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Changing paper size

I'm running the following on Windows Server 2008 and I'm gettign an error message

Dim Wshshell, setprnwide132, myprinter

Set Wshshell= CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
myprinter = "\\costarprint01\u155c1-CostarDocuments"
setprnwide132 = "setprinter " & """" & myprinter & """" & " 2 " & """" & "pdevmode=dmpapersize=119" & """"

' size = 8 for A3, size 9 for A4 etc.

intRC = WshShell.Run(setprnwide132, 0, TRUE)

if intRC <> 0 then
WScript.Echo "Error returned from Setting the Printer " & intRC
WScript.Quit
End If

Line 9
The system cannot find the file specified

Any idea ?

Thanks
VB Script

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RobSampson

8/22/2022 - Mon
RobSampson

Hi, I assume that's because it can't find setprinter.exe.  You'll need to make sure setprinter.exe is in your %path% environments variable paths.  Usually just the system32 folder (or if it's a 32 bit exe, C:\Windows\SysWow64).

Rob.
Bianchi928

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Okay I've copied setprinter in c:\scripts on the server and modified the code

Dim Wshshell, setprnwide132, myprinter

Set Wshshell= CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
myprinter = "\\costarprint01\u208c2-CostarDocuments"
setprnwide132 = "c:\scripts\setprinter " & """" & myprinter & """" & " 2 " & """" & "pdevmode=dmpapersize=119" & """"

' size = 8 for A3, size 9 for A4 etc.

intRC = WshShell.Run(setprnwide132, 0, TRUE)

if intRC <> 0 then
WScript.Echo "Error returned from Setting the Printer " & intRC
WScript.Quit
End If

It doesn't coem with any erro, but doesn't do any change to the paper size.
I'm running it with admin login
RobSampson

If you change
intRC = WshShell.Run(setprnwide132, 0, TRUE)

to
intRC = WshShell.Run("cmd /k " & setprnwide132, 1, True)

do you see any errors during the command execution?

Rob.
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Bianchi928

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Did that and it came with a dos script saying

Set printer on '\\costarprint01\u226c1-CostarDocuments' succeeded.


But after 2 mins comes up with an error box saying


Error returned from Setting the Printer  -1073741510
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Bianchi928

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Forgot to mention that it still didn't change the paper size. What I really want to change is:

Right click the printer, select printer properties, preferences , papersize

NExt

Click Advanced, Printing defaults, advanced, paper size

I have nearly 600 printers to do....

Cheers
RobSampson

Above this:
intRC = WshShell.Run("cmd /k " & setprnwide132, 1, True)

put this
InputBox "About to run:", "Command", setprnwide132

and then when that comes up, copy and paste that command directly to a command prompt and see if it works.  You'll need to get that working first...

Rob.
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That's the result
=================

C:\Users\Administrator.RETAIL>c:\scripts\setprinter "\\costarprint01\u226c3-Cost
arDocuments" 2 "pdevmode=dmpapersize=119"

Set printer on '\\costarprint01\u226c3-CostarDocuments' succeeded.

C:\Users\Administrator.RETAIL>

==================
Still no change to the paper size
RobSampson

So looking through the examples here:
http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/tips/jsi-tip-9675-setprinter-exe-is-a-command-line-tool-to-set-configurations-or-states-of-local-or-remote-printers-

one of them is this (which does it for all local printers):
SetPrinter "" 2 "pdevmode=dmPaperSize=9, dmPaperLength=2970, dmPaperWidth=2100, dmFormName=A4"

so maybe you need to specify more details about the paper size to match your 119 paper size setting.

Also, since it seems to set the "current user" properties, I assume this will only change the "Printing Preferences" settings, and not the "Printing Defaults".

Regards,

Rob.
Bianchi928

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Got me on the right path with all the tips . Stopping the spooler while running the script got
it to work fine.

Thanks
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RobSampson

Nice find!  I wouldn't have thought to stop the spooler, make the change, then restart it.  Thanks for letting me know.

Rob.