NewDeal Hot Tip 1806Printing
If printing to a Novell network printer:
Print via DOS and use Novell's CAPTURE utility to redirect the LPT port (N stands for the LPT port to redirect: 1, 2 or 3):
capture local=N /nobanner /notabs /noformfeed /na /timeout=10The CAPTURE program causes output to an LPT port to be redirected over the network to a network printer. The option flags (/nobanner, etc.) tell Novell not to try to interpret or format the output.
If printing to a LANtastic network printer, use the DOS setting.
If printing to a Lan Manager network printer, use the DOS setting.
If printing to a PC-NFS network printer, use the DOS setting. Note: PC-NFS has a 5 minute time-out, so multiple printouts less than 5 minutes apart will be seen as one job and nothing will actually print until 5 minutes after the last print job is sent.
If BIOS works, it is preferable to DOS because the software can actually report printer errors to the user. When printing through DOS, the software can't pass along any errors that DOS tries to report to the user.
In general, use DOS printing only if the output is being redirected somehow, either by a network or something else that gets the data before the printer does.
Last Modified 6 Mar 1999