I have a $6,000 design package which only “prints” its output to a file compatible with the HP PCL3 LaserJet coding language. With my old parallel port PCL3 compatible HP635 printer I can get hard copy by using DOS prompt in Windows 98SE to execute the command “COPY <File-name> LPT1”. I have now bought a HP C6180 USB printer which also claims to use the HP PCL3 coding language, but I have not yet found a way to get it to print a PCL3 formatted file.
1. Dragging and dropping it on the printer fails with a request for an associated application.
2. How do you send a file to the appropriate USB port ?
3. Can a LPT1 port be redirected to a USB port ?
4. I know that you can get a hardware “USB to Parallel” adapter, to connect a USB computer to a parallel printer, but is the reverse available ?
5. Is there a software program that I could get to send a file to a USB port ?
6. Will a solution to this problem be easier or more difficult after I get a new computer (as soon as Service Pack 1 is released for Vista) ? My new computer will still have a parallel port.
Any other inputs would be very welcome.