Text Mode Printing Through USB

In one of my client’s site, I want to setup the existing EPSON LX 300+ printer so that it can print using it’s text mode capabilities, in windows XP environment.

This printer is connected to the computer using the USB connector, and there are no network connection to other computer, because currently, it is the only one computer available.

Why I arrive at the choice of text mode printing is that, the existing Receipt print-out using windows GDI mode is rather slow, compared to when the receipt is manually written.

There are also another problem related to EPSON LX 300+ that is very peculiar is that certain lines doesn’t get printed out, although it is there on the monitor screen. This is direct violations to the principle of WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) 🙂 And I rather dissastisfied to the result.

So, it’s time to go back to the printer’s native capabilities, that is using EPSON’s ESC sequences language, and see how fast it can really prints the receipt, comparing to the GDI mode.

Because the printer is connected to the USB, I have to resort to the sharing the printer :

And then activate the redirection method using the net use command :

I was thinking the next steps as I perform what I consider this rather trivial routines, and don’t expect the real life situations when the error occured :

The error says “The network location cannot be reached.” Why, of course it can’t be reached. This is the only stand-alone computer that will not be connected to other computer for the time being, maybe the next 5 years 🙂

After spending some hours tinkering and researching into the Net, the solution is to install the “Microsoft Loopback Adapter” into that computer :

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/839013

And then the case is closed :

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