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Dosbox 0.74  printing

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I am using dosbox  0.74 to run dos 16 bit program on windows 7 32 bit. The program runs. But the problem is.
1.)function keys doesn't work. So if I need to  press F1  in the program, i have to press 1. Thats fine with me but problem is I can't press F11 and F12.
2.)I can't print fromt he program. I used Dosprn but doesn't work.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Many 16-bit programs tried to print direct to the hardware.  On Windows 7 you can't do that.  Does the program give you any options for printing?
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I think you'll first have to check with your DOS program on how it prints. In the days of DOS you usually printed to LPT ports. So you will probably have to find out how you can get an LPT port assigned (maybe via the LAN or similar, but then you would also have to get the LAN of DosBox working). Apart from that those printers usually needed some epson lq80 or IBM proprinter or HP LaserJet emulation, so that would mean your printer needs to be compatible with these old printers.

About the function keys, I wouldn't know, but you might be able to do some remapping via the config file.

Another thing you should probably look at is a special DosBox version, DosBox Megabuild. It has better networking and printing support than the official DosBox version:

http://home.arcor.de/h-a-l-9000/
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by:Malli Boppe
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Thanks Guys

@ Dave

Yeha the program does have a print option and does work on windows XP.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Then the question is... what are the print options and was it printing to a hardware parallel port on XP or to a 'virtual' port as in 'net use...'?
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by:Steve Knight
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if it worked on xp you are probably as easy then doing it using 'windowsnotes xp mode' downloadable from microsoft which is virtual pc prebuilt of xp which of course then has the networking etc. built in.

otherwise as has been said the megabuild and other forks of dosbox do allow mapping of lpt1 to windows printer, file, or image etc.     Played with this functionality with an old dos app before using in the xp virtual pc until I rewrote it for them.

on mobile at mo. so not got a link to hand but is freely downloadable from ms.
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I have used dosprn and made the below changes and can now print from dosbox

http://www.dosprn.com/faq.htm#17
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Solved Myself
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