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Windows 3.1 Printer adjustments

Some situations may require adjustment to the system-level setup of printers.  The following printer setup XE "Printer setup"  screen is available from the Windows 3.1 Control Panel, clicking Printers.  

The initial display shows only the upper portion of this window.  The top box tells which of the installed printer drivers is currently set as the default, the driver for the printer you naturally get.  This may be changed by clicking any printer name to highlight it, and then clicking on Set as Default Printer.

Clicking Add first adds the lower portion of this window. A diskette is usually necessary to install another printer.  Printer manufacturers have supplied numerous printer drivers to Microsoft, and these are in the list.  However, you dont want your hard drive cluttered with all the existing drivers. If the first line for an unlisted or updated printer is selected, the Install window will prompt for that disk.  If a printer is selected from the list, one of the Windows installation disks (or the CD) will be required.  Then the new printer driver will be loaded, and become available on the selection list.

The Connect button provides a choice of ports.  The printer port LPT1: is an almost universal feature on PCs .  A physical LPT2: port is rare, but a logical LPT2: may often be captured as an access to a network printer.  Consequently, the technician setting up the network is more likely to set up printer port designations.  If the computer has a fax-modem board, it will most likely be COM2: since the mouse usually gets there first to take the COM1: port.  Additional ports COM3: and COM4: are listed, but they have some difficult limitations and setup requires technical skill.  The EPT: port is a special board which connects to some specific IBM printers.

Fast Printing Direct to Port bypasses spooling.  Printing XE "spooling"  can get done sooner, but the application will be tied up until the entire job has been sent to the printer.

 

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