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Problem With Remote NT Printer

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I have my HP 9000's set up to print to a remote HP
LaserJet 5P.  The printer is on a NT print server using TCP/IP.  I can print ascii files to the printer, however
the formating is lost (ie. blank line are deleted.)  Also when I print things from netscape I get garbage. Do I need
a new driver or what?  If I need one where do I get it.  
Thanks
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by:frederico
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This can be either a windows problem, a unix "printer definition"
problem or both.

Please tell me how you have the printer setup in the unix box
Also check in the windows definition to see if the output
to the printer is beeing sent in "EMF" or "RAW" format. It needs
to bee in "RAW" format. (see printer properties)

Best regards
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by:galarowicz
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This printer was set up under SAM and I don't know how the data is being sent.
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by:frederico
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Forgive my ignorance but what is "SAM" exactly.
How does it work ??

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by:galarowicz
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Sam is a utility on the HP which will preform various system functions for you.  To set up the printer all I have to do was
provide the remote system and printer name.  After which SAM goes out and sets up the print queue.  I do not know how to manually go out and set one up or look at what has been set up.  
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Have you tryed HP technical services for help.
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As frederico mentioned earlier, make sure that the printer is using RAW format if it is a postscript printer.  If it is not
a postscript printer, then there is your problem.  Netscape is
expecting to print to it in postscript.  ASCII, of course, will
print out fine since there is no postscript in it...  If you are sure that the printer is NOT a PS printer, what you may want to do is setup a print filter on the HP9000 like ghostscript.  This acts as a postscript interpreter for your nonpostscript printers...  Make sure that your NT box is acting as an LPD server for that printer, and you should be fine...

I really suspect that you don't have a PS printer and you need to get ghostscript for your HP 9000.  Try getting it from:

http://sunsite.unc.edu/pub/gnu/

Good luck!

Chris
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