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Windows 98, MS-DOS software can't print in any printer?

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by el1ero, Nov 20, 2011.

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  1. el1ero

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    I have a software on ms-dos working on Windows 98 OS. Now I need a printer. Which one? I can't find one that can fit my needs.

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    I doubt very seriously that you'll find a new printer or all-in-one that works with a Windows operating system older than Windows XP or 2000.

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    I also have the software on MS-DOS running on another computer with XP. What you recommend?
     
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    I know nothing about MS-DOS programs, so someone else will need to advise you.

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    If you have the MS-DOS program running on a Windows computer, that's one hurdle accomplished; but, the next one to overcome is that as far as printing goes, a DOS program is the place where you select a printer, *not* from within Windows. During the time when DOS program were commonly used, each program contained a list of available printer drivers, and from within that program you chose the printer model/type you were using to print.

    When you print, the DOS program formats and prepares the print job, and then passes it through to Windows when you are running a DOS program under Windows. So you would need to check the DOS program itself for the printer types available, and then hope that you can find a printer that emulates (or is very similar to) the model/type of printer you have chosen from within the DOS program.

    Another issue is that most printers now use USB connections, but older DOS programs are designed to have you select a printer connection that is either an LPT or COM port (since USB was not in existence when most DOS programs were written.)

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    You'll need a printer that does not offload the rending engine to Windows. This could be a problem with newer printers. Look for one that is fully compatible with Linux and check the specs for the supported print languages. Generally printers that support LaserJet III with work with really old DOS programs.
     
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