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Printing European characters from VMS on HP Laserjet 4050TN

Any idea what I have to add to the VMS Device Control Library to be able to print these characters? (Currently they appear as space when printed from VMS, although OK from Windows).

Ascii values & characters:
192 à 224 à
193 á 225 á
194 â 226 â
195 ã 227 ã
196 ä 228 ä
197 å 229 å
198 æ 230 æ
199 ç 231 ç
200 è 232 è
201 é 233 é
202 ê 234 ê
203 ë 235 ë
204 ì 236 ì
205 í 237 í
206 î 238 î
207 ï 239 ï
209 ñ 241 ñ
210 ò 242 ò
211 ó 243 ó
212 ô 244 ô
213 õ 245 õ
214 ö 246 ö
215 œ 247 œ
216 ø 248 ø
217 ù 249 ù
218 ú 250 ú
219 û 251 û
220 ü 252 ü
221 ÿ 253 ÿ

Any help welcomed,

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  • Galen Tackett May 11, 2010


    Do you still have this problem? If so, can you tell me what versions of OpenVMS and Decprint Supervisor you are using?

    You also need to check the printer's firmware version. Quoting from the HP DECprint Supervisor (DCPS) for OpenVMS System Manager’s Guide:

    To use an HP LaserJet 4000 or 5000 printer from DCPS, the printer must
    be running a minimum firmware version of 19980714 MB3.68. To use an
    HP LaserJet 4050 printer, it is recommended that the printer be running a
    minimum firmware version of 19991030 MB6.30. Earlier versions of firmware
    may cause problems such as misprinted or missing characters when using
    the DCPS ANSI translator, especially when printing jobs with landscape
    orientation or NUMBER_UP. This firmware version number is displayed as
    Firmware Datecode on the printer’s configuration page.

    If your printer is running an older version of firmware, contact HP and request
    the proper version. The new firmware will be sent on a SIMM to be installed
    in your printer.



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Well this issue must be related to the drivers of the printer, possibly incompatibility. Let's try to fix it with the easiest method.
First uninstall the driver after the printer is disconnected from the computer. Then run a registry cleaner (click here to download a freeware registry cleaner) to clear any unwanted registry files. You'll also need to clean the system using the feature with this application.
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Select Not Shared and click "Next" .
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