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Re^6: Raw Data to Printer on Win XP

by dvergin (Monsignor)
on Sep 29, 2004 at 23:45 UTC ( #395179=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^5: Raw Data to Printer on Win XP
in thread Raw Data to Printer on Win XP

Gee, golly, how I hate admin-ing a system through a GUI. Not only is it a pain doing it. It's a pain documenting what you have done.

Anyway, I did:

     Start / Settings / Printers_and_Faxes / Deskjet500 on USB
That brings up a window for the printer. Then:
     Printer / Properties / Ports
Here I selected the (previously unselected) LPT1: port. After a brief pause, the Printer column (previously empty) showed: "Deskjet500 on USB". Which seemed *very* promising.

But "mode LPT1: /status" (with and without the colon after LPT1) in a _fresh_ CMD window still complains: "Illegal device name - LPT1".

Perhaps if I reboot. Yes! That's it. A simple reboot and this'll all be behind me and I'll be able to get on with my life.   stand by...

No such luck. I still get:

>mode LPT1: /status
Illegal device name - LPT1

Unable to initialize device PRN
How do I cause LPT1 to exist on this system?

POST FACTO NOTE: Don't re-assign a USB printer to the LPT1 port as described here. I later noticed that this selection unselected the proper assignment of this printer to the USB port. All this did was to assign a printer that I had named "Deskjet500 on USB" to the (non-existant) LPT1 port. The fact that I had named it "...on USB" had no significance for the system. And this clearly did not redirect LPT1 to the USB port even thought it looked that way on the screen. I had to go back and select the USB port to get my printer back.

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