iSeries/pc printer trouble

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Hi all, I recently replaced pc printers with some HP Officejet Pro 8500A. The printers are connected to the pc's via the USB cable.   The pc's are running Windows XP. When we do a local print screen in iSeries Access For Windows (v5.9), it can take up to 5 minutes for the printout to complete. Once the printout completes, the HP cycles through the cleaning of printheads and the checking of the printer. If I remove the use of the PDT's (tried all of the ones I can find), the print speed is normal, but the output is very small - a printscreen will take up only the top left of the page. Printing from Windows is fine.  This issue only happens with the combination of the iSeries and the 8500A's. My question is, has anyone else had any issues similar to this or with the same type of printer? And, is there a way around this? Thank you in advance.

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os/400, windows xp, iSeries for windows, hp 8500a

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This printer according to IBM Documentation will not print from the Iseries and does not support LPR, Lan Printing or Client Access PDT due to it has Host-Based Printing.
The Y below means host based all the N and n/a means no printing capabilities.

HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One Series – A910
HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-All-in-One
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-All-in-One HP PCL3 GUI Y n/a n/a N N N N

On e thing you can try is hook printer into say a HP JetDirect or other Print Server and it may then support LPR (Remote Writer on Iseries).

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  • WM
    Oh printer configuration on the AS400... Oh yes I remember the headaches... But as soon as you get them to connect and work the way you want them to it just keeps on working. Rick, would it be possible for this printer to emulate another HP printer model, lets say HP LaserJet II or HP Laserjet 4? If that is the case, then you should be able to configure the printer to work with the AS400. I remember the good old TWINAX days. It used to be so simple to configure printers back then. Hope this helps.
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  • Geojf3
    Ive tried setting up the 8500 as different laserjets, but the results are same.
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  • WM
    Geojf3, that is really interesting. I have been able to make them work this way, by changing the printer to emulate a different printer and configuring the PCS to are print to that type of printer. Are you trying to use a PDT to print to the printer? Also, like Rick stated, you can buy an inexpensive print server, connected to this printer and make it work. Let me try to get the name of a print server that used a while back. It was really unexpensive and I got it to work with the AS400s.
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  • WM
    OK... here is the print server that I got: [HPS1U] 1 Port USB High-Performance Internet Print Server. It works great with the HP printers and the AS400. Hope this helps.
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  • Geojf3
    Wm, what are you making the 8500 print as? Also, I am not using PDT since it seems it makes the print take a long time. These printers are attached directly to each pc, so I do not know if buying a print server would be the way we want to go.
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  • Rickmcd
    The problem with trying to emulate another printer is the Printer itself. It has a host based printer driver not a true PCL type print driver so it cannot do the Host Print transform.
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  • Geojf3
    Is there a list of current laser jets that would work better?
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  • Batman47
    This printer only has PCL 3. You need an HP printer with at least PCL 5 to avoid these problems with the AS/400.
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  • Rickmcd
    Try this Link - Any with Host Based N should work in some aspect. The page is self expanatory. Check the PDT and HPT https://www-912.ibm.com/s_dir/slkbase.NSF/7c4c0f5a4d52e3c4862569b4005d198a/ba0863cfa6463903862569c10078c903?OpenDocument
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