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Brother QL-550 - grrr !

Hi,

A number of Brother QL-550 label printers have been purchased and are
sitting on the floor.

Now we need to get them to work.

These are connected via USB (yes, I hear the groans from here).

Connect to W2K Pro box. Print locally okay.

Windows Networking printing also works - the printer port shows as a
Virtual USB port on the remote machine.

I found this on LPRing to the printer:
http://etc.nkadesign.com/Printers/QL550LabelPrinterRaw

So I thought - okay I should be able to iprint it ! Unfortunately every
job I send produces a dialog on the workstation that has the printer
attached saying there was a problem with the job - do I want to retry
(useless) or cancel the job.

Going back one step, I tried Windows to Windows LPR / LPD and got the same
result.

Anyone out there succeeded with this printer ????

Cheers
Ian
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Re: Brother QL-550 - grrr !

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Brother QL-550 - grrr !

I'm the maintainer of the http://etc.nkadesign.com/ web site and Ian
contacted me about this issue.

Just to wrap this up, Ian managed to get this working and here is his
conclusion email to me:
---------------------------------
Under the printer's "Ports" tab in Windows 2000 there is a checkbox "enable
bidirectional support". Unchecking (clearing) this stops the Brother driver
from putting up its own little pop-up progress dialog.

I disabled bidirectional at the sending end, and (just to stop the annoying
pop-up) at the printing end.

I also set the Windows box that had the printer attached to print direct
(more on a whim than anything else).

I *thought* I had set the sending end to print direct too, but when showing
the config to the person who is supposed to be setting it up we found I had
it set to spool then print...... yet it worked !!!

And to add another point - on WinXP we found that it automatically disabled
bidirectional support - maybe it figured out it was a one way channel all
by itself ! 🙂

So just to summarize my setup again

1. Windows 2000 Pro (bidirectional disabled) > Novell IPrint IPP client >

2. > Novell iPrint Server (Netware IPP implementation) > Novell Print
Handler Gateway (LPR) >

3. >Windows 2000 Pro with "Unix Print Services" (LPD implementation) >
Shared Printer (sharename is LPD queue name) >

4. > Windows QL-550 printer with bidirectional disabled, print direct to
printer. > USB port for printer.

Another interesting thing - when I was testing LPR to LPR I found that
creating a printer and adding an LPR port you don't get Byte Counting
anymore. Strange - I remember it being as per your screen capture on
Server, maybe Pro is different !

If you add as a "Standard TCPIP Port" and later on choose LPR you can get
Byte Counting (amongst others).
---------------------------------

Additional info can be found on
http://etc.nkadesign.com/Printers/QL550LabelPrinterRaw

Hope this help some,

Renaud Bompuis


> Hi,
>
> A number of Brother QL-550 label printers have been purchased and are
> sitting on the floor.
>
> Now we need to get them to work.
>
> These are connected via USB (yes, I hear the groans from here).
>
> Connect to W2K Pro box. Print locally okay.
>
> Windows Networking printing also works - the printer port shows as a
> Virtual USB port on the remote machine.
>
> I found this on LPRing to the printer:
> http://etc.nkadesign.com/Printers/QL550LabelPrinterRaw
>
> So I thought - okay I should be able to iprint it ! Unfortunately every
> job I send produces a dialog on the workstation that has the printer
> attached saying there was a problem with the job - do I want to retry
> (useless) or cancel the job.
>
> Going back one step, I tried Windows to Windows LPR / LPD and got the same
> result.
>
> Anyone out there succeeded with this printer ????
>
> Cheers
> Ian


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