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    At work we have an old pc that print document every day ... All it is too expensive and we try to solve it.

    The best way should be print to pdf and store file into a lan folder ,but is impossible becouse is not possible to install a ethernet card.

    I ask !!!

    There is a device connected to the serial port allows you to save files on a network

  • #2
    Re: Print Problem old pc

    If you have USB, get a USB to Ethernet adaptor

    AFAIK there is no serial to ethernet option
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    • #3
      Re: Print Problem old pc

      Wow.. It surely is not THAT old that you cannot install an ethernet card?
      Or is it some sort of self-contained system ?
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      • #4
        Re: Print Problem old pc

        is an old unix workstation ... We use with zeiss machine for measure ... and not possible power off because it work 24 hour for all day .

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        • #5
          Re: Print Problem old pc

          Surely you must have some minimal downtime -- it will take 5-10 minutes to install an ethernet card, so if you have to do it at 0230 on a sunday morning, so be it.
          Tom Jones
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          • #6
            Re: Print Problem old pc

            ahh.. if it's an old unix machine, like a Sun4 or something.. then yea, it will definitely be much harder to find an SBUS network card, but it'll still be around..
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            • #7
              Re: Print Problem old pc

              Someone have another idea !

              Is there a way so i can capture spooler from parallel port !!!

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              • #8
                Re: Print Problem old pc

                I think you need to tell us a lot more about the system and the environment
                A "PC" has turned into a Unix box (nothing wrong with that, per se, but assumptions were previously made.
                Then it cannot afford any downtime (btw, what are your plans when (not if) it fails?)
                Then a serial port turned into a parallel one....

                So tell us all about this wonderous machine, what it is connected to, and why it cannot go down for 10 mins!
                Tom Jones
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                • #9
                  Re: Print Problem old pc

                  with a unix machine, it would be possible to configure an always-on link using the serial port.

                  you could use a null modem cable..

                  Or, you could get two modems, attach one to the unix computer on tghe serial port, and one to the srever, on the serial port.
                  then attach a standard telephone cable between them (you don't actually need a telephone network)

                  configure the unix computer to "dial" - but tell it not to worry about not having a dialtone.
                  then configure the windows computer to answer, and setup a PPP network between the two.
                  make sure it automatically redials.

                  then make sure you can use smbclient on the unix machine, to mount an SMB file share

                  then you will need to configure your printspooler toprint to file, instead of the parallel port.
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