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Jason Lockhart
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2000 - 3:08 pm:   

I have a Xerox WorkCentre 390 printer, attached to the computer via a USB port. In Windows everything works fine, but I can't print out of any of my DOS programs -- all are looking for a printer on LPT1. I tried to specify the printer's path on my network (it is attached to the machine I am printing from, but it is shared on my home network), figuring that Windows would then take over the job and everything would work, but there was no option for a network printer. Is there any other way to get this to work?

Thanks in advance
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2000 - 3:49 pm:   

i'm afraid not. there is no usb without windows. there needs to be a driver written to do this in dos. there are some trying to write drivers for detection and loading of drivers for the usb, but not yet, i'm afraid. i have 2 printers for this reason; a primary windows printer, and one for dos (also a backup printer).
Jason Lockhart
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 9:59 am:   

Ok, I can also hook it up with to the parallel port (both options - USB and regular Parallel are on the printer) and have set it up in Windows as a seperate printer using LPT1. I can print in Windows to the printer through LPT1 now, but it still won't work in DOS. Any other ideas?
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2000 - 3:44 pm:   

does it say in the manual or on the xerox's web site if this can be used in dos at all. i have a hp deskjet 722c which can only be used in windows. those are the only drivers. so i have a hp672c for dos printing/windows printing. the 672c has dos drivers where the 722c doesn't. you might try to pickup a used printer somwhere for this. look in the paper. sometimes you can get them for around $50.

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