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ASCII, DOS, and printer ports

By jjansen ·
While working with a DOS program, LC50, it appears that I am unable to print its files to an HP Officejet 7210 printer. Same thing happens when I try to print ASCII files. Both the ASCII and DOS files end up getting sent to an LPT1 port to a printer that isn't connected to the computer, but still shows up (Intuit Internal Printer). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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What is the printer connected to?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to ASCII, DOS, and printer p ...

Is the printer connected to a USB port? If so, there may not be a way to print to it from these older applications. They may be hard-coded to go to LPT1; many DOS apps were. Hopefully all you need is a parallel printer cable, assuming your printer has a port for one. Then go to Printer Properties for your 7210 and change the port to LPT1. You may have to get a parallel printer.

Do you have any Intuit applications currently installed? If not, you can delete the Intuit Internal Printer.

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Workaround

by TonytheTiger In reply to ASCII, DOS, and printer p ...

Your officejet is on a usb port.

One way is to "share" the printer on the network, then redirect LPT1 to print to the share.

Another way is to install a printer on LPT1 (even though you don't have one), and enable printer pooling.

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