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HP Designjet Printers - Configure AutoCAD LT

Issue:
How should various HP DesignJet printers be configured in AutoCAD LT?
Solution
The following tables offer an overview for recommended configurations.
HP DesignJet Printers (all)
With Windows 9x
Use the HP provided HPGL/2- RTL Windows driver
With Windows NT (all)
Use the HP provided HPGL/2- RTL Windows driver
With Windows 3.1x
Use the HP provided HPGL/2- RTL Windows driver
For current driver download contact HP Driver Support at www.hp.com
  note:
If the HP driver is properly installed, printers will be listed by model (name/ number) under the printer choices.
Older HP Pen Plotters (without HP-GL/2 support)
With Windows 9x
Use Software Mechanics third-party WinLINE driver. For more information contact Software Mechanics at www.winline.com
With Windows 3.1x
Use LT's internal HPGL driver
For more information contact Software Mechanics at www.winline.com
  note:
LT's internal HPGL driver can be used with Windows 95 if you plot to a file and copy the file to the appropriate port.
Newer HP Pen Plotters (with HPGL/2 support)
Windows 9x
Use Software Mechanics WINLINE driver or Use HP's HPGL/2 Windows driver v 1.4
Windows 3.1x
Use LT's internal HPGL drivers or Use HP's HPGL/2 Windows driver v 1.4
For more information contact Software Mechanics at www.winline.com
  note:
Use of the v 1.4 driver is untested by Autodesk's Product support. In many cases, this driver may work because it is configured differently than the other revisions of Windows pen plotter drivers.
General Driver Information
  1. Do not try to use ADI drivers. ADI drivers are not supported by AutoCAD LT. Any issues or problems with ADI drivers do not apply to AutoCAD LT. AutoCAD LT uses regular Windows drivers like any other windows program, or can use its own internal HPGL driver to support Pen Printers.
  2. Never use the HPGL drivers that ship with windows with a Pen Printer and AutoCAD LT. These drivers do not work properly with AutoCAD LT and will result in pen up/down cycles between nearly every vector. This hammers the tips of the pens, results in very slow plots, and also unhappy customers. This is why Autodesk included their own HPGL support in AutoCAD LT.
  3. The only situation which requires you to obtain the WinLine driver is an older (non HP-GL/2) Pen printer running under Windows 95. All other combinations can be resolved by using either LT's internal HPGL drivers, or the proper HP-GL/2 Windows driver from HP.
Specifics of configuring Windows and LT for the options listed above
To configure AutoCAD LT for HP's HPGL/2-RTL Windows drivers
  1. Obtain and Install the proper HP Windows driver (v 2.1 or v 1.4).
  2. Set the printer as the default printer in Windows.
  3. Go into Windows "printer" settings and set all defaults to properly reflect paper size, output port, etc.
    1. If using a black and white HP DesignJet printer, you may want to select the "true black" option under the Color settings.
  4. Set LT to print to SYSTEM PRINTER, paper size to "max" etc.
    1. If HP DesignJet printer, set Pen Widths in LT's Pen Parameters dialog. LT defaults to a .003 inch (.08 mm) pen (1 dot at 300DPI) A width of .01 inch (or .3 mm) works much better, especially for dithered colors and Grayscales.
To configure AutoCAD LT for the Winline driver
  1. Obtain the WinLine driver from Software Mechanics.
  2. (Optional) Prior to installing Winline, either remove or rename all other Windows drivers for the printer. This avoids confusion later by ensuring that the WinLine drivers can be easily distinguished from the default Windows printer drivers.)
  3. Install the WinLine driver.
  4. Set printer as Default Windows printer and set paper size etc.
  5. Set LT to print to SYSTEM PRINTER, paper size to "max" etc.
To configure for the internal HPGL driver in AutoCAD LT
  1. Set LT for "Hewlett-Packard (HP-GL)"
  2. Go into "Print/Plot Setup..." button and pick Printer and Port
  3. Select paper size in LT.
  note:
The sizes listed in LT reflect the printable area, which is less than physical sheet size.
  note:
When using the internal HPGL driver, The printer must be set to even parity.

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