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Zebra Z4MPlus doesnt communicate with PC

My Z4MPlus Zebra printer has driver installed on PC and RS232 cable plugged in but test print doesnt even get LEDs on printer flasing, Label size is also 100% correct, is there any other plan what to check PLS?

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  • cebotha Mar 13, 2008

    Thank you for this great insight into my problem, I think you are right about the parralle cable, only problrm is my laptop that I do the develioment on doesnt have a parralel port, but I will make a plan to use a port repeater or normal pc for this

    Thank you very much

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    The zebra Z4Mplus barcode is too big

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Ok,

This machine has a parallel port. Try to print via parallel cable. If it works, consider staying with it. Serial ports are a pain to manage.
If you absolutely have to do it via rs232 though....
Question 1. Has it ever printed?
If yes, Go into Windows Printers and Faxes control and select the Zebra or whatever printer that you are using. Right click on it and you should get a menu that at the bottom say "Properties", select that, then you should get a new window with tabs at the top. You want the tab for "Ports". Select it and you will see all of the different output ports that you can direct your printing. RS232 is a COM port. So start at COM1, check it and try to print. If that doesn't work, go to COM2, etc.

Last resort, If you can't get control via the printer driver program, you will have to try redirecting the print manually (now you will understand why I said to stay with parallel output).
What you have to do is redirect your printing via the dos "mode" command.
Under "Start Menu" goto "Run" and put in "CMD" and click "OK".

This opens a black square window with a cursor blinking. Type in this:
mode com1:9600,n,8,1 (enter)

mode lpt2=com1 (enter)

Tell your program to use LPT2 if you can and see if it works.
By now a parallel cable instead of RS232 should be looking really good.
Good luck!

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

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