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When I sent a print instruction to the printer via parallel cable, the printer prints a lot of what looks like raw data instructions and then about thirty or more blank pages then a final page with data in the middle. The data is ledgible and in english but it is not what is required. This even happens when I try to print a test page. I am running XP and the printer was found automatically by XP.The first page starts with:- %!PS-Adobe - 3.0%%Creator:CDA PS NT %%Title: Test Page %% Bounding Box: 13 13 582 and so on for two or three pages then the blanks.

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Download the driver from sharp and install this as is seems that the windows default driver is faulty. Try this

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1. delete any MD5000 printer entries. *(I had no other printer entries defined)*
2. Use ADD/REMOVE programs to remove the driver.
3. Disconnect printer USB cable (one you bought on EBAY) My laptop has no Parallel port.
4. Reinstall Driver (I am using 2.2.4) specifying not to make it the default printer. For me the 2.2.4 install worked fine.
5. use the add a printer function to manually add the MD5000P. I pointed the install wizard to the 2.2.4 file created by the installation of the driver when it asked if I had a disk. for my computer that was:
C:\Documents and Settings\AMD64\My Documents\My Received Files\MDP224XP
5. after the printer definition was successful , I followed the steps from a
previous message in the ALPS group listed below listed below:

RIGHT CLICK MD5000P ICON, and open properties menu for said printer (this is the one you created manually)

click PORT TAB:

pick a USB port ( virtual printer port) from list *(the install set it to a
port of MD_LPT1 I selected USB001)*

DISABLE bi-directional support RADIO BUTTON,


click PRINT DIRECTLY TO PRINTER radio button,

from menu select ALMD224S (for print processor)
and DATA TYPE select RAW(FF AUTO).

I plugged the printer in a USB slot and printed test page and a color

After this all worked I reset the USB port definition to reselect the bi-directional function. So I do run with the bi-directional mode

Note that Win XP itself will auto create a printer definition using a Microsoft driver "Alps MD-5000P (MS)" if you use this printer to print you will not get any of the ALPS functions.

But this seems to have worked for me.

I hope this helps you. I have only worked with an Alps MD5000 so I have not done this with any other model but the steps I think the steps could still apply because of windows requirements. I have not tried to install the driver on Vista so I do not know if it will work but it might.

Hope this helps.

If any of this is a problem you can contact me and hopefully we can work it out on the phone or chat or whatever

Good Luck

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It is possible to convert the cable of lq-2180 from parallel to sb cable?


Are you trying to connect your printer to a PC using the USB port?

If so, it would be far better to purchase a USB to Parallel port cable.

The data passing over the USB cable will have to converted from a serial format to a parallel format before the printed can store the data,

Next, the converted has to add the required control signals in order for the printer to read and latch the data.


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Our 450C plotter is connected via E-Net Hub and has extened memory. The "Test Printer" works. However it will not complete an Auto Cad Drawing. The ready light continues to flash but the plotter stops. any...

This could be one of a number of things. The file being sent must be smaller than the total memory of the printer. Connect the computer directly to the plotter with a parallel printer cable and see if it prints. If you are using an OS newer than XP, try using the XP 32 bit driver. If you are printing from AutoCad 14 or older, upgrade AutoCad (newer uses Windows printer drivers). If you can print OK with the parallel cable, get new external JetDirect software from the HP website.

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Cost should be around $20 - $60 depending on make/model.

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