USB DOS Printing using Laserjet 1020

Posted on 2005-05-04
Last Modified: 2008-01-09

Before i start, i would just like to mention that i downloaded the latest driver from HP as well and the results are the same.

I just purchased 2 HP Laserjet 1020 printers. These are USB printers. We use a DOS based point of sale program. I have 16 other USB printers connected on my network, using this command to have the DOS program print to the USB port.:

All the other printers work fine, but the 2 new ones has a strange problem. In the printer status window it shows "Local Downlevel Document" status "Printing".

The document does NOT print. I have tried this printer on both Windows 2000 and Windows XP computers with the same results. I also added the driver to my Windows 2003 Server.

I also tried remote printing for example: My ip is and the printer i installed on another pc with ip and shared the printer as HP1020.
I used the following command to map the printer : NET USE LPT1 \\HP1020 /PERSISTENT:YES, but no luck.

What else could be wrong? I just don't get this. Could this be related to the print processor or an invalid registry entry???

Please help
Question by:kcarrim
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    I solved the problem. This printer and future printer models does not understand the PCL3 language, therefore, printing from DOS is not possible. To overcome this issue, i have downloaded DOSPRN  1.77 from
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