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4100N printer, configured OK and can print from any computer on the network with one exception: our unix based business system. Our business system vendor says the printer does not accept post script data (?) and may require a new server card. Sounds good except the card they want to sell is the same as the card that is in it. How do I know if the printer is post script compatible or not ? Can I restore it or program it to such a state ? We have 3 other 4100 printers on the network and have zero issues.

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  • rgrapsy Apr 01, 2011

    There is no problem with connecting from individual PCs on the network. The mainframe cannot print to the printer because the network card does not support post scripts. How do I program the network card in the printer to be post script compatible ? The mainframe currently does print to 3 other 4100 printers on the network without issue so the problem can not be with the main frame computer.



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Try to download a postscript printer driver for your HP laserjet 4100 printer and install it to your computer. Then set up again the printer. Here is the link

It hope it helps you. Regards

Posted on Mar 31, 2011

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  • Benjamin Jr Singson Mar 31, 2011

    Or if still not working with the 1st solution. Follow this steps.

    Before proceeding with the software installation, the printer must first be properly set up, and your computer must be ready to print.

    * Turn on the printer first, then turn on the computer.
    * Close any screen savers, virus protection programs, or other software programs running on your computer.
    * Click on Download Now and a File Download box will appear.
    * Select Save This Program to Disk and a Save As box will appear.
    * Select a directory to save the file in and click Save.
    * Locate the file using Windows Explorer when the download has completed.
    * Double click on the file. This will extract all the driver files into a directory on your hard drive. The directory these files are extracted to will have a similar name to the file that was downloaded (i.e., c:lj4100pcl5ewin2kxp). However, you can change the path and directory name at the time of extracting the file.
    * Open the Printers Window (Click Start-Settings-Printers).

    * Update the printer if it was previously installed
    o Right click on the printer and select Properties from the pop menu.
    o On the General tab, select New Driver.
    o Click on the Warning Box that pops up.
    o A printer listing box will appear. Select Have Disk.
    o Another box Install from Disk appears.
    o Click the Browse to locate the expanded files directory (i.e., c:lj4100).
    o Click on the file ending with .inf .
    o Click Open and then Okay and let files install.

    * Add the printer if it hasn't been installed yet.
    o Click Add New Printer
    o Follow the instructions of the Add Printer Wizard.


  • Benjamin Jr Singson Mar 31, 2011

    Here another step by step wizard on how to cnfigure postscript printer.

    I hope this helps you *** well.

  • Benjamin Jr Singson Apr 01, 2011

    Hi try this configuration.

    Avoiding Font Substitution - Configuring Windows® XP PostScript® Printer
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    Configuring a PostScript Printer to Avoid Font Substitution - Windows XP

    1. Start by opening your printers folder:

    2. Right-click the printer you want to configure and choose "Properties" from the context menu.

    3. From the "General" tab, click the "Printing Preferences" button.

    4. A Layout Options dialog will open. Click the "Advanced" button.

    5. In the "Graphic" section of the Advanced Options dialog there is a "TrueType Font" setting. The default setting is "Substitute with Device Font". This is the setting we want to change so the printer will use the installed TrueType fonts instead of the printer's built-in device fonts. Click the "Substitute with Device Font" hyperlinked text.

    6. Clicking the "Substitute with Device Font" hyperlinked text in the Graphic section of the Advanced Options dialog will display a drop-down menu.

    7. Choose "Download as Softfont" from this drop-down menu.

    8. Choosing the "Download as Softfont" option will ensure that trueType fonts are sent to the printer. That's it. You're done. The printer is now configured to send TrueType fonts to the printer and bypass the printer's font substitution table.

    Note: The following steps are to demonstrate how to edit the printer's font substitution table. These steps are not necessary if you have done steps 1 - 8 above, but they are shown here for instructional purposes only.

    9. Click the "Device Settings" tab. Here is where you can edit the printer's font substitution table. Click the plus sign to the left of the "Font Substitution Table" section to expand it.

    10. Scroll down to where you see a font that is being substituted for one of the printer's built-in device fonts. In the screen shot below, Arial is substituted with Helvetica. Click the "Helvetica" hyperlinked text to change it.

    11. Clicking the "Helvetica" hyperlinked text will display a drop-down menu.

    12. Choose "Don't Substitute" from the drop-down menu.

    13. Setting each substituted font to "Don't Substitute" will force the printer to use the actual TrueType font instead of one of the printer's built-in device fonts. Editing the printer's font substitution table is one way to accomplish this.

    I hope it helps you.



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