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print from DOS apps using jetdirect 500x

I have client with a small Windows network using TCP/IP, NETBEUI, IPX/SPX sharing printers through a HP Jetdirect 500x. Here's the problem: All these computers are sometimes off the network, so printer sharing through a workstation is not a solution. Two computers are WIn2k/WinXP. They can print Windows apps no problem and DOS apps using the "net use" command line. The remaining two machines are Win98. Windows apps print fine, but I have been unable to print from DOS apps wiith either of these machines. The client says it worked fine before he got the blaster worm on the two Win2K/XP machines. I really need some help on this one. The client does not have  the tech or user manuals for the jetdirect. I HAVE to get this DOS print problem resolved in the next two or three days. It is worth 500 points to whoever helps me.
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dshuang5858Commented:
Hi, bigsnake,

Have you try using this command under Win98 machines:

net use lpt1 \\servername\printsharename

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dshuang5858Commented:
Hi, bigsnake,

DOS apps only recognize LPT1, LPT2, etc., so if you try the command above, DOS apps will think you have local printer connect on the system, but yet print to network printer.

See if it help!

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bigsnakeAuthor Commented:
Hi dshuang5858, Thanks for your response. I think I already tried that, but I'll try again and let you know. I won't be back on that site until Monday so it will be a few days before you hear back from me.

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qwaleteeCommented:
one other thing to note... oftentimes, a DOS program's prnt request will not get sent to the network until the DOS window closes.
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kronostmCommented:
OK bigsnake,  here's what I did in my company to be able to print from DOS based contab. program.
First, I installed the printer (a network printer) on the IP.
The printer worked fine from windows based apps, but not from the DOS app. It needed to print on lpt1.
Then , I  installed the same printer for the second time on that computer, but this time on lpt1 port.
So, I shared the first install of the printer on the local machine, and then mapped the LPT1 port to this local share ....something like this:
 NET USE lpt1 \\my_IP\share_name_of_printer

You can use the capture port feature in Win98 too (this cannot be find in printer proprieties in 2k or XP)

Hope this helps

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ShineOnCommented:
Use the software that came with the jetdirect print server to install the local jetdirect client.  Use the HP Network Printer Wizard.  Then, in the printer properties, select "capture printer port" checkbox and pich which LPT port you want to capture.
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lst-yvesCommented:
You should use the command that way :

net use lpt1: \\server_name\share_name /persistent:yes

Laurence.
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ShineOnCommented:
If you use the HP Network Printer Wizard, there should be a button for capture.  Once the capture is done in that setup, it's done.

No need to issue a net use ommand.

Net use is only useful, imho, as part of an NT or higher Microsoft login script.
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ShineOnCommented:
Capture port does work in 2K/XP when the driver knows it's a network printer, in my experience...
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