The Question is:
I am trying to connect a standalone XP900 running OpenVMS7.2.1 to a HP Laserjet
4000 printer using the parallel port (I know the wizard does not approve of
the parallel port!) as follows, with the VMS responses as shown:
$ INITIALIZE/QUEUE/ON=EXIT:: SYS$PRINT
$ DEFINE /SYSTEM $PRINTER LRA0:
$ SET PRINTER /NOWRAP /NOTRUNCATE /CR /POLLED $PRINTER
$ SET DEVICE /SPOOLED=(SYS$PRINT, SYS$SYSDEVICE:) $PRINTER
$ START /QUEUE SYS$PRINT
%SYSTEM-W-NOSUCHDEV, no such device available
$ SH QUEUE
Batch queue SYS$BATCH, idle, on EXIT::
Printer queue SYS$PRINT, stopped, on EXIT::, mounted form DEFAULT
$ sh dev lra0: /full
Printer LRA0:, device type LP11, is online, record-oriented device, carriage
control, device is spooled through an intermediate device.
Error count 0 Operations completed 2
Owner process "" Owner UIC [SYSTEM]
Owner process ID 00000000 Dev Prot S:RWPL,O:RWPL,G,W
Reference count 0 Default buffer size 132
Page width 132 Page Length 66
Carriage_return Formfeed Uppercase
No Passall No Wrap No Printall
No Fallback No Tab No Truncate
No Sixels No Bitmapped Polled
Intermediate device: DKA0:
Associated queue: SYS$PRINT
Any help would be appreciated (including connecting using the serial or
The Answer is :
If you wish to persist in an approach the OpenVMS Wizard considers
verging on folly -- and wish not to use what the OpenVMS Wizard
believes is the most simple, effective, and flexible connections,
HP JetDirect or other internal or external printer NIC -- please
first apply the available mandatory OpenVMS ECO kits.
Please also see the existing discussions of polling and parallel port
communications. Topics include (7171) and (5031).
The OpenVMS Wizard would encourage use of the HP JetDirect (or other
similar printer NIC) and network access to this and other parallel
printers. Internal, external, and wireless versions are available.
Please see topics (8252) and others.
Please also examine the command syntax used around the print queue
initialization, as the OpenVMS Wizard would expect a command such
as the following:
Or similar. Details on print queue initialization are included
in the OpenVMS System Manager's Essentials Manual.
For network connections, please see the TCP/IP Services manual
for details on configuring LPR/LPD or the Telnet print symbiont,
and please see topic (1020) for the IP printing-related discussions
and discussion pointers here in the Ask The Wizard area.