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What are all the steps necessary to re-establish printing functionality to a SPARCprinter connected to a LPVI board on a SPARCstation 10 running Solaris2.5.1?

Background:
1). Just upgraded from SUNOS4.1.3 to SUNOS5.5.1
2). Had been using NewsPRINT software for SUNOS4.1.3
3). VideoBoard (LPVI) device file had been /dev/lpvi0
4). All equipment had been fuctioning properly prior to
    upgrading the OS.
5). NewsPRINT software was responsible for printer setup
    under SUNOS4.1.3.

Finally, I am looking for a cheap fix to this problem. I've little doubt that if I purchased the latest revision of NewsPRINT that I'd be home free.  I am willing to go to some lengths to avoid shelling out major bucks on this.
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Hello:

   There are certain things in life you can not avoid, and upgrades are one of them.

   You need to buy the Solaris software, the model of the SparcPrinter is based in let the CPU of your computer do the work and the printer is just the hardware that makes the things done, but the software has to be Solaris software. With Sun worksatations most of the time you can't go cheap, you have to spend the bucks. You will be runing and ready in 10 minutes.

   By the way, if I were in your situation I will buy a real PostScript printer that does not need any aditional software when you upgrade ( well, if it has a network card still you could need to upgrade....)

Regards.
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