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We have an appl witten in Power Builder. It prints a 'simple' character only text via 'crystal reports' on a preprinted form where correct positioning is mandatory. It prints in Courier 12 on an OKI ML printer using IBM PROPRINTER emulation with a proprinter driver on both W98 and W2000. On W98 everything is positioned correctly. When printing out of a W2000 workstation on this printer (wether attached to the W98 or the W2000) the lefmost columns are lost and the 'vertical' printing surface is 'compressed' to approx 90 %. It looks like W2000 'thinks' the printable area is smaller, however there is no such setting for printable area or margins available in the printer properties.
On another printer (eg OKI ML 321) the text in turn is vertically 'expanded' (not expanded chars - the interline space is larger) by some 10 %  
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by:heskyttberg
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Hi!

Make sure you have latest w2k drivers for the printer.
Download the drivers from the manufacturers homepage.
Do NOT use driver that comes with w2k.

Regards
/Hans - Erik Skyttberg
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by:PaulVH
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Hallo Hans Erik
Already did this, however OKI points you to drivers delivered with w2000 on their site - so no drivers from oki available.
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by:heskyttberg
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Hi!

I'm not very familiar with OKI, but with HP.

What exact model do you have.
Does ML stand for microline ?

Regards
/Hans - Erik Skyttberg

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by:PaulVH
ID: 8051360
Hello again,

ML stands indeed for Microline
Exact model is ML385
This model is not to be found on their website (nor on w2000 model list) so I took
ML380 and I also tried it in epson emul wich gives different but still wrong results and also gives strange behaviour in W98 (compresses the text by som 3 - 4 %).
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heskyttberg earned 450 total points
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Hi!

I'm sorry I don't think I can help you on this one.
OKI just sais that all tehir microline printers are supported by th OS.

Since this is a DOT matrix printer I beleive you should get hold of a manual or something.

With this you should be able to send printer some ESC codes to set margins, cpi,lpi and so on.

http://europe.oki.com/fcgi-bin/public.fcgi?pid=60&prodlink=1&prid=169&cid=1&chid=1

This is the manual for model 380.
I think it should be fairly similiar to 385.
There are a lot of things you can manually set with the printers control panel.

It also contains escape codes to set theese values from a program.

Regards
/Hans - Erik Skyttberg
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by:PaulVH
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Thanks again Hans Erik for yr comments but I think this is not the problem.
The thing prints correctly in W98/95 so all stuff about char size, cpi, lpi margins etc are OK but somewhere in the w2000 definition for that printer is hidden some 'false' info wich I cannot pinpoint.
 
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by:heskyttberg
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Hi!

Have you tried searching in the registry of the w2k machine for anything related to oki, cpi, lpi or so.

Regards
/Hans - Erik Skyttberg
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