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When printing through a printer session set up to use Host Print Transform ( HPT ) to a PCL6 ASCII printer, nothing physically prints on the printer. This happens using both IBM i Access Client Solutions ( ACS ) and IBM i Access for Windows.
Case in point: Client purchases a PCL 6 ASCII printer and installs the print driver on their Windows 10 PC. They can successfully print from Windows. An IBM i Access Client Solutions ( ACS ) or IBM i Access for Windows printer session is configured to print to the printer. The printer session is configured to use Host Print Transform ( HPT ) with the Printer Manufacturer of HP and Printer Model of HP LaserJet 4000 series (*HP4000), or any PCL 5 manufacturer type and model ( MFRTYPMDL ). The session is configured to use the Windows PCL 6 driver that was installed for the printer. When releasing a spooled file on the IBM i to print through this printer session, the spooled file will go to SAV status, if set to be saved, or disappear from the output queue. The file can be seen in the Windows print queue and being sent to the printer, but nothing physically prints on the printer. ACS development believes that the PCL 6 print driver is not backward compatible to PCL 5, thus the reason the file does not physically print. The resolution to this is to download and install either a PCL 5 or Universal Print Driver ( UPD ) for the printer and use that print driver for the printer session. A UPD is backward compatible to PCL 5.
If the IBM i were to send a PCL 6 data stream that is compatible with the Windows PCL 6 driver, this issue, in theory, would not happen. Providing a PCL6 version of the existing PCL5 MFRTYPMDLs available on the IBM i, or even a select few, would be very helpful.
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