HP Electrostatic 7600 Series Printer - Problems Plotting from Microsoft (R) Windows
When plotting lines and text on an Hewlett-Packard 7600 Series Electrostatic Printer using any of the Windows HPGL/2 drivers, every thing works fine. But, when trying to plot something with Raster or Bitmapped images, those plots are incomplete.
The printer is probably working fine. The HPL/2 driver is the best possible driver for this model printer. This problem a limitation of the Windows environment and the Electrostatic printer. The Hewlett-Packard 7600 Series Electrostatic printers were all designed prior to the popularity of the Windows environment. They are capable of plotting Raster and Vector (lines and text) graphics; however, the 7600 Series printer relies on most of the Raster Operation’s (ROPs) to be handled at the software level. Windows does not handle all of the ROP’s because that environment relies on the hard copy device to handle them instead. The end result is that neither the software nor the hardware handle the necessary ROPs. Because of these limitations, there is no solution for using the 7600 Series printer with Raster graphics with software running under Windows.
ISSUE: The Hewlett-Packard 7600 Series Electrostatic Printer was replaced by the HP DesignJet Series Printers that use HPGL/2 and RTL languages just like the 7600 Series. Why don’t the HP DesignJet Series Printer’s have the same limitation plotting in the Microsoft Windows environment?
Since the Hewlett-Packard DesignJet Series Printer was designed after Microsoft Windows became a popular environment, Hewlett-Packard was able to build those necessary ROP’s into all HP DesignJet Series printers.
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