cannot print to Epson EPL-5500

i installed vmware on my Windows 7 Home premium - no problems -to run XP SP3
i installed XP SP3 without problems
then i installed the EPL-5500 - no problem.
When i print a file (from word, or notepad) it tells me : this file cannot be printed

any thoughts - remedies ?
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David_IngledewConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Add the device as a HP LJ 5...and share it..

Now connect to this on the VM - but specify the right brother driver.

In theory the spool file won't change, but it will accept IP Comms?.

I use the MS virtual PC, this integrates fine....can you get a copy of this for home use?
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armchangCommented:
Hi,

Did you select the EPL-5500 printer before printing? If yes, please try sharing the printer first in Windows 7 and apply these steps:

1 . Open registry editor ( Start search - regedit)
2 . Browse to  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa
3.  Create a new DWORD value  with the following properties:  
NAME: LmCompatibilityLevel    
VALUE: 1
4. Restart your PC.
5. Add the network printer from within your XP.
6. Try printing again.



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nobusAuthor Commented:
>>   If yes, please try sharing the printer first in Windows 7 and apply these steps:   <<  it is NOT supported in Windows 7 - that is why i installed VMware

 
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armchangCommented:
What you're trying to do won't probably work as the VMWare communicates directly through the host OS (WIndows 7) which doesn't have support for the physical device. If it were the other way around, it should work by using shared network printing.

I think you could try adding a printer hardware inside the VMWare interface, see if it is seen and added without any problems. After that, start the Windows XP and try printing.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
is that not what i did??
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armchangCommented:
I think you did. Well, I think we can have try another way. If you can find a serial to USB adapter and connect your Printer as a USB we can detect the printer directly to the VMWare and use it. Do you think you can get a serial to USB adapter for your printer?
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nobusAuthor Commented:
please - read the question  : that printer is NOT an usb printer
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armchangCommented:
I know.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
and it is not serial either..
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aleghartCommented:
Did you add the parallel port to the VM while it was powered down?  Windows hosts should be OK with parallel printer with bidirectional to the VM guest.  But VMWare has a caveat that the host cannot be using direct memory access (DMA) to that port.  ECP to the parallel port is faster for printing, but might affect your guest OS.

I'd think you'd have to uninstall any/all printers on that port on the host machine so that it's not using a DMA channel for communications to that printer.

Or, I could be talking nonsense.  I always wimp out and put printers out as shares from a server.
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aleghartCommented:
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nobusAuthor Commented:
>>  Did you add the parallel port to the VM while it was powered down?    <<  not sure what you mean; the printer was connected, and powered on when i started

i can add that the printer works on THE SAME hardware, ok, when booted from another disk with XP SP3 installed on it -  i just wanted it to run while running on my Windows 7 system
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nobusAuthor Commented:
David - i dont understand your post at all  -as HP LJ5  - sure?  share it -why?
>>  but it will accept IP Comms? << ? ?

>>  MS virtual PC  <<  wont install on home...
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David_IngledewCommented:
Add it on the Windows 7 box as a LJ5, then share this.

On the virtual VM, connect to that share.

Apologies we Virtual PC - didn't realise it had those limitations...Just seen it's professional or ultimate only.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
>>  Add it on the Windows 7 box as a LJ5,  <<  you mean it works like that?
then i don't need the virtual pc ?
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David_IngledewCommented:
The vmware should be able to see the shared device, as long as you open up rights on it.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
it prints ok as LJ5 - so for that part you get already points
i'll try it on VMware too
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David_IngledewCommented:
Great. Try the true EPL driver first, then the HP if needed.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
The epl driver does not work on W7 - as  i pointed out above
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David_IngledewCommented:
but use it on the WinXp box. The spool file will be of the EPL, using the LJ5 port for direction.
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nobusAuthor Commented:
the epl driver is installed in the XP (VM)
How axactly must i set it up?   i am new to VMware..
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nobusAuthor Commented:
the  LJ5 driver works - no VM needed! tx
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David_IngledewCommented:
Perfect, sorry if my answers weren't perfectly clear at times!
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