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I Can't Print Using My Old DOS Program

Question asked on January 11, 2007 12:37 AM :: :: Comments (0) :: TrackBacks (2)

The simple answer is to create a DOS pointer to your network printer. This can be done in just a few steps.

1) Share your printer. Open the Printers folder, right-click on the printer, select sharing and give it a share name. Since you will be using this in DOS, you must follow the DOS naming rules:

  • No spaces in name

  • Name cannot be longer than 12 characters

2) If you don't already know your PC's Computer Name, look it up. Right click on My Computer and then click Properties. Click on the Computer Name tab to view the name of your computer.

3) Open a DOS window and enter the following command

Net use lpt3: \\<YourComputerName>\<PrinterShareName> /persistent:yes

Substitute your computer name and the share name you assigned to the printer in step 1 and you are ready to tell your DOS program to print to LPT3:.

Bonus Answer

If you need to use LPT1 or LPT2, you need to go into your system BIOS and turn off or reassign any printer ports already assigned to LPT1 or LPT2.


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