I recently purchased two Calcomp TechJET 5336 Color Plotters (not the GT or GT/PS versions). I have the original owner's user manual. The setup information therein only covers Win 95 installations and AutoCAD through Release 12. I have also been to the http://www.calgraphinc.com/Support/tjcolor.html
website and downloaded the latest dirvers and installation information.
I have downloaded and installed all of the updated drivers from the website. I have precisely followed all of the (README.TXT) instructions provided for set-up and installation, but neither plotter will work with either the Windows raster driver or the AutoCAD ADI driver. I have even swapped the cables that I am using to eliminate them as a factor. I have also tried two different PC’s to eliminate the machine itself as a factor.
I have been trying to utilize the Centronics connections on the plotters. I have inspected the connectors and they are not corroded. They are very clean.
My computer BIOS set-up allows for several choices on configuration for the parallel port (LPT1). NORMAL (automatic detect), ECP, EPP and ECP+EPP. I have tried both the NORMAL (automatic detect) and ECP settings. I have also tried the Serial RS232C method of connection without success.
I used CCLEAN95 to remove the original Windows drivers from the OS prior to installing the updated drivers. Before installing the new drivers, I checked the “add new printer” list to make sure that they were gone. I installed the drivers exactly as specified in the instructions and set the plotter parameters as specified for Windows. Still nothing. I even tried all of the drivers listed that could possibly pertain to my plotters.
Attempts to do a test plot (print test page) from Windows gives
“There was an error writing to LPT1……….”
It also shows a little window saying “Print Failure! %%%%CALCOMP DEVICE CONTROL”
AutoCAD yields a similar error message.
“AutoCAD Message Error Writing Output”
Please help me…….here is what I have.
Windows 98SE Operating System (on 1.2 GHz PC’s with 768 Meg RAM)
AutoCAD Release 13-c4
The only thing that I have not tried is setting up the plot spooling in a Windows NT/2000 manner (Supposedly, you do not have to do that in Win98, but at this point, I'm willing to try anything.) Both plotters test out OK and both generate excellent ,test, pallet and stitch plots.
Please let me know what my exact plotter settings, computer settings and drivers should be for using these plotters with my OS and software.
Thank you for your kind assistance.
Lynn A Thornton