USING USB PRINTERS ON SHOP PRO WITH WINDOWS XP
These Apply To Jewelry Shop-Pro Version 9.6 or higher
In general Shop-pro supports only parallel (LPT1, LPT2, LPT3)
printers. However if your system meets ALL THREE of these criteria you
will likely be able to use a USB printer.
1) The printer is a Hewlett Packard or compatible (with "PCL" support)
2) The computer is running Windows XP (possibly Windows 2000)
3) The computer is networked (the other computers don't have to be
Windows XP and you could even have just a virtual network without
any other computers if you have an ethernet connection to a broadband
internet router such as a DSL-modem/router or a cable modem)
If you have just a Single computer, NOT a network there is a further trick
that you can play on Windows XP to fake it into behaving like a network.
If you feel like tweaking Windows see the notes at the bottom.
In order to allow Print Sharing from Windows (needed for Shop-Pro to use
a USB port) from within the Network configuration part of Windows you need
to make sure you have the "File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks"
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A) ** Share the Printer **
Go to the Windows Desktop.
Choose Start, Printers (or Start Settings Printers)
Right-Click the USB printer icon.
If you see "Click where it says If you understand the Security Risks
Click Here" then click there
If you see "Just Enable printer sharing" click that option
Click/choose Share This Printer
Choose Shared As. Type in a useful name.
E.g. if the printer is an HP 2200 Laser, type: HP2200JET
If the printer is a Ithaca POS JET 1000, type: POSJET
- MAKE SURE NO SPACES ARE IN THE PRINTER NAME.
B) ** Check or Correct the Full Computer Name **
Right Click My Computer and choose Properties and the Computer Name
(or Network ID) Tab.
Note the FULL COMPUTER NAME (eg Back, Jerry etc)
If there are Spaces in the Full Computer name, then CHANGE THE NAME TO
NOT INCLUDE SPACES. Or, if the full computer name is just a jumble of
letters and numbers, give it a proper name (such as FRONT or MARY)
- If you change the Full Computer Name you have to restart the computer
C) In Shop-Pro Store Information Defaults (choice 8,8).
Page-down to page 2. At the bottom, in the MISCELLANEOUS SETTINGS
box type: NETPRINT
- if you have other words in there already you can add this word
either before or after the others
Press Page Down to get to the next page then press Esc a few times
to get to the Main Menu.
D) Still in Shoppro, Choose Printer Redirection (choice 8,B).
Highlight the printer number you want to print to (eg, 5 HP laserjet)
Press the F2 key to get a list of network printers.
Select the print queue from the list and press Enter.
- e.g. \\BOB\HP1200 would represent the printer with a sharename of
HP1200 on a computer with a name of BOB)
Press Esc from the list of printers to get to the next page.
E) From the following page "customize printer destinations", make sure
the correct printer number is typed into the corresponding print
job (eg. REPORTS AND GENERAL USE: 5)
F) Try printing a report.
- e.g. a quick report is option 8,3,3 "Print Major Class Codes"
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIMULATING A NETWORK FOR A SINGLE COMPUTER
Note: do NOT use these Simulating a Network instructions if you actually
do have a network or if you have a broadband internet connection.
These notes are only to be used to 'fake out' the computer so that the
USB port tricks above can work.
Start, Control Panel, Add Hardware
(Welcome to the Add Hardware Wizard) NEXT
Yes, I have already connected the hardware, NEXT
Scroll down do the BOTTOM of the list
Click Add a new hardware device NEXT
Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (advanced) NEXT
Scroll down to Network adapters NEXT
Click on Microsoft of the left for Mfg
Click Microsoft Loopback Adapter on the right and click NEXT
The wizard is ready to install your hardware NEXT
"Please wait while the wizard installs the software ..."
"Completing the Add Hardware Wizard"
Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel,
and then double-click Add/Remove Hardware.
(If you don't see Add/Remove Hardware switch to "Category View")
Click Add/Troubleshoot a device, and then click Next.
Click Add a new device, and then click Next.
Click No, I want to select the hardware from a list, and then click Next.
Click Network adapters, and then click Next.
In the Manufacturers box, click Microsoft.
In the Network Adapter box, click Microsoft Loopback Adapter, and then click Next.