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Anybody know where I can get a driver for an Okidata Microline 320? Our client is using it with our Windows 95 software and the report printouts are garbage, we figure because they don't have the right driver.
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You night have the wrong driver. Your printer operates as either an IBM Proprinter or an Epson FX-86e.

If you press the GROUP button on your printer you will see:
     General Control Emulation Mode (which mode it's in)

Check the driver you are using matches this. If it does match but still doesn't work try the other emulation and Win95 driver.

There is a page with more setup details located at:

http://www.quickpen.com/support/tips/oki320-f.htm


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The plot thickens.....

Let me give you a little background. This client is trying to print reports from a Windows application. She actually has an Okidata 321.
I deleted her printer icon from the Printers window and tried two other drivers to see if they would work: 320ibm95 and 320wn95. I downloaded these from Okidata's site (they were labelled 320/321). In both cases, when I tried to install the driver, I got the message: "the specified location does not contain information about your hardware." I left the printer deleted.  I asked her (this is not my printer) to test her billing software, which runs in *DOS*, to see if she could print. It printed perfectly -- with no Okidata printer icon in the Printers window. (How does *that* work?)

By the way, the original problem was that the Okidata printer was printing large letters and lines on top of each other with the Windows application. My first thought was that the driver was not working (even though it was Windows 95's ML 321 driver). That's why I was looking for new drivers. One of the drivers listed above worked for another client, that's why I tried it on this client.

Still, she can't print a readable file from this Windows application. Any ideas, anybody?
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If you don't have any printer drivers Windows won't let you print but DOS programs will print as originally intended. The reason is there is an option to spool DOS print jobs, deselected as default by Windows, but is set enabled as default by each printer driver.

If you use the Windows 95 printer drivers as I specified you shouldn't have a problem, but like I said, try both emulations. The drivers you have tried to install were for Proprinter- so set the printer and the software to print to an Epson FXe driver.

The Turbo version (with the 320wn95 file) supports ESC/P so if the printer is a Turbo, try installing an Epson ESC/P compatible driver  like the Epson FX-2170.
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OSR2 has the OKIdata and IBM Proprinter drivers already installed with it, so you don't need the downloaded file.

Also, try right clicking on \program files\320w95\oemsetup.inf and choosing Install.

What Windows package is being used?
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The software is proprietary software that does a variety of things. The software is used by owners of commercial fleet fueling stations. It initiates polling of pumps to retrieve transactions. It processes the transactions into reports. It also does a dozen or so other things related to the business of running a fueling station.
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