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Thermal Receipt POS Printer Driver

Hi Guys,

I am currently trying to setup a Posbox PB-T88 thermal Receipt printer in place of a dead Citizen CT-S2000.  I had the Citizen running without hitch for several years.  However, the power supply (internal) has died and I decided to replace it with this Posbox unit that I had here for a backup.

I am having troubles, as our POS system requires a printer driver to be installed to the POS system BEFORE it can use it - however this printer doesn't ship with a driver.  I have successfully setup probably 8 of these printers for people that have POS systems that print direct without requiring a driver first.

Now, the characteristics of the printer are as follows:
* Using the Citizen driver that was installed originally, the printer will work fine with our POS system - prints AND cuts without stuffing up HOWEVER it prints painfully slow - 1 lineevery 10-12 seconds.

* Using some Epson drivers for a *-T88 POS printer (as I assume it is essentially an Epson POS printer), I attempted to install and communicate with this printer and it throws me an error every time - it won't even talk to the printer let alone print anything that is readable.

The POS system that I am using has Windows XP Pro 32-bit SP3.

Any and all help will be greatly appreciated :)

Thanks,
beefstu123
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Not sure where you got the driver you're trying to use from but check out the following link that I came across:  http://www.posguys.com/drivers.asp

There are a couple different T88 variants and it could be that your current driver is close but not 100%... another thing I'd check is the job spool settings in the print queue... make sure it is set to print directly to the printer without spooling.

Let me know if this doesn't help and I'll keep digging...
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Drivers for yoru unit here according to description
http://www.citizen.co.uk/drivers/minipos.htm
@teomcam... he replaced the Citizen with the other printer... the Citizen isn't what he's working with anymore....
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There are apparently two sets of drivers for the Epson TM-T88V ... which MAY or MAY NOT actually be the correct printer mechanism.   The model # match does not necessarily mean they purchased an Epson mechanism.

The Epson OPOS driver is described in the attached PDF;  but there is also an "Advanced Driver" for XP/Vista/etc. in addition to the OPOS driver.    These are both available here:
http://www.posworld.com/receipt-printer-drivers.html

IF the mechanism is an Epson T88V, I suspect one of these drivers will do the trick.    Configuration of the driver is discussed in some detail in the PDF file.
Epson-OPOS.pdf
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Awesome, will try that now - haven't had any luck with your suggestions so far @jpgobert
Most POS systems can use any type of Receipt printer and unless you need it to print an image (i.e. logo)  or a barcode - just use the Generic / Text only  driver from microsoft. That's all we ever use with our clients who are running POS - The added advantage is that it prints about twice as fast as when the manufacturer's drivers are used
Hi DTHConsulting,

We have used the Generic/Text only driver built into XP, but unfortunately it doesn't cut the paper at the end of the receipt and also isn't as easy to format as a driver based solution :(

So unfortunately, this won't work for us.  And yes, we do use a logo at the top of our receipts.

Thanks,
beefstu123
Hi all,

Unfortunately I am still having troubles getting this to work - the OPOS driver didn't work.

I have been a bit busy to try other things the last couple of days, but should be able to try any other suggestions over the next few days (if anyone has any?!?)

Thanks :)
There are many different interfaces for these POSBOX printers - They come in USB, Parallel, Serial and IP  version

Which ones are on your particular Printer

That may help us get this going

BTW - The fact that it has T88  in no way means it is compatible with the Epson TM-88xx - In fact I would be surprised if it did (The Epson protocol was written by them and I think they would take a dim view of another company using it - just like the HP drivers are strictly for HP printers - and some times even they don't work wiuth HP printers ;)
It is a 25 pin serial connection in the printer (not parallel Centronics connector) and running it to a 9-pin serial on the computer (RS-232)..

Oh, ok thanks for the info about the "T88 not necessarily being part of the Epson family" I just assumed it could be...

It's just a pain that all of the google searching etc etc I still can't find a suitable and compatible driver :S
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Yeah I noticed that, but there definitely wasn't a CD or anything like that in the box :(
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The EzCashier site showed this print and the link to the drivers pointed there. Sorry for the misinfomation

Were you able to actually print to the printer using the Generic text only driver. If you were then the only way you will get the drivers to be able to print the graphics you ned is to find someone who is willing to give you a copy off their CD. I've searched as I'm sure you have and have not even been able to determine who manufactures this printer. If you can't find someone who has these drivers - you may want to try contacting Ingram Micro in Austrailia. They carry some of the other POSBOX products and may be able to steer you to the manufactures' site
Hi DTHConsulting,

We are able to get it to print fine with the Generic/Text Only driver EXCEPT it will not print our logo nor will it cut the paper at the end of the receipt.  Still unable to use this printer unfortunately.

We bought the printer from Ingram Micro, and have been in contact with them, but to no avail as yet.  I have bought a few of these printers for customers in the past and they DO NOT come with a driver CD which is very frustrating!!

Just confirming that the machine I have is the Posbox PB-T88 80mm Thermal receipt printer with DB25F Serial Connection.

Thanks guys :)
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Hi Guys,

Well, I have decided to ditch the printer altogether and get on the Epson bandwagon (for our POS system at least)..

Bought an Epson thermal printer, installed the driver (included in the box) and were up and running within 10 minutes!!

Thanks for all the help and time you have all put into this, but we just couldn't get that other printer to work as there wasn't a sufficient driver.

Cheers,
beefstu123