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  1. Ardent

    Ardent Guest

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    For a very long time I have been using a DOS pcb program which used to
    work great with my hp Deskjet which worked off the parallel port.

    When that printer dies I got a new one that works off the USB. No
    matter what I tried I could not get access to the printer, even after
    using some of the DOS-USB drivers.

    The program does save the output to a *.PRN file. I wish to know is
    there is a way of sending this file to the printer via the USB port.

    any help will be appreciated.

    TIA
     
  2. Is the computer or printer broken? Then post in sci.electronics.repair

    Otherwise, this has no relevance to electronics, and belongs in a
    computer newsgroup; there are a ton of them.

    Michael
     
  3. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Subject: Printing problem
    I've got an old '486 lurking in a corner just to run some old DOS software with
    an old printer, as do a lot of people.

    Sometimes the best thing to do is to keep the old system around. That might
    mean repairing the printer for you.

    Good luck
    Chris
     
  4. Art

    Art Guest

    FWIW: The Driver Disk supplied with the new printer should have some nice
    accessories with it regarding full functional abilities of you new purchase.
    Otherwise you may need to contact the manufacturer regarding backward
    compabilities..
     
  5. Hi,
    With the .PRN extension, it sounds like you may be using an old OrCad
    DOS program such as PCB-II. I assume that your printer doesn't support
    one of the plotter languages such as HPGL, PCL-n, etc., or you wouldn't
    have asked, so try plotting (instead of printing) to a file. That should
    create a listing in ASCII format (you may have to edit it) which being
    generic won't have any OS-specific hang-ups. From there look for a
    utility that will output that to your printer under your particular OS
    through the USB port. I don't actually know of one but I have great
    faith in the web when it comes to finding that kind of thing.

    If you can find one, dig out an old laser printer as they usually
    handle this kind of thing fine. Had you been in the UK, I could have
    given you one.

    Cheers - Joe
     
  6. Bob Masta

    Bob Masta Guest

    I'm not clear on the above: Do you mean the DOS-USB drivers
    don't work from the command line, or just that they don't work with
    the program.
    If the DOS drivers work at all, you should be able to save your PRN
    file and then from the command prompt use
    COPY FILENAME.PRN PRN
    or maybe use LPT instead of PRN. This assumes that the PRN
    format is the same as that emulated by the driver. Presumably,
    your layout program has a choice of printers from which you
    originally selected the DeskJet. If that doesn't work with the
    driver, try selecting LaserJet. I don't know about the DeskJet,
    but with the DOS layout program that I use (ECAD) the LaserJet
    drivers all use HPGL. I haven't specifically tried to print to a USB
    printer, but it works with different laser printers.

    Hope this helps!



    Bob Masta
    dqatechATdaqartaDOTcom

    D A Q A R T A
    Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
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  7. Chaos Master

    Chaos Master Guest

    Ardent whispered:
    If the printer can be placed on a network, you could 'map' the USB port to a
    local parallel port.

    Else, I think this would work with Windows XP:

    COPY /B FILE.PRN > USB001:

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