All win2K drivers can be installed in XP.  You just get that annoying message during
instalation...
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Brian Guralnick
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon Elson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "Protel EDA Forum" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Friday, February 15, 2002 4:54 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Plotting and printing help needed.


| Ros wrote:
|
| > Hi Jon,
| >
| > Thank you for your reply.
| >
| > Well, just your saying that yours worked, gives me encouragement.  I don't
| > have a book on this plotter but, through trial and error, I got the thing
| > to accept a command prompt command.  It drew a diagonal line from the
| > command that I sent it.  So, I am thinking that the baud rate is set
| > correctly at 9600 and hardware control, 8 bits, 1 stop bit and no parity
| > (N) as it passes the comm. test okay.
| >
| > I am almost certain that it is the setup from within Protel99 SE that I
| > have wrong.  I am using Windows XP and have selected the generic HPGL/2
| > protocol for talking to the plotter.  Is there a special driver for this
| > beast to make it plot?  I have just selected the HPGL/2 from within printer
| > setup in XP.
|
| Get the specific driver from the HP website before wasting any more time.
| They may not have an XP driver for such an old plotter, which may be
| a problem.  I don't know if Win 2K or NT4.0 drivers can be loaded into
| XP.
|
| HP plotters have so many different features, that you really need
| specific drivers.  The origin and axis conventions on the different HP
| plotters are all different, and some other features are also different,
| so it makes a generic driver difficult to make work in all cases.
| And, yes, Protel has some problems in handling all different printing and
| plotting devices perfectly, but this is not necessarily Protel's fault.
| To take a picture on the screen, and tell a piece of software to reproduce
| it, no matter whether the output device is a printer, pen plotter,
| ink jet, laser, raster imaging machine, or whatever, is pretty tricky.
|
| Anyway, when you can hardcopy a simple picture from the Windows
| Paint program, then you know the driver is actually working.
|
| Your "command prompt command" to draw a line sounds like you were
| sending HPGL commands directly to the serial port.  That does not
| take any driver, and just proves the hardware is working.  Actually, the
| driver should have a canned "test page" that should prove that the driver
| talks to the plotter correctly.
|
| Jon
|
|

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