LocoScript and Windows XP Issues

Installation Problems

If you have upgraded to a PC running a recent version of Windows (2000 or XP) then you may well find that you are unable to install LocoScript from its master disc set.

This is almost certainly due to the fact that the PC supplier has taken the option to install a "file security system" which effectively excludes low-level access to the floppy disc drive. In short, the PC will not read the (protected) 720k type which LocoScript was supplied on. If your PC supplier was aware that you needed access to MSDOS files then they really should have checked with you before installing file security although it may not be practicable to undo.

The other possibility is that you have an anti-virus checker which is suspicious of the LocoScript disc format. If you are certain that the discs are OK then the thing to do is to turn-off the anti-virus software and try the LocoScript installation again.

The ultimate solution is to obtain copy of the LSPro installation CD from us (prices start from £19.95 according to which LSPro version you have) which is designed for quick and easy loading under all versions of Windows from 95 to XP. The CD automatically installs a number of drivers covering virtually all the types of printer still compatible for use with LocoScript including Canon Bubblejets, Epson Stylus, HP Desk and Laserjets 9-pin and 24-pin dot matrix printers. Note that to work with LSPro, your printer must be MSDOS compatible (not Windows only) and must be connected to your PC via a standard parallel port (not USB).

Printing Problems

Whenever a time change occurs in Windows XP, e.g. when the clocks go back or forward by an hour in March or October this appears to knock out the settings file in LocoScript, knocking out the printer. You simply need to reintegrate the printer driver within LocoScript Professional:-

"Error with File...C:\_\HPLASR4L.ST*.PRI"

"Wrong File found".

This does not indicate that LSPro has not installed correctly but simply means that the printer files have not automatically been integrated as is normal.

If the above occurs, take the option to cancel and proceed as follows:-

From the main LSPro disc manager screen press <CTRL> and <PgDn> together and the boxed message "Move to:\LSPRO.ETC\" will appear. Now press <ENTER> to accept this route and then <PgUp>. The list of the built-in LSPro printer drivers will be displayed.

Find the name of the desired printer (for example, DJ560C for all recent deskjets and compatible) and move the cursor over it. Now press <ENTER> and all the font files for this printer will appear. Press <F9> and select the "Integrate Printer" option. Now press <ENTER> or <F10> to begin the process of integrating the printer ready after which it is ready for use and you can return to the LSPRO.DOC directory (or wherever you choose) to create or edit documents after exiting from the printer control menu by pressing <F10>. The printer you have integrated will become the default and you will just need to select the fonts required for use in your documents.

Printing Solutions?

However, even if you manage to get the program running correctly it will not print if you only have USB connections.  A USB to PAR converter will not help; this will only only send Windows output from a USB port to a parallel printer. Nor will Dos to USB software print utilities such as DosPrn; these solutions will only help with old programs which require the redirection of simple line printing (such as our Mallard BASIC) or which have a 'print to file' option. LocoScript does not offer this facility and in any case its data output requirements (complex document setup commands, margins, fonts and so on) are far greater than any so-called 'legacy' software could handle. LocoScript must print directly and to do this you would need to fit a PAR card which cost about £20 into a spare expansion slot (desktop PCs). The only real alternative is to convert your documents via our Locolink for Windows.

Vista may well prove to be the end of the line for LocoScript under Windows. Creating a separate Dos partition to run LocoScript is a possible solution but you may need special software (such as Partition Magic) or professional advice to achieve this.

For more information on XP or Vista, also visit the excellent Word Perfect For Dos web pages. This also gives much data on successfully running (and printing from) MSDOS applications under Windows, much (although not all) of which equally applies to LocoScript.


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