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I am attempting to install a Okidata ML 390 for use in the XPMODE of the virtual PC running under Windows 7.  The symptom is as follows.

Install appears fine using the selected driver in the XP side attached directly to the parallel port of a Lenovo ThinkCentre.  Printing a test page fails to print
Printing from notepad fails to print even though the document screen briefly shows the print job then ends as if it printed.
Installing the printer on the Windows 7 side (using the ML490 driver since 390 is not there) prints a pretty test page.
None of the troubleshooting steps changed the symptom i.e. no error message - just no response from the printer.
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I have installed a variety of printers in Virtual Machines, but they need to be network printers. There is not an option for a parallel port in VMware and I doubt in XP Mode as well. So you need to put the Okidata on a print server (HP has parallel port Print Servers) and network it. That will likely work.
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by:rindi
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You can share the printer within your host OS, then connect to that share in XP.
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Installing the printer on the Windows 7 Side AND selecting to share as it is being installed rather than sharing later made it work, at least through test page and notepad.  Still not quite done since dBASE IV is the application and I am still working on that.  Thanks for the help so far.
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