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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 23, 2018, 02:51:57 am »
Just for fun, I tried printing on a 4x6 card using the enhanced generic postscript driver.  If you tell it that you are printing on a #10 envelope and set the margins correctly, it will print a 4x6 card with margins of about 1/4 inch, or 6 mm.  Neither OpenOffice nor the driver seems to have 4x6 cards as a form choice.  Yes, I know that the rest of the world doesn't use that size. :-)

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 23, 2018, 12:31:57 am »
I often use margins of less than 1 inch, and on 3x5 or 4x6 cards like to make them as small as possible.  One of the reasons that I got the 8740 is that it prints a wide range of paper sizes, and to print 4x6 recipe cards in type large enough for old people like me to read, you need to use small margins.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 21, 2018, 10:32:12 pm »
Pete,

Thanks for the detailed instructions.

The Printer Manager did actually work to create CUPS printers for me.  It's the postscript printers that I could not create.  I guess that I'll live with CUPS for a while.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Mike

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 21, 2018, 12:01:51 pm »
I've installed the updated version of the printer manager from Alex's site.  It didn't help with importing .ppds.

I've tried everything that I could think of, including creating a printer first in CUPS.  Those printers printed the test page properly, but I couldn't figure out how to create an OS/2 printer object for them, so I deleted them.  The current printers were created entirely using Print Manager.

The .ppd that I posted had not been run through clean.exe.  It is just as I copied it from Linux.  I did clean one, but I couldn't get it to print after I had imported it, or couldn't import it, I don't remember which.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 21, 2018, 03:54:49 am »
Pete,

lpr.exe is 18 months newer and 12 bytes larger than cupslpr.exe.  However, I can print from CUPS.  It's pscript and psprint that I can't get to import the .ppds or print.

Yes, that .ppd is from Linux after I installed the latest hplip.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 21, 2018, 03:42:45 am »
Ivan,

The lexmark .ppd file imported fine into psprint before I started this recent adventure.  I'll post three files.  One is the .ppd for the e260dn, the second one is the HP OJP 8740 .ppd that I copied from a CUPS installation on Linux, and the third is the one that I copied from an installation of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 on Windows 7.  It's what HP calls their universal postscript driver.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 20, 2018, 01:22:23 pm »
Thanks to all who provided advice.  I finally succeeded in creating two CUPS printers that print.  The Lexmark .ppd file that previously imported correctly and worked would not import into pscript or psprint.  The postscript driver from Linux for the OJP 8740 would import but not print properly.  When I decided to use CUPS, the Lexmark .ppd imports and prints.  I had to select a less-capable HP printer to get one that was similar and works in CUPS, but they at least print.

The reason for wanting a postscript driver that worked is that it allows one to select any of the features, such as multiple trays, that a printer has.  My experience with CUPS is that unless you create printers with defaults for each form size that you print, you will get a forms mismatch and failure to print when you want to print an envelope, for example.  If I'm doing this wrong, please explain how to do it correctly.

Thanks again for the help.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 20, 2018, 03:12:22 am »
Pete,

I've deleted the printers and print queues with both prndrv and with PM Printer Manager 0.61.  They both get rid of them.  Then I've used Printer Manager to create a printer.  Select Printers tab, Select Create a CUPS printer.  Select HP.  Select OfficeJet Pro 8740.  Selected the detected printer on 192.168.101.96, its correct address.  Fill out the Printer Object name screen.  On the Create screen, psprint is selected as the driver and the rest of the information is as I put in on the previous screen.  Click Create.  Error says see g:\var\log\cupswizl1.  Log follows:

--[ 19 March 2018 21:59:23 ]---------------------------------------------------
Starting printer install with user-provided PPD:
 - PPD file:    I:\DRIVERS\PRINTERS\OfficeJet_Pro_8740\hp-officejet_pro_8740-ps.ppd
 - Model name:  HP OfficeJet Pro 8740

Driver ECUPS is not in the local repository.
Driver ECUPS-HP is not in the local repository.
No local printer, creating remote CUPS printer
Creating CUPS printer using:
    lpadmin -p OJP_8740_Ltr -E -D "HP OfficeJet Pro 8740" -L "dad's office" -v "socket://192.168.101.96:9100" -P "I:\DRIVERS\PRINTERS\OfficeJet_Pro_8740\hp-officejet_pro_8740-ps.ppd" -o media=Letter
Return code: 0x0000

Creating OS/2 printer object:
Mode:   2
Driver: PSPRINT
Model:  HP OfficeJet Pro 8740
Importing user-supplied PPD I:\DRIVERS\PRINTERS\OfficeJet_Pro_8740\hp-officejet_pro_8740-ps.ppd
Going to import PPD file into driver PSPRINT.
Converting PPD with: J:\var\temp\PPD_7377\PPDENC.EXE I:\DRIVERS\PRINTERS\OFFICEJET_PRO_8740\HP-OFFICEJET_PRO_8740-PS.PPD G:\SYS\INSTALL\PRNDRV\PPD_PS\HP-OFFICEJET_PRO_8740-PS.PPD
Doing cleanup on G:\SYS\INSTALL\PRNDRV\PPD_PS\HP-OFFICEJET_PRO_8740-PS.PPD ...OK

Updating G:\OS2\install\prdesc.lst with 12 new entries ...
No drivers found in PSPRINT (missing .EXPAND extended attribute?)
Copying files from J:\var\temp\PPD_7377\OUT to G:\SYS\INSTALL\PRNDRV\PMDD_6
12 printers imported successfully.
 -> Lexmark E260dn
 -> HP OfficeJet Pro 8740
 -> HP OfficeJet Pro 8740
 -> HP Universal Printing PS
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230 hpijs
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230
 -> HP Officejet Pro 8720
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230
 -> HP Officejet Pro 6230

Creating new port CUPS3
InstallPrintDriver( PSPRINT, G:\SYS\INSTALL\PRNDRV\PMDD_6\PSPRINT.DRV, HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 ) RC = 0
Creating new printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 (HPOFFICE)
CreatePrinterObject( PSPRINT, HP OfficeJet Pro 8740, CUPS3, HPOFFICE, HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 ) RC = 0

However, when I attempt to print two lines of text from e.exe to the created printer, both lines are printed on the same line of the paper.


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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 19, 2018, 03:24:48 pm »
I've followed the above instructions.  I can create CUPS printers for both my Lexmark e260dn and my HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 from the web interface that print the test pages.  But I cannot create an OS/2 printer object for either of them using Print Manager or the Create Printer object.  The failure happens after I press the Create button at the end of the process.

I read on the Arca Noae web site that we're about to get some new printing system that works better with both postscript and CUPS printers.  Is that likely to make it possible for me to print with my printers again?

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 17, 2018, 11:50:50 pm »
I've had instpdr since you either sent it to me or recommended it to me years ago when I needed to add a .ppd for my Lexmark e260dn.  But I understand that it won't work now.  I'll use Print Manager in the future.

Not knowing that the installed version from ArcaOS5 was newer, I think that I've overwritten it with the one from your web site in the several locations that it's in.  Is it possible to just install the printer drivers from the CD?  I've deleted and reinstalled printers with both prndrv and with Print Manager and can't seem to get a working printer.

Is it possible to update the installed version of hplip?  That has a driver for the OfficeJet Pro 8740 that works pretty well in Linux.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 15, 2018, 02:23:53 pm »
Is there a command to reinstall the just printer drivers from the installation CD?  I've tried updating the printer drivers with instpdr from the latest psprint zip file and copying files from \sys\install\prrndrv, and now I can't import any .ppd file at all.  I'd rather not reinstall the whole system, so is there a way to just install the printer drivers in the right places from the install CD?

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 08, 2018, 01:03:51 am »
Is the driver that actually drives the printer
x:\os2\dll\pscript\pscript.drv
or
x:\sys\install\prndrv\pmdd_0\pscript.drv

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 07, 2018, 09:58:12 pm »
I managed to copy the HP universal postscript driver from Windows 7, but apparently I managed to break something.  I imported the .ppd file with instPDR.exe.  Every application that can print now crashes either when it loads, like OpenOffice, or shows an access violation when I try to print from it, like e.exe.  The .trp files show a shared memory access violation.

How do I completely remove the installed postscript driver so that I can then import the .ppds from my Lexmark e260dn and the OfficeJet Pro 8740 from Linux, which worked without crashing?

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 03, 2018, 04:02:50 am »
I have the windows postscript driver installed.  When I search for *.ppd in Windows, it shows me a location for hpcu210s.ppd in a subdirectory of \Windows\system32 , but when I look in that subdirectory, there is no .ppd file there.  My problem is how to copy it from wherever it is in Windows so that I can import it into an OS/2 postscript driver.

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Hardware / How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 02, 2018, 06:30:45 pm »
I just bought an HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 multifunction printer.  It supports Postscript 3 emulation, according to HP, and their Universal Postscript Driver does work in Windows 7.  Is it possible to extract a .ppd file from the Windows driver installer files that could be imported into the ArcaOS5 Postscript driver?  The printer works with the .ppd file from a Linux CUPS installation, but it doesn't offer the choices of which tray, which paper sizes, etc., that the Universal Postscript Driver does.

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