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HP Printers - How To Install An SAP Device Type

Introduction

This document provides instructions on how to install a device type for an SAP-supported, PCL5-capable printer. For instructions on how to install or configure device types for PCL3 or host-based printers, go to SAP printing with PCL3 or host-based printers.
In the SAP System, the device type consists of all the attributes defined for an output device. For correct access, these must be made known in the SAP System. They cover aspects such as control commands for font selection, page size, character set selection, character set used and so on. To determine which device is recommended for your printer, go to Device types for SAP printing.

Install an SAP device type

HP device types can be installed by importing the .pri file (Zxxxyyyy.PRI) into your SAP system using one of the following methods:

Import a Device Type using SE38

  1. Download the SAP device type and save the .pri file to your computer.
  2. Logon to SAP and select SE38.
  3. Type RSTXSCRP in the Program field.
  4. Select Execute () to open the report.
  5. Import the device type.
    1. Select the Device Type radio button.
    2. Type the name of the device type you want to import in the Object name field.
    3. Type IMPORT in the Mode field.
    4. Select Execute ().
    5. Select the Local Object button.
    6. Select the path for the device type, select the device type you want to import, and then select Open.
    When the import process is complete, an Object successfully imported message displays.

Import a Device Type using SPAD in R/3

  1. Download the SAP device type and save the .pri file to your computer.
  2. Logon to SAP and select SPAD.
  3. Select Utilities at the top of the screen, select For device types, and then select Import to open the report.
  4. Import the device type.
    1. Select the Device Type radio button.
    2. Type the name of the device type you want to import in the Object name field.
    3. Type IMPORT in the Mode field.
    4. Select Execute ().
    5. Select Local Object.
    6. Select the path for the device type, select the device type you want to import, and then select Open.
    When the import process is complete, an Object successfully imported message displays.

Troubleshooting

  • Make sure you are using the recommended SAP device types for your PCL5-capable HP printer. If the printer is not PCL5-capable, or if the device type you need is not available, try a generic device type, or download another device type for a printer similar to yours.
  • If you have a Windows PC, and you don't need to have direct-printing functionality from the server, then route the print jobs to your printer via your PC using a standard Windows driver. SAP's client printing application (SAPlpd) and generic Windows device types are included with every SAP system. Rather than being sent to the server spooler for direct printing, data streams are routed to the SAP print client, and use the appropriate Windows driver for the printer. Because the generic, SAP-developed drivers are not used in this method, the device-specific configuration files are not needed and the generic Windows-printer device types that are supplied by SAP are sufficient.
  • If you are in a purchase situation, work with your sales representative to consider whether or not one of the printer models for which device types are available will meet your business needs instead. If none of the above options meet your needs, then request that HP create a new device type for the printer model that you are using. HP will engage SAP to develop device types for newer printers as part of its regular, semi-annual development cycles.

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