HP does still make printers that will print text in DOS -- you just need to 
make sure it supports the PCL protocol, and not one of the "Windows-only" 
protocols (HP calls their "Windows-only" protocol LIDIL).  The inexpensive HP 
printers are almost always LIDIL -- you'll usually need to spend some extra 
money to get one that supports PCL.  There are also other manufacturers (like 
Brother) that make PCL printers.

If you're trying to print plain ASCII text, a PCL printer will work just like 
the HP printers from the 90's (like the early LaserJets).  The fancier DOS 
programs from that era (word processors, spreadsheets, CAD, etc.) usually came 
with a PCL driver, and you can usually get them to work OK even on a new PCL 

Perhaps the bigger issue, though, is that new printers use USB ports instead of 
parallel ports, and DOS programs don't know how to print to USB ports.  Modern 
DOS USB drivers can sometimes help with that, though they aren't universal.  
You'll just need to experiment some.

The way many people get around both the protocol and USB issue is to run DOS 
inside a Windows or Linux virtual machine of some sort, and let Windows/Linux 
virtualize the printer for DOS to use.

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