DOS Program Will Not Print

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I have a DOS program (Volkswriter) that will not print in XP. I have
thousands of documents that we are converting but need to still use
them in the mean time. When I print, it doesn't list any errors, just
acts like it prints but nothing comes out of the printer! Any help?
Thanks.

Tony McDonald
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support (More info?)

    Tony M. wrote:
    > I have a DOS program (Volkswriter) that will not print in XP. I have
    > thousands of documents that we are converting but need to still use
    > them in the mean time. When I print, it doesn't list any errors, just
    > acts like it prints but nothing comes out of the printer! Any help?
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Tony McDonald

    Maybe the author's of Volkswriter know. MAybe it's a USB thing, in
    which case perhaps people in DOS newsgroups will know or google for dos
    usb drivers. In the mean time I suggest working around it. Print in
    windows 98 or boot to DOS off a boot disk / boot CD. Nero express
    (included in nero) has an easy wizard for making a boot cd.
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    In article <1113420583.015791.181570@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com>,
    james hanley <jameshanley39@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    >
    >Tony M. wrote:
    >> I have a DOS program (Volkswriter) that will not print in XP. I have
    >> thousands of documents that we are converting but need to still use
    >> them in the mean time. When I print, it doesn't list any errors, just
    >> acts like it prints but nothing comes out of the printer! Any help?
    >> Thanks.
    >>
    >> Tony McDonald
    >
    >Maybe the author's of Volkswriter know. MAybe it's a USB thing, in
    >which case perhaps people in DOS newsgroups will know or google for dos
    >usb drivers. In the mean time I suggest working around it. Print in
    >windows 98 or boot to DOS off a boot disk / boot CD. Nero express
    >(included in nero) has an easy wizard for making a boot cd.
    >


    Did this app _ever_ print on a w2k/XP machine ?

    What error message do you get ?

    Are you printing right to LPT: or are you trying to print to the
    spooler?


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    Yes, it did print on this very computer. We had a tech guy from ADP
    dial in and make some changed for uploading a financial statement
    electronically. After that, the DOS program quit printing. It is
    printing to the LPT1 port, I'll check the spool thing but I don't
    think the ADP guy fooled with that part at all. Also, I'm not getting
    any error messages, it just does like it always did except that
    nothing comes out of the printer! Thanks

    On 13 Apr 2005 15:35:52 -0400, adykes@panix.com (Al Dykes) wrote:

    >In article <1113420583.015791.181570@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com>,
    >james hanley <jameshanley39@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    >>
    >>Tony M. wrote:
    >>> I have a DOS program (Volkswriter) that will not print in XP. I have
    >>> thousands of documents that we are converting but need to still use
    >>> them in the mean time. When I print, it doesn't list any errors, just
    >>> acts like it prints but nothing comes out of the printer! Any help?
    >>> Thanks.
    >>>
    >>> Tony McDonald
    >>
    >>Maybe the author's of Volkswriter know. MAybe it's a USB thing, in
    >>which case perhaps people in DOS newsgroups will know or google for dos
    >>usb drivers. In the mean time I suggest working around it. Print in
    >>windows 98 or boot to DOS off a boot disk / boot CD. Nero express
    >>(included in nero) has an easy wizard for making a boot cd.
    >>
    >
    >
    >Did this app _ever_ print on a w2k/XP machine ?
    >
    >What error message do you get ?
    >
    >Are you printing right to LPT: or are you trying to print to the
    >spooler?
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    In article <i5iv51p1m37nr3h93kpaure63g0hpadrqa@4ax.com>,
    Tony M. <adotm@coxdot.net> wrote:
    >Yes, it did print on this very computer. We had a tech guy from ADP
    >dial in and make some changed for uploading a financial statement
    >electronically. After that, the DOS program quit printing. It is
    >printing to the LPT1 port, I'll check the spool thing but I don't
    >think the ADP guy fooled with that part at all. Also, I'm not getting
    >any error messages, it just does like it always did except that
    >nothing comes out of the printer! Thanks
    >
    >On 13 Apr 2005 15:35:52 -0400, adykes@panix.com (Al Dykes) wrote:
    >
    >>In article <1113420583.015791.181570@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com>,
    >>james hanley <jameshanley39@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>Tony M. wrote:
    >>>> I have a DOS program (Volkswriter) that will not print in XP. I have
    >>>> thousands of documents that we are converting but need to still use
    >>>> them in the mean time. When I print, it doesn't list any errors, just
    >>>> acts like it prints but nothing comes out of the printer! Any help?
    >>>> Thanks.
    >>>>
    >>>> Tony McDonald
    >>>
    >>>Maybe the author's of Volkswriter know. MAybe it's a USB thing, in
    >>>which case perhaps people in DOS newsgroups will know or google for dos
    >>>usb drivers. In the mean time I suggest working around it. Print in
    >>>windows 98 or boot to DOS off a boot disk / boot CD. Nero express
    >>>(included in nero) has an easy wizard for making a boot cd.
    >>>
    >>
    >>
    >>Did this app _ever_ print on a w2k/XP machine ?
    >>
    >>What error message do you get ?
    >>
    >>Are you printing right to LPT: or are you trying to print to the
    >>spooler?
    >


    Does the application have a way to print to a disk file ? If you can
    then you can print the file from an XP application.

    Can anything else print from DOS ?

    I assume XP still prints.

    ISTR there were ways to redirect DOS LPT output to disk. I don't know
    if any of them would work under XP.

    If this application is _really_ important you can probably run it under
    VMWare or Microsoft Virtual PC.

    ADP was always a good outfit. Have you asked them what they did ?


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    a d y k e s @ p a n i x . c o m

    Don't blame me. I voted for Gore.
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