Mapping a Network Printer to an LPT Port
To follow this procedure you will need to know your network printer's path and the driver used by your network printer. It would be a good idea if your network administrator followed this procedure for you!
This procedure must be followed on each workstation from which you need to print CompuVend reports.
1. Click "Start - Settings - Printers"
Double-click the "Add Printer" icon.
3. Click the "Next" button when the "Add Printer Wizard" window opens.
Click the "Local Printer" radio button and be sure the "Automatically
detect and install my Plug and Play printer" box is NOT checked.
Do not choose network printer on this window! Now click the "Next"
Now you must give the printer a name. DO NOT give it the same name as
the network print queue. Keep the name short because the program will
not accept a printer with a name longer than 31 characters. You probably
DO NOT want to use this printer as your default. Click the "Next"
9. Be sure the "Do not share this printer" radio button is clicked. You do not want to share this printer because it is already shared on the network! Click the "Next" button.
10. Choose "No" when asked if you wish to print a test page. These are still additional steps needed before you can print. Click the "next" button.
13. When the text editor opens, type the following text onto the very first line substituting the phrase "LPTx:" with the name of your LPT port, the phrase "SERVER_NAME" with the path to your network printer, and the phrase "PRINTER_NAME" with the name of your network printer. The back slashes (NOT the slash below the question mark) are required.
NET USE LPTx: \\SERVER_NAME\PRINTER_NAME
In my example, I chose to use printer port LPT2:, my network printer is located at and the printer name is KYO. You will have to consult your network administrator to see how to format this command. This is how the line looks in the example: Novell users: It may be possible to put your "Capture" statement in this file, too. Check with your administrator.
NET USE LPT2: \\KYO\HPLASERJET5SI
Press the "Enter" key at the end of the line, then save the
file to your desktop with the name of Capture LPT Port.BAT. Be
sure the file name ends in .BAT or the procedure will not run.. Sometimes
Notepad insists on saving the file with an extension of .TXT.
If this happens to you, consult your network administrator.
Now click "File - New" from Notepad's menu bar. Type the following
text onto the first line and press the "Enter" key on time
at the end of the line:
16. Using the procedure outlined above, save this file to you desktop with the name of Resume Normal Use of LPT Port.BAT. Again, be sure the file name ends in .BAT and that you save it to your desktop for ease of access.
17. Now, each time before you start CompuVend, double-click on the icon labeled "Capture LPT Port.BAT". This will run a program that tells your computer to direct all output sent to the specified LPT port on to the network printer. Check with your network administrator to see if placing a shortcut to this batch file in your "Startup" folder is possible for your setup.
18. Make sure you've set up a printer that points to the correct LPT port in CompuVend under the Main Menu's "F8 - Preferences" printer definitions section.
19. After exiting CompuVend, you can double-click on the icon labeled "Resume Normal Use of LPT Port.BAT". This will free your printer port for normal use.