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    Need help printing a print file

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    by jzelinski ·

    Non-techy guy here who needs your help:

    I have a print file (“file.prn”) that was created by a Windows user who printed their document to a printer, but told it to “print to file” instead of to the printer. Of course, now they’ve gone and deleted the original document.

    I’m trying to print that .prn file. I can open the file in WordPad and see all the jibberish code…and at the top, is a line that says:

    @PJL
    ENTER LANGUAGE=PCL3GUI

    So…I am assuming they printed this using a print driver for some sort of HP-like printer, using the PCL3GUI printer language.

    I know how to use the ‘copy’ command to send the file to LPT1, for example.

    But here’s my question:
    Is my only hope to send this to a printer that uses that exact language?…or is there any sort of tool or method that can help me convert this .prn file to something more conventional, like PCL 5 or 6 language, or even to plain text– something that would let me view or print the info. with a wider range of the hardware.

    Thanks for any insight.

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    • #2743059

      Reply To: Need help printing a print file

      by retallic01 ·

      In reply to Need help printing a print file

      Probably have to print from MS-DOS
      ensure that you have a printer connected to the parrallel port of your PC (lpt!1)
      type the following

      copy c:\file location and name.prn lpt1

      With the file converting, you should be able to convert it to a .pdf format which is used by adobe acrobat. know anyone with acrobat 6.0 pro?

      • #2742958

        Reply To: Need help printing a print file

        by jzelinski ·

        In reply to Reply To: Need help printing a print file

        Thanks for the reply, but as stated, I do know how to use the ‘copy’ command to send the file to LPT1, but all I am getting out of the printer is odd characters– presumably because the printer I have connected to LPT1 isn’t capable of interpreting the PCL3GUI language.

        The question then: Is my only hope to use a printer that uses that exact language?…or is there any other way I might convert this .prn file to something where I can at least read the text.

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