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Can't print from dbase III Plus to an HP LaserJet 2300d

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I just replaced my old LaserJet 4 with an HP LaserJet 2300d and can no longer print to LPT1 (in MS-DOS.  I'm not using a USB connection.  Previously for the LJ 4, I had directed print to LPT1 in the dbase programs and ran a short BASIC printer command within a dbase program for normal print and condensed print.  Now when I try to print to LPT1, nothing is sent to the printer.  I can however, print to my HP 750C Inkjet which is connected to LPT2.  Please don't criticize me for still using dbase III Plus--it still does the job!  All windows applications work as expected.  I'm running Windows 2000 on the computer the printer is attached to.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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I support old applications similar to the one you describe. I've found that using older drivers, even when they are not meant for the printer in use, will sometimes fix the problem. I have had HP 4050 printers using the HP 4 driver, so there is a decent chance this might work. Try using the old HP 4 drivers. Select the printer, right click on it and go to properties, advanced and select a different printer driver. Test with the older ones first. If those don't work, there may be a newer driver (available from HPs website) for your 2300 than what came on the disk it shipped with.
It is also possible that when you installed the new printer, it has default options that the old one did not. Sometimes eliminating the spooler by selecting 'print directly to printer' will help. Other options available will depend on the driver you use.
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