Problem with overlays while printing to ASCII printer

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AFP
IBM iSeries
Spool files
Hi There, I created an overlay using Inforprint 300dpi AFP driver and then attached it to a printer file using the DDS keyword OVERLAY. Now after I called the program the spool file was generated , I used AFP work bench Viewer on 'iSeries Access for Windows' to view the spool file and it showed everything perfect. Then I changed the outq of the spool file to actually print on the ASCII printer (HP4250). This is where the problem started. it is just printing the text on the spool file and is not printing the overlay. We are using this  printer from a long time and I even tested my other old program on the same printer which is still printing good along with the overlay.  What am I missing? I compared the  printer file compilation parameters and both are the same. Please help.

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  • walanski
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  • TomLiotta
    Does the HP4250 have the HP IPDS card? I would assume that it doesn't, particularly since an older test works. (It's almost certainly cheaper to have the printer do that work than to have it done buy your much more expensive server. It's also probably much faster since the printer would have dedicated/optimized resources for it.)   I doubt that the printer file has any differences that account for it. More likely it's in the device description. Or are you not using a device description but rather just sending via a remote *OUTQ?   Tom
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  • WoodEngineer
    We do that same type of printing in our shop.  Amost all our printers are HP lasers.  Almost all are remote.  None have any special cards or run special software.  The overlay was created using MS Word, then converted for the iSeries using IBM's utility.  This info is just to confirm that we are doing nothing special. This comment is in the print file DDS.  If we ignore these settings at compile time the overlay does not print properly.  OP170PLASR is the iSeries print file name.  A* COMPILE OP179PLASR with these values for sure on the crtprtf: *  A*  devtype(*AFPDS)  A*  pagrtt(0)       A*  frontovl(BOL_SPL) backovl*frontovl) A*******************************************
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  • WoodEngineer
    Wow!  What I wrote was completely reformatted when displayed.  Hope you can make "heads and tails" of it.
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  • TomLiotta
    Yes, an IPDS card is not needed; but knowing if one exists will make a difference in how the printer data stream should be formatted. There's not much good in using Host Print Transform (HPT) for an IPDS/AFP printer.   And using an expensive System i to do a significant number of transformations when it ought to be done by the printer probably isn't the best use of the system. If this is a small system, HPT can use a lot of expensive resources that could be better used doing other work.   Tom
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