Printer WSCSTs

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We have huge problems getting new networked printers to print the same print files in the same format as the old net work printers and the printers we have working on sessions. I think this is to do with not having the right WSCST in the device descriptions. IBM don't have ones on their website that match our printers does anyone know where to get or how to create our own so we can sort this issue for good. Currenty we have problems with our HP color 3600n's. Hope someone can help many thanks Craig
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I hope you like your new HP printer. Did you see the site: http://www-912.ibm.com/s_dir/slkbase.NSF/acf2ee1e9d64b16e8625680b00020389/b44a2cf4ba778d83862568250053649f?OpenDocument&ExpandSection=27#_Section27

Your printer is a “host based” which according to the description is not compatible with much of what the iSeries does. The definition according to the site is:

Host-based The term “Host-Based” refers to the any printer language that supports printing from one of the Windows, Linux? or MacIntosh operating systems. Printers that use this printer data stream will not work with Host Print Transform (HPT) or a PC5250 Printer Definition Table (PDT) File.

Get a new printer that supports PCL.

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  • DaddyCOZ
    I hope you like your new HP printer. Did you see the site: http://www-912.ibm.com/s_dir/slkbase.NSF/acf2ee1e9d64b16e8625680b00020389/b44a2cf4ba778d83862568250053649f?OpenDocument&ExpandSection=27#_Section27 Your printer is a "host based" which according to the description is not compatible with much of what the iSeries does. The definition according to the site is: Host-based The term "Host-Based" refers to the any printer language that supports printing from one of the Windows, Linux? or MacIntosh operating systems. Printers that use this printer data stream will not work with Host Print Transform (HPT) or a PC5250 Printer Definition Table (PDT) File. Get a new printer that supports PCL.
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  • GlennRose
    After a quick review of the System i Knowledge Base, it appears that HP has not provided any information to them on the best WSCST to use, the languages supported by the printer, etc., so they have no alternative but to say that the printer is not supported. The Software manual on the HP site however does indicate that port 9100 is used for the network models and that PCL is supported. On the non-network models I am not sure. There are a number of articles in the knowledge base on creating a custom HPT that may provide help. IBM Rochester will for a fee, create a custom HPT. My experience with the IBM printers and the WSCST objects is that anything is possible, however you must know the specific PCL escape sequences required to control the printer. Documentation from HP on the connectivity and any PCL exceptions will be required to create a custom HPT object. What type of output are you sending to the printer (*SCS or *AFPDS i print files) and what is wrong with your output?
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  • Senator46058
    You may not want to, but you have the capability of either creating or changing workstation customizing objects (WSCST). If you have used an object that has gotten you close to the output you need, you can retrieve the source and play with the code to seek improvement. The command is RTVWSCST. Remember to retrieve it to a different name so you do not mess up a WSCST that is in use. Of course, if Daddycoz is correct then this may be futile.
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