Driver to print raw, unformatted data to Canon MX410 printer.

We are using a program that requires the printer driver to handle raw, unformatted print data to our Canon MX410 printer. I have tried the standard HP Laserjet and Laserjet 4 drivers, but the printer will not print using these drivers (the Canon is an Inkjet printer). Is there another driver, or something I can do within Windows XP to print to this printer using raw unformatted data? The printer is plugged into a Windows XP computer using a USB cable.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
No.  There isn't even such a driver for my USB HP Laserjet 1100.  I don't think you can get this to work with the Canon MX410.  The problem with the USB inkjet printers is that all the formatting is done in the computer and only a 'video stream' is sent to the printer.  They don't have an interpreter in them for any printer format.
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Michael-BestCommented:
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OAC TechnologyProfessional NerdsAuthor Commented:
The program already attempts to send raw data to the printer. I need to find a driver that is compatible with the Canon MX410 that will accept raw data. Normally I would use the HP Lasejet 4 driver, but it doesn't seem to work with this printer (neither do any of the other standard Laserjet drivers)
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You say "raw, unformatted print data".  What printer was the program designed to use?  I ask because there is no standard format for "raw, unformatted print data", there are many different formats by the different printer manufacturers.
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OAC TechnologyProfessional NerdsAuthor Commented:
The program was meant to use HP Laserjet and OKIDATA printers. However, we are successfully using the HP Laserjet 4 driver with a number of other printers such as Samsung laser printers without issue.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Raw Data Printer is an ActiveX component (COM object) that enables you to send raw data and native printer

 http://download.cnet.com/Raw-Data-Printer-Component/3000-2070_4-10615505.html
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
We were typing at the same time.  You're right that Laserjet 4 format is not at all compatible with the Canon MX410.  The default format for my Laserjet III and 4MP is HP PCL.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Most laser printers use the HP printer formats.  Most inkjets do not.
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OAC TechnologyProfessional NerdsAuthor Commented:
Is there a driver you know of that I can use that would be the equivalent of an HP Laserjet driver and will work with the Canon inkjet printer?
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Michael-BestCommented:
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Raw Data Printer Component - Raw Data Printer is an intelligent ActiveX component (DLL) specifically designed for sending raw data to any type of printers,

http://raw-data-printer-component.vbgold-software.qarchive.org/
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hdhondtCommented:
I agree, Dave. Like many low-cost inkjets, the Canon is a GDI printer, and relies on the Windows graphics engine to convert the page into dots on the page. It does not understand anything except those dots.

Other printers, those that understand PCL5/6 or PostScript have intelligence built-in to convert commands into dots. Those commands might tell the printer to produce the dots for a letter A, or to fill an area with a colour. GDI printers cannot do that.

As a result, sending LaserJet4 (PCL5) commands to the Canon will produce nothing at best, and just garbage if you're unlucky.

There is nothing you can do, except to buy another printer. And make sure it understands PCL5. Note that HP have low-cost printers that support something they call PCL3. That bears no relation to PCL5 and is just another version of GDI, and they have the same problem.
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