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Performa w/DOS Card, WIN print Deskwriter?

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On a Performa with a DOS card, how does one print through the MAC O/S to a
Hewlett Packard Deskwriter, from DOS or WIN 3.1?
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by:TheHub
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You must install the printer driver(s) in the DOS environment and select a COM (serial) port to send the information through.

Drivers should be downloadable from HP at:
http://www.hp.com/cposupport/jsnav/prhome.html
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There ARE no DOS drivers for the HP Deskwriter.  I  have already visited the HP site looking fo r drivers.  I am hoping to find that there is some other PostScript driver that might work from DOS.
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by:TheHub
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Sorry I suck so bad. It used to be there, swear!
Did you find the comm port selection menu?
Did you try to print after you made your selection?
Did you try to save the file as a .ps and then print it from the Mac environment?
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by:mr_cat
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The only way to "save" as Postscript from this program would be "print to file" on a Postscript printer.  Haven't got a driver.  Even if I could, I do not have a clue as to how to do "file to printer" on the Mac side.
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What do you want to print. Older printers could be set up as epson compatible.Does this help

Some dos programs also came with the drivers or printers ( i remember wordperfect coming like this)

There exists a freeware printer driver for deskwriters but this is only useful if the deskwriter has a serial port.
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I would be quite interested in locating the freeware printer driver for deskwriters.  The name "Deskwriter" rather than "Deskjet" implies a serial port connection.  Such a driver would solve my problem.
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paulvaneykelen earned 200 total points
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You probably already know this, but there seems to be no solution. This is from the HP website

ISSUE: How to connect an HP DeskWriter printer to an IBM-compatible PC.

SOLUTION: There is no solution available.


SUMMARY: The HP DeskWriter family of products are not compatible
with an IBM-compatible PC. They lack the printer control language (PCL) used by PCs, and the interface port of the HP DeskWriter is not compatible with the PC platform. There is no QuickDraw driver available for use on the PC system, and no fonts are available to install onto the PC.
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