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  1. Guest

    I could find it in the manual explaining how to connect HP4194A to a
    printer. What kind of printers can i connect. Am i suppose to use 8bit
    I/O port?

  2. Have you checked their website for a manual?

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    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  3. Guest

    i have checked in agilent and i have used the HP printer ( HP 930C)
    listed in the supported. How to set the HP 4194A to print with the
    printer connected?Could not find in the manual of HP4194A.
  4. carneyke

    carneyke Guest

    I think you set the printer to "listen always" and then hit a "print"
    button on the 4194A and away it goes. The secret is setting the
    printer to "listen always".
  5. carneyke

    carneyke Guest

    Forgot to mention. The above information is for HP printers with HPIB
    interface. I think the 930C is a newer unit and doesn't have HPIB
  6. Guest

    I do not see any option in my printer HP 930C to set it into listen
    mode. Initially i was using 4194A with a HP plotter 7550. It used to
    work fine till it was borrowed by my student. Now when i on my plotter
    it gives message "no optional memory loaded". I could not figure out
    the problem so thought of phasing out the older plotter and use the
    printer HP 930C. I can see from hp website the 4194A can be interfaced
    with the HP 930C. (
    Still not able to fix it.
    I am connecting it printer to the I/O port of the 4194A. How can i
    reconfigure 4194A to dump the screen shot to the printer via i/o port.
    The manual seems almost redutant for users like me. I could not find
    any useful information in it.

  7. The 930 is either Centronics or USB. HP defaulted to the HPIB/GPIB
    interface. There is a sub menu on most newer HP equipment to select the
    output interface, but its been over five years since I've had anything
    in front of me that had this feature. Play with all the menus, but
    don't change anything you don't need to. Either that, or find one of
    the old HP printers with the proper interface. I think it was a tiny
    printer called a "Thinkjet".

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  8. carneyke

    carneyke Guest

    How you been doing ? Health ??

    Good advice on finding an older plotter or the "thinkjet" /
    "paintjet". The only problem is getting pens / cartridges as HP
    obsoleted them. Finding a working plotter / printer from the mid
    1980's time frame will be difficult too.

    Another option is buy a Centronics to IEEE488 convertor from Black Box
    Corp. The convertor would go between the 4194's IEEE bus and the
    printers input cable.

    Original poster should find out what interface his 960C uses and
    contact Black Box Corp with his problem. All this information is close
    to 10 years old. I don't know if Black Box makes these devices

    I used one of their devices to convert IEEE488 bus to RS-232. I was
    programming some instruments years ago (HP Basic) and it was easier to
    do it that way (versus using the PC's serial port and the IEEE488).

    Good Luck, Kevin
  9. You may want to investigate this device:

    Read the manual and FAQ for information on other programs you can use to
    transfer the plotter information to your PC and plot it on a Windows
    supported printer.

    The User's Manual for the 4194A is available at:
    There is also a Printer Compatibility document available at:
    See footnote 2 for the GPIB to Parallel converter that is available from

    Since most currently available printers have USB only, you may be better off
    in the long run with some of the software programs available. Google
    7470.exe as a starting place. There is also a program called Plottergeist
    that you may want to check out.

    Hope this helps.


  10. I'm to the point of trying to figure out who you have to blackmail at
    the VA to get abscessed teeth out. I am gathering up the old camping
    gear and a couple pairs of small channel lock pliers to crush them, if
    the refuse to pull them again. over six years with infections is too
    much. Now, all I need is an investigative TV reporter who wants to tape
    me trying to remove the teeth myself.

    I don't know if any of the Commodore 4023 GPIB printers I have still
    work, but there are about a dozen in storage.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
  11. Guest

    Thanks a lot for the replies and help. I understand now that i goto
    buy some HPIB to parallel converter to interface the printer. Since
    the HP4194A is already obsolete and i got pretty old one still
    working, i do not want to spend another thousand dollars buying the
    converter. I would like to use the I/O 8bit port available at the back
    of 4194A to interface with printer. Do you think its possible. the
    manual just mentions that this I/O can be used to interface the
    peripherals. If anyone has done this before, it would be wonderful if
    you can let me know how. Thanks to all.
  12. carneyke

    carneyke Guest

    The Black Box converters were about $200 (US). I don't think the I/O
    port will plot / print the screen. I calibrate the 4194's at my job,
    they are very reliable.

  13. Check Ebay for the converter.

    Service to my country? Been there, Done that, and I've got my DD214 to
    prove it.
    Member of DAV #85.

    Michael A. Terrell
    Central Florida
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