Cannot print 132 columns!

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Hi --

I need to set up an HP DeskJet printer to print text-only, 132-column
reports from a legacy app. The printer is connected to the PC's parallel
port.

I created a new printer using the Generic/Text Only driver. A test page
confirms that the printer is printing in text-only mode, albeit only 80
columns wide and in 10-pitch.

I then went to the Printer Commands tab in the printer's Properties sheet
and entered the PCL commands to set the line printer (16.6-pitch) font:

Begin Print Job: <1B>(s16.66H<1B>&k6.76H

Now, when I send a job to this printer, the job prints in 17-pitch -- but
still only prints 80 columns! Every line is truncated, and I'm missing the
rightmost one-third of the report.

How do I get this to properly print 132 columns?

Thanks,
CL
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Dear Mr. Charles Lavin,

    > I need to set up an HP DeskJet printer to print text-only, 132-column
    > reports from a legacy app. The printer is connected to the PC's parallel
    > port.

    you may want to have a look at Printfil which allows your legacy app. to
    print to the Windows printer by using its Windows driver (with many extras)

    More info and a free trial is available for download at our web site

    Kind regards,
    Davide Guolo
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Printfil - Windows Printing System for Applications
    http://www.guolo.com/printfil
    Odbc4All - Connection to ODBC Data Sources for any Application
    http://www.guolo.com/odbc4all
    --------------------------------------------------------------
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Thanks for the information. But all I need is for a terminal emulator to
    properly print to an HP printer in text mode what it receives through a
    slave print request. I'm not looking to modify the app, which is on a Unix
    system.
    "Davide Guolo" <guolo.NOSPAM.davide@libero.it> wrote in message
    news:_oTLd.11352$QG6.211076@twister2.libero.it...
    > Dear Mr. Charles Lavin,
    >
    >> I need to set up an HP DeskJet printer to print text-only, 132-column
    >> reports from a legacy app. The printer is connected to the PC's parallel
    >> port.
    >
    > you may want to have a look at Printfil which allows your legacy app. to
    > print to the Windows printer by using its Windows driver (with many
    > extras)
    >
    > More info and a free trial is available for download at our web site
    >
    > Kind regards,
    > Davide Guolo
    > --------------------------------------------------------------
    > Printfil - Windows Printing System for Applications
    > http://www.guolo.com/printfil
    > Odbc4All - Connection to ODBC Data Sources for any Application
    > http://www.guolo.com/odbc4all
    > --------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Try setting the paper selection to "US STD Fanfold". I have no idea if
    this will work or not, however, this type of paper is for "132 column"
    printing, so the driver shouldn't truncate at 80 columns. The driver
    doesn't "know" about your added printer command string, but the fanfold
    paper selection (14.8 x 11 inches) might "con" the driver into printing full
    width.

    Had
    --
    Hal Hostetler, CPBE -- hhh@kvoa.com
    Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-S/U -- WA7BGX
    http://www.kvoa.com -- "When News breaks, we fix it!"
    KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
    Still Cadillacin' - www.badnewsbluesband.com

    "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    news:OlZZVEJCFHA.3976@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Hi --
    >
    > I need to set up an HP DeskJet printer to print text-only, 132-column
    > reports from a legacy app. The printer is connected to the PC's parallel
    > port.
    >
    > I created a new printer using the Generic/Text Only driver. A test page
    > confirms that the printer is printing in text-only mode, albeit only 80
    > columns wide and in 10-pitch.
    >
    > I then went to the Printer Commands tab in the printer's Properties sheet
    > and entered the PCL commands to set the line printer (16.6-pitch) font:
    >
    > Begin Print Job: <1B>(s16.66H<1B>&k6.76H
    >
    > Now, when I send a job to this printer, the job prints in 17-pitch -- but
    > still only prints 80 columns! Every line is truncated, and I'm missing the
    > rightmost one-third of the report.
    >
    > How do I get this to properly print 132 columns?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Thanks. That worked. Or something similar did ... I created a new paper
    type.

    I wasn't expecting the text-only driver to be forms-capable...


    CL

    "Hal Hostetler [MVP-S/U]" <hhh@kvoa.com> wrote in message
    news:%2390hNiOCFHA.1396@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    > Try setting the paper selection to "US STD Fanfold". I have no idea if
    > this will work or not, however, this type of paper is for "132 column"
    > printing, so the driver shouldn't truncate at 80 columns. The driver
    > doesn't "know" about your added printer command string, but the fanfold
    > paper selection (14.8 x 11 inches) might "con" the driver into printing
    > full width.
    >
    > Had
    > --
    > Hal Hostetler, CPBE -- hhh@kvoa.com
    > Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-S/U -- WA7BGX
    > http://www.kvoa.com -- "When News breaks, we fix it!"
    > KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
    > Still Cadillacin' - www.badnewsbluesband.com
    >
    > "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    > news:OlZZVEJCFHA.3976@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi --
    >>
    >> I need to set up an HP DeskJet printer to print text-only, 132-column
    >> reports from a legacy app. The printer is connected to the PC's parallel
    >> port.
    >>
    >> I created a new printer using the Generic/Text Only driver. A test page
    >> confirms that the printer is printing in text-only mode, albeit only 80
    >> columns wide and in 10-pitch.
    >>
    >> I then went to the Printer Commands tab in the printer's Properties sheet
    >> and entered the PCL commands to set the line printer (16.6-pitch) font:
    >>
    >> Begin Print Job: <1B>(s16.66H<1B>&k6.76H
    >>
    >> Now, when I send a job to this printer, the job prints in 17-pitch -- but
    >> still only prints 80 columns! Every line is truncated, and I'm missing
    >> the
    >> rightmost one-third of the report.
    >>
    >> How do I get this to properly print 132 columns?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> CL
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Dear Mr. Charles Lavin,

    > Thanks for the information. But all I need is for a terminal emulator to
    > properly print to an HP printer in text mode what it receives through a
    > slave print request. I'm not looking to modify the app, which is on a Unix
    > system.

    I'm glad to see you already found a solution to your problem, anyway, if you
    wish to take advantage of the mentioned extras, you can use Printfil on the
    Windows machine also to print your Unix generated reports, without the need
    for modify the Unix app. on the remote system.
    If you need more info feel free to write to my private e-mail address.

    Kind regards,
    Davide Guolo
    --------------------------------------------------------------
    Printfil - Windows Printing System for Applications
    http://www.guolo.com/printfil
    Odbc4All - Connection to ODBC Data Sources for any Application
    http://www.guolo.com/odbc4all
    --------------------------------------------------------------
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    I've the same problem as you but I don't find how to create a new paper
    for Generic/Text driver.

    How have you made this ?

    Charles Lavin a écrit :
    > Thanks. That worked. Or something similar did ... I created a new paper
    > type.
    >
    > I wasn't expecting the text-only driver to be forms-capable...
    >
    >
    > CL
    >
    > "Hal Hostetler [MVP-S/U]" <hhh@kvoa.com> wrote in message
    > news:%2390hNiOCFHA.1396@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
    >
    >>Try setting the paper selection to "US STD Fanfold". I have no idea if
    >>this will work or not, however, this type of paper is for "132 column"
    >>printing, so the driver shouldn't truncate at 80 columns. The driver
    >>doesn't "know" about your added printer command string, but the fanfold
    >>paper selection (14.8 x 11 inches) might "con" the driver into printing
    >>full width.
    >>
    >>Had
    >>--
    >>Hal Hostetler, CPBE -- hhh@kvoa.com
    >>Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-S/U -- WA7BGX
    >>http://www.kvoa.com -- "When News breaks, we fix it!"
    >>KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
    >>Still Cadillacin' - www.badnewsbluesband.com
    >>
    >>"Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    >>news:OlZZVEJCFHA.3976@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >>>Hi --
    >>>
    >>>I need to set up an HP DeskJet printer to print text-only, 132-column
    >>>reports from a legacy app. The printer is connected to the PC's parallel
    >>>port.
    >>>
    >>>I created a new printer using the Generic/Text Only driver. A test page
    >>>confirms that the printer is printing in text-only mode, albeit only 80
    >>>columns wide and in 10-pitch.
    >>>
    >>>I then went to the Printer Commands tab in the printer's Properties sheet
    >>>and entered the PCL commands to set the line printer (16.6-pitch) font:
    >>>
    >>> Begin Print Job: <1B>(s16.66H<1B>&k6.76H
    >>>
    >>>Now, when I send a job to this printer, the job prints in 17-pitch -- but
    >>>still only prints 80 columns! Every line is truncated, and I'm missing
    >>>the
    >>>rightmost one-third of the report.
    >>>
    >>>How do I get this to properly print 132 columns?
    >>>
    >>>Thanks,
    >>>CL
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
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