list of all the printers available. Select "Citizen" and "Swift 9".

It should work. I even try it with a parallel-USB adapter.

Regards


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#12
February 21, 2011 at 04:37:15
Hi,
Thanks for your advice.

I actually have already run the Windows printer update and have been using the GSX-190 printer driver since July 2010 with the Citizen 200GX printer and works okay. The only downside is that this driver doesn't fit as many columns across the page as the Windows 98 200GX printer driver did but I will give the Swift 9 driver a go with my original program and see how that compares with the old 200GX driver and the GSX-190 printer driver that I have been using under Windows 7.

Cheers


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