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Making a USB printer accessible to a DOS program?

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#1 ms-fixit


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Posted 24 November 2004 - 09:35 PM

I need to make a Canon F30 MultiPass currently installed on a USB port (running under Windows 98 SE) capable of printing to the LPT1 port as well - WITHOUT reinstalling the entire printer solely on the parallel port. Any suggestions how to do this please?

This unit is a multi-function combination printer and scanner. I would prefer to do something like a Novell networking style "printer port capture" type of solution. I would like the scanner to still be able to function under the USB port for faster scanning from Windows applications. At the same time I would like to be able to print to LPT1 as if from a Dos type program. Is this type of solution available?

I can't set this printer driver to do BOTH Dos and Windows printing, from within the Canon driver itself. I can't get a newer version of the software that needs a parallel port LPT1 printer setup. It is an ancient, but very specialized software program.

Thanks in advance to anyone who helps :thumbsup:

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 26 November 2004 - 02:05 AM

Setup microsoft networking and share the printer.

Then from a dos prompt type,

net use LPT1 \\computer_name\sharename /Persistent:Yes

That should do it

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