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W2K and "unusual printer"

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March 11, 2002 4:29:59 PM

we have a printer installed by a local vendor...

the printer has a rj-11 port, into which the phone line is connected... the local vendor "dials in" to the pirnter to print our reports....

there is NO parallel port on the back of the printer, but rather a serial port (in addition to the rj-11 port)...

i would like to use this same printer to print via W2K...

how do i connect a parallel port output from the computer to the serial port on the back of the printer...

i got a "cable" with the appropriate ends, but no luck...

i think it might have something to do with W2K settings, but don't know....

any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated....

thx

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March 11, 2002 8:47:40 PM

use the serial port on your PC. It's a serial printer, after all.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
March 12, 2002 8:47:40 PM

i tried connecting the printer using a serial cable to one of the serial ports in the back of the computer, and set up the printer under "com1".. - no luck... i also tried com2 and com4 (com3 is being used for my modem), but still no luck...

any other suggestions?...
March 13, 2002 8:28:36 AM

What model printer is it exactly? You might have to play with the wiring to get it to work correctly, sometimes you need a null modem cable or other times you need a straight through cable. Try to check the manual.

Also make sure your COM ports are enabled in the BIOS.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
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