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in VB6 picking the the output bin on a laserprinter

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I have 2 different output bins to collect my paperoutput
How to call in VB6 either output bin 1 or output bin  2
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by:David Robitaille
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ther is a Printer.PaperBin  property that you could set.
check the link for a list of the PrinterObjectConstants that you could use to set it.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.visualbasic.powerpacks.printing.compatibility.vb6.printer.paperbin.aspx
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do i have do install something from microsoft?  just like that i cant run it
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by:David Robitaille
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no, you should not have to install something for microsoft.
how are you printing? do you use vb.printer ?
this work ok with me.
VB.Printer.PaperBin = vbPRBNUpper
 
here a article series about printing with VB using printers objects, do you print using something else?
http://www.devx.com/getHelpOn/10MinuteSolution/18219/0/page/1 
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by:BIAPRO
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This will set my input bin form wich tray to get the paper, what i do need is how to set the output bin (receiver of printed paper)
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by:David Robitaille
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ho i see,
you could try using "VBPrnDlg.dll"
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322710
It offer extended possibility. if you dont need to set the output bin form the code it should be a solution.
If you do need to set the output bin form the code, I`m not sure it will help...
 
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by:BIAPRO
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in old day's of qbasic i did this
lprint chr$(27) + "&l" +  "1G"               '1 for lowerbin 2 for upperbin
plain simple
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by:David Robitaille
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it`s becaus you are sending the "command" directly to the printer, it`s something printer driver specific....
anyway, did you try ?
VB.Printer.Print  chr$(27) & "&l" &  "1G"
   
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by:BIAPRO
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Wil try , but not in the neiberhood off this printer now, keep you informed, thanks
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David Robitaille earned 500 total points
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i made a quick search for you. It look like your printer is a HP printer.
http://beechglen.com/pcl/hppcl.html
Anyway, if VB.Printer.Print does not work, you will have to find a way to write directly on the printer. Here a link, this guy is trying to migrate code form vb6 to vb.net. he commented out some of his old code.
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/vbinterop/thread/facd6440-b4b6-4f5d-ae0c-689fb0ce4c15/
it look like he putting the binary data he want to print into a file and then using cmd.exe to copy the file directly on the print server (i guess Dcpp100 is a print server).
"cmd.exe /C Copy /b """ & FName & """ \\Dcpp100\" & sPrinter
 
 (/b is binary mode)
I hope that will help
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by:BIAPRO
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looks pretty logical will play with this, thanks
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by:David Robitaille
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using copy is only one possibility.
you may also try to do it using the open #fileNumber and Print/ or Write#.
if you are able to open the printer for writing as a file, you may be able to write on it as a file...
 
 
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will try, thanks
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