Opening a Cash Drawer Through Reciept Printer in VB

Posted on 2001-06-17
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I can't seem to get this to work - I am using a Star SP200 Reciept Printer and a MMC ECD200 Cash Drawer.

The Star Documentation states to send this:
<BEL> or Hex - 07

I am not farmiliar with sending data through a printer, just to it - I tried

Printer.Print "<BEL>"

and about every other possible variation I can think of and the documentation doesn't offer a VB example.
Any help will be appreciated.

Question by:flosoft
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Accepted Solution

q2eddie earned 400 total points
ID: 6200634
Hi, flosoft.

#Try This
Open "LPT1" For Output As #1
Print #1, Chr(7)
Close #1

Bye. -e2

Expert Comment

ID: 6200665
Hi, again.

or use the MSComm control...

Dim Codes2Send As String
MSComm1.Settings = "9600, N, 8, 1"
MSComm1.CommPort = 1
MSComm1.RTSEnable = True
If MSComm1.PortOpen = False Then
  MSComm1.PortOpen = True
End If
Codes2Send = Chr$(7)
MSComm1.Output = Codes2Send

1. "Re: Open a Cash Drawer Sending Special Characters to th Receipt Printer"

2. "Testing a Cash Drawer that is connected to the receipt printer"

3. "I would like to know if there is any way to send a single line of text to the printer..."

Bye. -e2
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Expert Comment

by:Ryan Chong
ID: 6200892
Ya, as g2eddie mentioned, use MSComm Control. Some cash box accept the command as 10 "0"s, so the output should be:

MSComm1.Output = "0000000000"

Hope this make help too.

Expert Comment

ID: 25607615
Should also consider whether the Rj-11 pinout for the STar printer matches the pin for the MMC cash drawer.

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