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I have Lotus 1-2-3 release 3.4 installed on a computer running Windows 2000 and all of a sudden I can't print any of my spreadsheet. I reinstalled the software and it still won't print. All my other DOS programs print fine. Any suggestions? Best regards, Marc S. Ciampa

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  • MCiampa Apr 08, 2008

    It is the default printer, any other suggestions

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    I have been emailed solutions from Benimur, Coolguy008 and Ekse and I can't access them. Can someone make this site more user friendly.



    Thanks,



    Marc

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Yes it's print a test page and the printer works fine with all my other DOS and Windows based programs

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    This is a DOS based Lotus 1-2-3 spread sheet program that I've been using for years. I developed Macros that are incompatible with the Lotus upgrades so upgrading the software is not an option. Thanks for the help

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Thank you Benimur for your time. To answer your questions I'll list them in order

    1. Yes, it's connected to LPT1.

    2. I have no idea how to configure the CMOS/BIOS. How do I proceed with this.

    3. There are no pipe characteristics embedded in the print range

    4.None of the cells are hidden.

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    I've done everything I capable of including deleting and reinstalling the software but to no avail.

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Nothing has changed since the last time I printed. No upgrades or the addition of any new hardware or software.

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    The printer has always been the default printer. Thank you

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Still no luck getting this to work

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Thanks Benimur,

    I replaced the printer cable along with the changing the BIOS settings and still can't print. This is becoming frustrating as hell.

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Printer is connected to LPT1 port

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Sriramojou,

    I deleted the software and then reinstalled with the same results. I even went through the trouble of installing the software on another computer in my office and it printed fine.

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Basti,

    I tried everything you recommended and still nothing.

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    Basti,

    I've tried printing differerent spreadsheets and nothing, there are no error messages and when I go to dir>lpt1 it prints all the directories

  • MCiampa Apr 10, 2008

    The Machine,

    I've removed and reintalled the printer, printed a test page, but can still can not print out of Lutus.

    Thee are no error messages at all.

    Printer is not picking up the job from the computer when printing from Lotus.

    And it prints from the command prompt test.

  • MCiampa Apr 11, 2008

    Thank you The Machine but it still won't print. My only solution is to delete this software from my computer and install it on a spare unit I have in another office.

    Best Regards,

    Marc

  • MCiampa Apr 14, 2008

    Ekse,

    Yes I can print a test page and yes, the printer works fine. The reason I use this old version of Lotus is because I have developed many complicated Macros over the years that are not compatible with the Windows based lotus programs

  • MCiampa Apr 14, 2008

    Thank you The Machine for all the time you have spent helping me out. I tried the printfil software and really didn't get anywhere so I deleted Lotus Software from this computer and reinstalled it on a spare unit.

    Best Regards,

    Marc

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Not sure if I saw an answer for this earlier question. Aside from your program settings, how is your printer plugged into your pc? USB, Parallel, Serial, etc...? Please don't rate this question yet :)

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  • Mike Wright Apr 10, 2008

    Nevermind, I saw your answer

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When you print on the Lotus program are you using a dos program or the application itself from windows screen?
If from application from window, try file print and select printer model or Port setting if applicable, if from DOS try changing the port setting on printers and faxes to COM1 to free the LPT port.

Just for troubleshooting purposes....

But if you can print from other application without changing any setup, there is something you need to configure on the application or on lotus application.. .

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 10, 2008

    Try using the generic text only driver as well by adding it from the Add printer wizard...



    and LPT ports on bios should be set as bidirectional or ECP but i dont think it has somethng to do with the bios setup...

  • Edgar Allan Pagayona
    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 10, 2008

    Try printing a different spreadsheet file as well from lotus.

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 10, 2008

    Are you getting an error message when printing? what is the exact error message?

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    Edgar Allan Pagayona Apr 10, 2008

    Go to command prompt: type dir >lpt1 then click on enter, it should print something. if its not printing something is blocking LPT port, a device or an application. set bios to ECP for LPT and check printer port setting under propertied if its set to lpt1- unchecked the enable bidirectional support box click on apply, make sure from the back of computer its plug in to LPT1( printer). try to print.

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I only tell check the printer settings in lotus if you are printing from command mode it will printing or not,check if it comes the problem with lotus123 try to uninstall lotus123 and install latest lotus and try if its working ,problem with the old lotus123

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Can you think of anything that would have changed around the time it stopped working? Did you upgrade printer driver? Did you add another printer?

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    Dean Joly Apr 10, 2008

    Did you try removing and re-adding the printer so that it picks up default settings?



    Do you get an error in 1-2-3 when you try to print or does it just go through the motions and "thinks" it printer?



    Any errors in Windows when you try to print?



    Have you tried watching the printer's print queue while trying to print to see if it gets a job?



    Are there any print settings in 1-2-3? Something like print emulation type or port number?



    Try opening a command printer (type cmd in the run dialog) and typing this at the prompt (without quotes): "dir c:\ > lpt1" this should print your root directory contents to the printer connected to lpt1. If this also doesn't work then something is intercepting your lpt1 commands.

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    Dean Joly Apr 10, 2008

    Did you try my command prompt test above?

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    Dean Joly Apr 10, 2008

    Ok, Windows, printer, driver, and system wise everything seems to be in order then. The only thing I can see to be a problem is Lotus 1-2-3. When you reinstalled did you delete all traces of it from your hard drive? There must be a configuration file somewhere that is corrupted that is not getting refreshed when you reinstall.



    Otherwise scan through all the configuration option from within 1-2-3 or any .cfg, .ini, .txt files in it's folders to see if you can find a missing link or a bad configuration.



    If all other Dos and windows printing is working then everything should be in order, the only variable that is not common to all other things is Lotus.



    You could back up all your data, reinstall Windows, drivers, software and start over again.

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    Dean Joly Apr 11, 2008

    Check this software out: http://www.printfil.com/english.htm try the free trial and see if it helps, might be exactly what you need. Let us know!

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Hi friend

chk your lostas setting can u set your pinter as a defolt printer if u dont do then do it try to print during the printer istall one qution come this qution is come do u have to print from dos programs then u have to click on yes u click on no then your printer cant supports on a dos mod programms so rinstall your printer & try to ptint

thnx using fixya

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Hi Marc,

Is the printer connected to the desktop PC using LPT1/Parallel and not USB?

If yes and all your DOS programs print fine, you may need to alter the settings of the LPT1 in your CMOS/BIOS configurations/setup. Choices are ECP, EPP, Normal. Pls try all settings and determine if a particular one will work for you.

Additionally, pls verify that no pipe character(s) are embedded somewhere in the range you would want printed. To my recollection, Lotus 1-2-3 suppresses the printing of a row/cell if the first character is a pipe character/vertical bar (|), the vertical bar probably won't be visible in the worksheet grid; look at the cell address along the top of the window.

Alternately, to verify whether the cells/range are hidden or not, highlight all of the cells in question, right-click and select "Range Properties" (from the pop-up menu), click on the "Security tab" (key icon) and verify that there is no check mark in the Hide Cell Contents checkbox.

Hope this be of additional help/idea. Pls post back for any development(s) (or even the lack of it) or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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    Louie Role Apr 10, 2008

    Hi again,

    Bear with me, have you tried replacing the printer cable? I know that
    the printer works with all your other programs but pls try.

    If that doesn't work, try re configuring your LPT1 port settings in the CMOS/BIOS - on most desktop PCs, pressing DEL key immediately after powering up would lead you to the CMOS/BIOS configuration page. Among the different settings would be one for the Parallel/LPT1. Though there may be a number configurations, you need only change the ECP, EPP, Normal, ECC + EPP choices. After selecting one, save and exit, reboot and run your Lotus 1-2-3. try printing. You may perhaps need to try/cycle through all choices until one works for you.

    Cheers.

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Hi,

You can try this open up the word fille and then:
Tools --> Options --> Security Tab. Remove the check before "Warn before printing, saving, or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments."

For excel do this:
Tools --> Options --> Security Tab. Remove the check before "Read-Only Recommended."

another thing is please update your software.this usually fixes the problem.

Goodluck,
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Have you tryed to print a test page from the printer? is the printer working?

let me know.

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  • Ekse Apr 11, 2008

    Im just wondering, why are you still useing a program like lotus 1-2-3 for dos?

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Can you print a different form from 123?
try saving the form and try something simple to see if that prints.

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Please set the printer as default

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