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PC4 doesnt appear to recognize ANY IPL coding

I have an intermec PC4 printer. I'm tasked to define a new form, and the documentation looks simple enough. Even something as simple as give me a status update, I'm not getting a COM return result, yet under old code, it does print.

Ive tried using direct ascii dumps such as suggested with the angle bracket, commands, close bracket, but notta... Then I tried by doing the actual ASCII by hex value... ex: 0x02 vs and 0x03 vs

It won't even appear to recognize a simple form feed via

This killing me....
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  • HateIntermec Nov 26, 2008

    Yes, the same problem. I'm begining to hate INTERMEC! (I will call them when I'll get more calm :) From the manual for (easycoder pc4) that I have , it seems that the printer does not recognize the ipl and supports only esim protocol. But nothing happense or just produces junk when i try to print a text file with the commands (in esim) for the label I need. The same thing happens when trying to send the commands through the drivers consolle. May be it is better to get rid of the intermec . Intermec for unexpirienced users? Or just *******, I'm a developer and cannot print any correct label on the stupid printer!

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1. Add Generic Printer to printer list.
2. Select Generic printer as Default printer
3. open the document and print.

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