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Two printers - one port

By cutie_pyie ·
I have a user who is running Win95/sr2 on a IBM compat. PC. He uses some DOS based pgms also.
He has two printers hooked up thru a soft switch (it has no mechanical switch). When he was running Windows 3.1/DOS 6.22, he used to just execute a small bat file to PRIME the particular printer he wanted to print to (a laser jet on port B, or a dot matrix on port C of the soft switch).
The batch file consisted of the follow cmd:
echo *port=b* > prn for the laser jet
echo *port=c* > prn for the dot matrix

It worked fine in both dos 6.22 and Windows 3.1!!

Question is: how to get it to work (now that he is running Windows-95) when he wants to run DOS programs under Windows-95??
I DO NOT want to have to go to PRINTERS in Windows and select the one he wants to print to as the default and then run the DOS program, because then he has to remember to reset it after he is done!
Is there a way to set up a second psuedo printer port (LPT2:) that will work??
Installing a second parallel port card

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by ec364 In reply to Two printers - one port

All you have to do is create two shortcuts to run the DOS batch files for your printer softswitch on Windows 95 desktop. Once created, to this:

(1) Right-click on one of the batch files.
(2) Click Properties/Program
(3) Then click the box for "Close on Exit." (4) Click OK to close the shortcut properties.
(5) Repeat steps 1 to 4 for the other batch file.

Windows 95's MS-DOS prompt retains the last setting you made for LPT1 (PRN). So, before you run your DOS program, double-click on theappropriate softswitch printer icon. Then run your DOS program.

Enjoy!

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by cutie_pyie In reply to Two printers - one port

Thanks a million!!

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by Ian McLean In reply to Two printers - one port

Your best bet here, which is also the easiest solution is the just add another LPT port. You should be able to pick one up at your local computer dealer. I prefer Lava ports but there are other good ones out there. Lava has a pnp pci that is veryeasy to install. Just hook one of the printers to the added port. Good luck.

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by cutie_pyie In reply to Two printers - one port
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by bdgray In reply to Two printers - one port

Windows defaults to ECP printer ports. You may want to change the printer port driver in windows to Standard Printer Port or see if there is an option in bios for a standard printer port rather than and enhanced port. Enhance ports support bidirectional communications and your soft switch probably does not.

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by cutie_pyie In reply to Two printers - one port
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by CompZone9 In reply to Two printers - one port

I have lots of experience with this. Bottom line: make your (and everyone else's) life easier by adding another parallel port card. Getting DOS programs to work with 95/98 is not very fun and very time consuming. You can get these at computer shows for $10-15 or by mail order for around $15-20 plus shipping. Don't need a high performance PCI one, an ISA will work just fine. Just tell 95 that you are adding an LPT port by going to Add Hardware in Control Panel and set it up for LPT2 if it doesn't automatically. Power down, insert card, power up, and you will be set. Now, assign the printer of choice to LPT2. When the DOS program goes to print, it will use the default already set up for the program (LPT1 or 2) or he can pick the oneto print if there is a choice in the DOS print screen. I sell these new at my store for $15 plus $5 shipping. Good luck.

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by cutie_pyie In reply to Two printers - one port

Thanks anyway!

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