An old dos database program I use daily on Windows ME worked perfectly well with my old HP880c printer until the printer packed up. I have 3 different Lexmark printers and none will print from the program although they will print from none dos applications. I have tried the different dos help suggestions that come with the Lexmark discs without success. If I follow the ME troubleshooting guide and go to a command prompt and then type “copy con lpt1” “showcase” “Z “ then it prints every time until the machine is switched off. After that I have to go through the same routine again. I have tried and paid for dosprn over a year ago when I had the same problem because the printer that I purchased was usb only, this cured the problem. I have tried the new trial version and this will work with my other 2 printers but now as I have changed computer I would have to pay for the program to be reactivated again. Any ideas please even a way to make the command prompt line run automatically would do.
Hi again DieSse. If i click on windows help and support and follow the printing troubleshooter I get a page that reads as follows "Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, and then click MS-DOS Prompt. At the command prompt, type: copy con lpt1 If your printer is connected to the LPT1 port.
If your printer is connected to a port other than LPT1, replace "lpt1" with the correct port. Press ENTER. At the command prompt, type: showpage Press ENTER. Press CTRL+Z, and then press ENTER.
If your printer prints a page with the text "showpage", the connection between your computer and printer is fine" After I do that it prints a page that has showcase written on it. After that I can then go to my program and will print every thing that I need until the computer is turned off. When I turn the computer back on the next day it will not print from the dos program (it will print other things) until I go into command prompt and do the same again
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