This is very simple. Go into your Explorer. Click on view. Click
options. Click on file types. See if .prn is used. If it is, you need
to edit it with the following; if not add a new type. You need to find
the program used to print. This can be done by hitting ctrl-alt-del
right after you do a test plot. The task master will come up and the
program that is using a high value of resources should be your culprit.
Be careful that it is not the "system idle" program. If it is not clear
plot a couple of files that take a long time to plot. Once you get the
program you want to add two actions to the new or edited file type the
first is open and the second is print. You will need to specify the
program that you have found that plots these files. Apply these changes
and exit. Reboot your computer.
This is the basic approach. Sometimes, finding the right printing
program is difficult. Otherwise the previous method of writing a dos
.bat file with a .pif set in windows that copies .prn file to lpt1 or
lpt2 is the next easiest.
From: T. Eric Gillham PE [mailto:gk2(--nospam--at)kuentos.guam.net]
Sent: Monday, June 28, 1999 5:53 PM
To: seaoc list
Subject: WIN98 Question
I've got a general question on Windows that I am hoping someone on the
When I am setting up a printer on WIN98, I have the option of printing
file. When this is done, WIN98 suggests giving the file the extension
".prn". However, once I have done this, there is no association for
I was envisioning being able to print to a file, then just dragging and
dropping said print file (*.prn) onto a printer shortcut, and having it
print the file. However, because WIN98 doesn't associate *.prn files
any particular action, of course nothing happens.
If I try to associate *.prn files with an action, I am required to use a
program. But I can't figure out which program to use, if any.
The reason I am doing this is we have an HP deskjet hooked up to another
computer in my office. Deskjets take forever to print out color plots,
I want to be able to transfer the print files to the other computer (no
in our office), so that I don't tie up my computer.
Anyone have any experience setting up and actually using a printer as
to file"? HELP!
T. Eric Gillham PE
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