USB printing and the iSeries

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AS/400 printing
USB ports
We have some remote wrkstns using client access for the emulation and printing. The printer is attached as a USB printer. When client sends spooled files to this printer, it puts the splf on hold, once released it does print. If this same spooled file is sent to a printer on the LAN, the spooled file prints off the bat. Ideas?

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This was a problem a few years ago but we don’t see it as much now.
You should make sure the iSeries Access client loaded on the PC is at least V5R4.
Make sure you use the correct make and model too:

After iSeries Access is installed configure the printer session.
In Windows Click Start/Programs/IBM iSeries Access for Windows/Emulator/Start or Configure Session. Click New Session.
Leave Specify workstation ID selected and type in a name for the printer in the field below. Select Printer and click the Setup button.
Select Transform Print data to ASCII on iSeries.
Select the Printer make and model from the drop down box.
Use this link if your make and model is not shown:
If you don’t see the exact make and model you’ll have to try ones that sound like they might work for your printer.
Click OK/OK and your session should start.
On the new printer session click File/Printer Setup and select you Windows printer driver. Click OK.
On the new printer session click File/Save and save it with the same name you used for “Specify workstation ID” field.
Copy the new icon to your startup folder and the printer session will start whenever you boot the PC. Also make a copy of the icon to the desktop for quick access.


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  • Batman47
    Not sure why the spool file goes on hold but it could be because it's still spooling. Also, printer emulation uses the printer attached on your PC, so after spooling the file on the the AS/400 it will need take additional time to do the same on your PC (you can watch the progress by opening your Printers and Faxes window). Also, if you have a large spool file it will take WAY longer to spool on the PC compared to the AS/400. You can't even come close to the speed of printing directly off the LAN.
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  • Voodoovw
    I read Batman's responce then read through the problem again. Check the iSeries Access version on the PC. Also check that "Transform Print data to ASCII on iSeries" is selected and the make and model hase been selected. Sounds like the system is not sure the printer session is ready or something. Voodoo
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  • cstout
    We have this exact issue now except this only happens on Windows 10 machines. I have even gone as far as copying over a known working Printer Session from a Windows 7 box. I named the printer properly and saved it. Then upon opening it again and send a print job to the printer the job just goes on Hold on the AS400 side. The computers had the exact same version of i Series installed and the same model printer. I justs cant get it to work on the Windows 10 Side.
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  • ToddN2000
    @cstout: What version of Client Access are you using and what OS release on the IBM side ?

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