[Dataperf] DPSPOOL question.

Don Codling dcodling at hfx.eastlink.ca
Sat Apr 1 01:07:10 CEST 2017


I recall from a way back that for some printers PCL5 worked better than 
PCL6. I don't have a clue if that still applies ...

Don Codling

On 3/31/2017 4:31 PM, Tim Rude wrote:
> Ed,
>
> That is weird indeed. You might try a more generic PCL driver, such as 
> the HP LaserJet 4 driver that's bundled with Windows. That's a basic 
> driver that should work with pretty much any PCL-compatible printer. 
> Just point it at the same port your Xerox driver's currently using and 
> then try printing to it via DPSpool.
>
> If the HP LaserJet 4 driver doesn't work then it would seem to be 
> something weird about the printer itself. I've tested printing text 
> over a BMP graphic using that driver (printing to a Brother 
> PCL-compatible printer) and it worked perfectly.
>
> Tim Rude
>
> On 3/31/2017 12:53 PM, Ed Marfil, MAST UNITED wrote:
>>
>> Hi Tim,
>>
>> I installed the PCL6 driver and tried that out.  Now it’s doing the 
>> reverse – prints the text but not the image.  Weird.  Back to tinkering.
>>
>> Ed.
>>
>> *From:*Dataperf [mailto:dataperf-bounces at dataperfect.nl] *On Behalf 
>> Of *Tim Rude
>> *Sent:* Friday, March 31, 2017 7:03 AM
>> *To:* dataperf at dataperfect.nl
>> *Subject:* Re: [Dataperf] DPSPOOL question.
>>
>> Ed,
>>
>> It sounds like you're using a PostScript driver. I think that printer 
>> will support PCL6 also so you might try installing the PCL6 driver.
>>
>> Note that you can have more than one driver installed for a single 
>> printer. So if the PCL6 driver works better for DPSpool but you still 
>> want to use the PostScript driver for everything else, you can.
>>
>> Tim Rude
>>
>> On 3/30/2017 9:19 PM, Ed Marfil, MU wrote:
>>
>>     Hi Tim.
>>
>>     It's a Xerox Phaser 6180MFP-D PS.
>>
>>     I installed the driver from Xerox.
>>
>>     I'll keep tinkering with the properties to see if anything changes.
>>
>>     Thanks.
>>
>>     Ed.
>>
>>     Sent from my mobile device.
>>
>>     -------- Original message --------
>>
>>     From: Tim Rude <timrude at hotmail.com> <mailto:timrude at hotmail.com>
>>
>>     Date: 3/30/17 6:16 PM (GMT-08:00)
>>
>>     To: dataperf at dataperfect.nl <mailto:dataperf at dataperfect.nl>
>>
>>     Subject: Re: [Dataperf] DPSPOOL question.
>>
>>     Hi Ed,
>>
>>     Have you tried tinkering around with the driver settings for that
>>     printer? Some printers have a setting that lets you print text as
>>     either text or bitmap graphics. You might try playing with that
>>     setting if the driver supports it.
>>
>>     Sometimes the driver that gets auto-installed by Windows has
>>     different features or behaves differently from the driver that
>>     comes from the manufacturer (i.e. on a CD or via download from
>>     the printer maker's site). If you've tried tinkering with all of
>>     the settings you can find in the driver you have, look to see if
>>     there's an update to the driver available from the mfg, or try
>>     uninstalling the mfg driver and let Windows find a driver on its
>>     own update site. Ultimately, it's in the printer driver where the
>>     rubber really meets the road (or where the ink really meets the
>>     paper) and some drivers are just plain quirky.
>>
>>     What's the specific model of the Xerox Phaser you've got?
>>
>>     Tim Rude
>>
>>     On 3/30/2017 5:32 PM, Ed Marfil, MAST UNITED wrote:
>>
>>         Here is something that is quite strange with DPSPOOL;
>>
>>         I have a report that print text on graphics.  On HP or
>>         Brother printers and even to a PDF file no problem.  But
>>         printing on a Xerox Phaser it only prints the graphics but
>>         not the text (similar to what the older version of DPSpool
>>         used to do).  I’m forced to have to print to a PDF file then
>>         print the PDF file to the Xerox printer.  Not very efficient.
>>
>>         Is there anyone who has any idea what could be causing this
>>         and how to fix?
>>
>>         Thanks,
>>
>>         Ed.
>>
>>
>>
>>
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