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OS/2 1.3 printer driver for HP Laserjet III. Includes support for HPGL capabilities (soft fonts, image rotation, etc).
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OS/2 1.3 printer driver for HP Laserjet III. Includes support for HPGL capabilities (soft fonts, image rotation, etc).
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Contents of the READ.ME file


Release notes for the OS/2 Version 1.21 & 1.3
Hewlett-Packard PCL 5 Printer Driver Version 1.21a
(C) Copyright Hewlett-Packard Company, 1990

The Hewlett-Packard PCL 5 Driver (Version 1.21a) is supported with
version 1.21 and 1.3 of the OS/2 operating system. This driver supports
the following Hewlett-Packard printers:

LaserJet III
LaserJet IIID


After downloading these files from a bulletin board service and
uncompressing them, you must do the following to prepare the driver files
for installation:

From an OS/2 command prompt in the directory where you placed
these driver files, type:


Note: The information in this READ.ME file regarding the A to Y font
cartridges replaces the help screens in the driver.


I. What to Expect
II. Pre-installation
III. Installation
IV. Verifying Installation
V. Font Installation Hints
VI. Limitations and Known Problems
VII. Application Notes

I. What to Expect

This release of the LaserJet driver supports all resident printer
fonts, as well as scalable and bitmap external cartridge fonts and
soft fonts.

You must install all soft fonts and disk-based scalable typefaces
through this driver's Font Installer. Additionally the Font
Installer must be used for any new cartridges that were not
available when this driver was released. AutoFont Support files
are required for all fonts installed through the Font Installer
except for bitmapped soft fonts. Please refer to section V,
"Font Installation Hints," or the LaserJet Font Installer help
for more information.

This driver package includes the following:

READ.ME (this document)
Support for font cartridges (.FNT files)

II. Pre-installation

If you have installed a previous version of the PCL 5 driver or any
other printer that will NOT be used in OS/2 you should delete those
printers and the installed fonts associated with those printers before
continuing with this version. Also any previously defined queues not
to be used should be deleted since the automatic printer installation
will define its own queue. (The IBM42XX printer driver is installed
with OS/2. If you do not have an IBM printer, be sure to delete the
IBM driver.)

A. If you have an OS/2 1.2 PCL 5 driver that is still installed,
delete old fonts installed

Select the Print Manager. (printer icon)

Choose "Setup".

Choose "Printers".

Choose the PCL 5 driver.

Choose "Change".

Choose "Printer Properties..."

Choose "Fonts..."

Select all fonts in the "Available Fonts:" list.

Choose "Delete"

Choose "Yes".

Choose "OK".

Choose "OK".

Choose "Change" to return to the "Printers" dialog box.

Choose "OK" to return to the Print Manager.

B. Delete unused or old printers

Select the Print Manager. (printer icon)

Choose "Setup".

Choose "Printers".

For each printer not needed: highlight the printer; Choose
"Delete"; choose "Yes".

Choose "OK". You will be returned to the Print Manager.

C. Delete printer queues

Choose "Setup" at the Print Manager.

Choose "Queues".

For each queue not needed: highlight the queue; choose
"Delete"; choose "Yes".

Choose "OK". You will be returned the Print Manager.

Minimize the Print Manager.

III. Installation

Select the Utilities Group from the Desktop Manager, if it
is not already available.

Start the Printer Installer.

Choose "New..."

Type in the drive and directory containing the driver files
followed by a backslash (for example A:\).

Choose "OK".

The "New Printer Driver Model" dialog box should appear. If it
does not, then you either typed in the wrong directory name or
you did not run SETEAS.CMD described under PREPARING DRIVER
FILES at the top of this READ.ME file.

A list of printer drivers appears. Select the printer driver
that matches your printer.

Choose "OK".

Select the appropriate port in the "Connect to" box. If you
are unsure, the default selection is probably correct.

Change the name and description of the printer if the
defaults are not desirable.

Choose "OK" (this may take a few seconds).

Set default Job Properties by choosing "Jobs...", setting
the appropriate settings and choosing "OK".

At the Printer Properties menu, select the default paper
sizes for each tray.

If you have installed cartridge fonts in the Font Installer
dialog box, select the names of the cartridge(s) currently
installed in the printer from the "Active cartridge" list

Choose "OK".

If you have another printer to install choose "Yes",
otherwise choose "No".

Upon successful installation, the Group Utilities menu is

IV. Verifying Installation.

Choose the Print Manager.

Choose the "Setup" menu.

Choose "Printers..."

Choose "Change..."

Choose "Printer Properties..."

The Printer Properties dialog box appears. Check that your
printer model appears in the title bar of the dialog box and
that "Version: 1.21a" appears in the lower right corner. If
either does not, repeat the steps in section II, "Pre-
Installation", section III, "Installation, and section IV,
"Verifying Installation".

If you are still having problems after completing the
installation steps more than once, call the Personal
Peripherals Assist Line between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
(Mountain Standard Time), except Wednesdays, when the hours
are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Assist Line is closed on the
weekends. The number is

(208) 323-2551

If the version and model are correct, choose the "OK" button
to return to the "Change Printer" dialog box.

Choose "Change".

Choose "OK" to return to the Printer Manager.

You have finished the installation of the HP OS/2 PCL 5
printer driver.

V. Font Installation Hints

The LaserJet Font Installer is accessed from the Print Manager
(Setup...Printers...Change...Printer Properties...Fonts...) Use the
Font Installer to install any cartridges or soft fonts. Please note
that all HP font cartridges available at the time of this driver
release (except for the HP A to Y cartridges, see "Cartridges" below)
were installed by the Printer Installer and do not need to be
installed with this driver's Font Installer. If you have cartridge
fonts or scalable disk based typefaces that need to be installed, you
will need the corresponding AutoFont Support files that were shipped
with your HP font/typeface product to tell the driver about the
specifics of your fonts.


To activate a cartridge that was installed by the Printer Installer,
simply select its name from the "Active Cartridge" list box in the
Printer Properties dialog box. You may only select two(2) cartridges
since there are only two cartridge slots in your printer.

Those users who still require the use of HP's A to Y cartridges will
find the needed metric information in the ATOZCART.ZIP file that you
downloaded with the driver. To use any of these cartridges, unzip the
ATOZCART.ZIP file in a separate directory. From an OS/2 command prompt,
change to that directory. Type ATOZEAS and press ENTER. Then copy the
appropriate .FNT file into C:\OS2\DLL\HPPCL5\PCL5 on your hard disk.
(The file name starts with the same letter as the designation for your
cartridge.) Then you will need to activate the cartridge in the Active
Cartridge list box of the Printer Properties dialog. If the cartridge
does not appear, you will need to reboot your computer and then activate
the cartridge.

To install a cartridge that was NOT installed by the Printer
Installer, you must first run the AutoFont Support utility that was
included with your HP cartridge. (This may be done in the DOS
compatibility box, but if problems occur boot your system with DOS and
then try again.) Then, type the directory name containing the
AutoFont Support files (e.g. C:\AUTOFONT). in the "New Font Directory"
box of the Font Installer. Select the cartridge name from the "New
cartridge fonts" list box. Choose "Add".

After you have installed cartridge font(s) using the font installer,
they will appear in the Cartridge list box of the Printer Properties
dialog box. From this dialog you can select up to two cartridges from
the list. This tells the printer driver which cartridge(s) you have
installed in your printer.

Please note that the HP Z1A cartridge is now simply called the
MICROSOFT cartridge.


To install bitmapped soft fonts, simply type in the name of the
directory containing the soft fonts (.SFP files). Select the soft
font names. Choose "Add".


All disk-based scalable typefaces are sold with corresponding AutoFont
Support files. If you have not already done so, you must run the
AutoFont Support Installation program (or Type Director 2.0) prior to
installing the typefaces into this driver. (This may be done from the
DOS compatibility box, but if problems occur boot your computer in DOS
and try again.)

To install these typefaces, place the AutoFont Support files (.TFM
files in the \AUTOFONT directory) and the ready to download disk based
scalable typefaces (.SFS files usually in the \TD\FONTS directory) in
the same directory. Type the name of that directory in "New font
directory". Select the typefaces under "New Soft Fonts". Choose

See the issues discussed in section VI, "Limitations and Known
Problems" for more information on font support.

VI. Limitations and Known Problems

Listed below are limitations and known problems with version 1.21a of
the Hewlett-Packard PCL 5 printer driver:


Symbol Set Support - The following symbol sets are supported in this
version of the PCL 5 printer driver:

Roman 8
PC-8 D/N
PC-850 (equivalent to code page 850)
ECMA-94 Latin 1

(Note: Zapf DingBats typeface set is not supported, since it is not
one of the above symbol sets.)

Although all seven symbol sets are supported, only one symbol set is
supported per soft font at any one time.

When soft fonts are listed in the Font Installer, only those soft
fonts whose symbol sets are supported will be listed. Therefore, any
soft fonts available in unsupported symbol sets will not be displayed.

Landscape Fonts - The LaserJet IIID and III printers have the ability
to automatically rotate all fonts available to the printer (internal &
external). For this reason, fonts are not differentiated with respect
to orientation and are only displayed once in the Font Installer, even
though they may be available in both portrait AND landscape versions.

Font Selection Ambiguity - If two or more typefaces are available to
the driver with the same names, you may not be able to distinguish
between them in an application's font selection menu. (e.g. the
Univers internal font is displayed within applications as "Univers,"
as are many installed external versions of the Univers typeface.)
However, upon selection of the exact point size required, the
printer's internal prioritization will select an external font if
available in that size before scaling the corresponding internal font.

Serial Interface - This driver is only supported on serial ports 1
(COM1:) and port 2 (COM2:). You must have the line
DEVICE=C:\OS2\COM01.SYS in your CONFIG.SYS file after any mouse
drivers are loaded. (If you had to add this line, you will need to
reboot before printing.) You must set the communication settings for
your com port in the OS/2 Control Panel (on the utilities menu).
Start the Control Panel. Select "Options". Select "Communications
Port..." Select the port your printer is connected to. For "Baud
rate" enter "9600". For "Word length" select "8". For "Parity"
select "none". For "Stop bits" select "1". For "Handshake" select
"Hardware". Choose "Set". Close the Control Panel. You must also
select the serial interface setting on the control panel of your
LaserJet. See your User's Guide for information on setting the


Forms Problems:

When printing with different sized papers (letter, legal, A4, ...) the
form size must be selected in the Printer Properties dialog box or the
print job will wait in the queue. This will give you the ability to
queue up jobs for which you do not have the form in the printer yet.
However, in some cases you must select the form once in Printer
Properties, then leave Printer Properties completely, then return to
Printer Properties and exit. If this is the case and the queue is not
a shared queue in a LAN Manager network, then you can get around this
problem completely by deleting your queue. To do this, choose "Setup"
from the Print Manager's menu bar. Choose "Queues..." Select the
queue "HPPCL51". Choose "Delete". Choose "Yes". Choose "OK" to
return to the Print Manager.

VII. Application Notes

Support under the DeScribe (R) Word Publisher v 1.1:

- The default system screen fonts should be used in order to have as
legible a screen font as possible when composing documents. However,
in approximating the printer fonts on screen, the screen fonts may not
always be as easy to read as desired and the cursor may not quite line
up with the current screen character. If this is the case, you can
change to a larger font size while composing a document and switch to
the desired printer font just before sending the document to the

- DeScribe displays some printer font names along with their attribute
as unique entries in its font selection dialog box. If a bold or
italic font is displayed in this manner, it is sufficient to select
that font in that way, and is not desirable to select the font
attribute separately. (for example, Select "CGTimes Bd" as opposed to
selecting "CGTimes" and setting the attribute to "Bold".) If you set
an attribute on these fonts via the "Attributes" command, the
attribute might be simulated. This degrades the font quality.

Support under the Microsoft(R) Excel Application v 2.2:

- In order to access the internal and/or installed printer fonts, the
user must select the "printer fonts" box in the format fonts dialog
box. If this is not done, the driver uses the system default fonts:
Courier, Helvetica, System, and Times Roman.

- Excel Job Properties defaults are taken from the Setup... Queues...
Change... Job Properties... dialog in the Print Manager instead of the
Job Properties defaults from the Printer Properties dialog.

Support under the Aldus PageMaker(R) Application v 3.01:

- PageMaker does not always fully update deletions that have been made
to the installed font set in the LaserJet Font Installer. However,
fonts that have been deleted in the Font Installer and still appear in
the "Type specs..." menu of Page Maker do not have corresponding point
sizes available for selection. These fonts should not be selected,
since the font is not actually available. To alleviate this problem,
exit PageMaker, then at an OS/2 prompt type: CD\ALDUS

- PageMaker displays some printer font names along with their
attribute as unique entries in its font selection dialog box. If a
bold or italic font is displayed in this manner, it is sufficient to
select that font in that way, and is not desirable to select the font
attribute separately. (for example, Select "CGTimes Bd" as opposed to
selecting "CGTimes" and setting the attribute to "Bold".) If you set
an attribute on these fonts via the "Attributes" command, the
attribute might be simulated. This degrades the font quality.

- Changes made to the Job Properties dialog box accessed through the
setup menu in PageMaker are not saved. This means that any changes
made to this dialog at print time are not retained and will have to be
repeated even when sending the same file to print without any changes.
For permanent changes, set the default Job Properties dialog in the
Setup...Printer... menu of the Print Manager.

- When selecting CG Times 12 point (pt) (med, bold, or italic) in
PageMaker, the font is simulated. If you do not like this less
desirable simulation or notice that it is slower printing you may
manually type 11.5 or 12.5 in PageMaker's Type specification's size
box. If you must have 12pt, this may be achieved by entering the
Presentation Manager Control Panel and deleting the TIMES screen font
from the Installation...Delete Fonts... menu. However, the font used
on the screen will no longer be a times font.

- Strikethru is not supported in PageMaker for bitmap fonts.

Trademark Credits
HP(R), AutoFont Support(R), and LaserJet(R) are U.S. registered
trademarks; and PCL(TM) is a trademark of Hewlett-Packard
CG Times is a product of; and Type Director is a registered trademark
of AGFA Compugraphic, a division of Agfa Corporation.
DeScribe(TM) is a trademark of DeScribe, Inc.
IBM(R) is a registered trademark of International Business Machines
ITC Zapf Dingbats is a trademark of International Typeface
Microsoft(R), MS-DOS(R), and MS(R) are U.S. registered trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation.
MS(R) OS/2 is a product of Microsoft Corporation.
PageMaker(R) is a U.S. Registered trademark of Aldus Corporation.
Univers is a registered trademark of Linotype AG and its subsidiaries.

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