Digital DEClaser 3500 Troubleshooting guide

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Convert Box for DECLaser
Installation and Configuration Guide
Order Number: EK-LNCPB-UG-002
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Second Edition, August 1996
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Contents
Introduction .........................................................................................v
Features ..............................................................................................vi
Operating Modes .............................................................................. vii
The Data Conversion mode....................................................... vii
The Bi-directional Communications Transparent mode ............ vii
The Autosensing mode ............................................................ viii
The Hex Dump mode............................................................... viii
About this Guide.............................................................................. viii
Conventions........................................................................................ix
Installing the Conversion Box
Unpacking the Conversion Box........................................................ 1-1
Conversion Box Description ............................................................ 1-2
Installing the Conversion Box .......................................................... 1-3
Stage 1 - Pre-installation Checklist .................................................. 1-3
Stage 2 - Connecting the Conversion Box ........................................ 1-7
Stage 3 - Power on and Testing........................................................ 1-9
Operating the Box...........................................................................1-10
Button Functions.....................................................................1-10
Indicators................................................................................1-10
Configuring and Operating
Configuring the Conversion Box...................................................... 2-1
Dipswitch Configuration .................................................................. 2-2
Setting the Serial Communications .......................................... 2-3
Setting Autowrap Mode ........................................................... 2-3
Setting Hexdump Mode ........................................................... 2-4
Setting Paper Format ............................................................... 2-4
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Setting PPL3 or LN03plus Mode.............................................. 2-5
Setting Autosensing or Transparent Mode ................................ 2-5
Dipswitch Settings ........................................................................... 2-6
Software Configuration .................................................................... 2-7
Specific Conversion Box Commands ....................................... 2-7
Digital ANSI Protocol Configuration Command ...................... 2-8
Use of DECFNVR ............................................................................... 2-8
Troubleshooting
Resetting the Box ............................................................................. 3-1
Indicator Warning ............................................................................... 3-1
Solving Problems ............................................................................. 3-2
Installation Problems................................................................ 3-2
Connection Problems ............................................................... 3-2
Printing Problems..................................................................... 3-3
Contacting your Digital Services Center........................................... 3-5
Target Printers Information
Printers Supported by the Conversion Box ....................................... 4-1
Printer Parameters to Configure ....................................................... 4-1
Specific Conversion Box Commands
General Rules.................................................................................. A-1
Command_n Syntax ........................................................................ A-2
Conventions ............................................................................ A-2
Specific Conversion Box Parameters....................................... A-3
Operator Parameter ............................................................................ A-3
Type Family Parameters ..................................................................... A-4
Poweron Attribute .................................................................. A-5
Commands List ............................................................................... A-6
Using the Reset Operator ........................................................ A-6
Assigning a Condition Using the = Operator ........................... A-6
Printing DEC PPL3 or PostScript Jobs Alternatively ....................... A-9
Sending the Appropriate Sequences in a VMS Environment . A-10
Invoking the Setup Modules at the Print Command .......................... A-10
Defining Separate Print Queues ........................................................ A-10
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Factory Default Configurations
Dipswitch Configuration ..................................................................B-1
Software Configuration.................................................................... B-2
Technical Characteristics
Character Set List ............................................................................ C-2
Conversion Box Interfaces ...............................................................C-3
Parallel Interface...................................................................... C-3
Serial Interface ........................................................................ C-5
Configuration Printout ..................................................................... C-6
Fonts List Printout ........................................................................... C-8
Index
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Preface
Introduction
Convert Box for DECLaser is a conversion box designed to print on
new Digital laser printers, jobs originally intended for DEC PPL3
printers. The DEC PPL3 printer is replaced by the box connected to a
target printer as shown in the before and after situation in the following
figures. This box stands between the host computer and the targeted
Digital printer.
DEC PPL3 is the Digital ANSI-Compliant Printing Protocol which includes
functions for page printers.
BEFORE
AFTER
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Features
The box has the following features:
Compatibility to Digital PPL3 ANSI Protocols
The conversion box with the printer replaces Digital PPL3 printers
without degrading the overall performances.
The box emulates the following DEC PPL3 printers:
DECLaser 1100, DECLaser 2100/2200, DECLaser 3200, LN03 Plus.
Ease-of-use
Simple configuring and operating.
Separate Power Supply
The conversion box is powered via an external AC/DC adapter.
Direct Connection Concept
The conversion box is designed to be connected directly to the parallel
printer port through a bi-directional Nibble 1284 interface and uses a
standard serial interface for the host connection.
Compact Size and Lightweight
Allows a direct connection onto the printer without significantly
increasing the overall printer footprint.
Autosensing capabilities
Can automatically detect whether the type of job being sent to it is
PostScript or DEC PPL3 compatible.
Transparent Mode for Job Control
In this mode, the Convert Box operates in bi-directional
communications without conversion. This operating mode is used in
environments with software applications for job-level printer control
and printer status information.
For instance, this mode applies to the following:
- using the DCPS (DECprint Supervisor) software for printing
PostScript jobs.
- printing under PJL (Printer Job Language) control for PCL or
PostScript jobs
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Target Printer Detection
The box is capable of detecting which printer is attached to the parallel
port. This allows addressing of the specific printer features.
The following printers are supported:
DECLaser 3500, DECLaser 5100, LN17.
Operating Modes
The convert box can operate in one of the following main modes:
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Data Conversion mode (DEC PPL3 to PCL 5)
Bi-directional Communications Transparent mode
Autosensing mode (data conversion or PostScript transmission)
Hex Dump mode
The operating mode is selected by the dipswitch settings or by software
configuration.
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The Data Conversion mode
This is the Convert Box primary operating mode. The Convert Box
processes DEC PPL3 data from the serial input port and converts the
data into PCL 5 protocol to the parallel output port. In this mode, the
Convert Box emulates the following Digital printers: the DECLaser's
1100, 2100/2200, 3200, and the LN03 Plus.
This mode includes a secondary mode, called LN03 Plus, which covers
a reduced range of DEC PPL3 commands and in which the Convert
Box emulates an LN03 Plus printer only.
The Bi-directional Communications Transparent mode
In this mode, the Convert Box operates as a two way serial to parallel
interface with no data conversion. When bi-directional
communications must apply between the host and the printer for
reporting, job control or monitoring, the printer connected to the
parallel port must be configured so that bi-directional communication
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Preface
is enabled and so that the printer system language supports reporting
and job control (PJL or PostScript, for instance).
In this mode the Convert Box may be used in a DCPS (DECPrint
Supervisor) environment provided that the printer connected to the
parallel port is set to the PostScript system language.
The Autosensing mode
In this mode, the Convert Box detects whether the data received
through the serial input port is a DEC PPL3 job or a PostScript job.
When the Convert Box is idle for a given time-out, the first data string
is analyzed. If the string is made of "%!PS-Adobe", the data is
considered as PostScript data, therefore no data conversion and
interpretation take place. If the string is not made of the above, data
conversion from DEC PPL3 to PCL5 is active.
The given time-out is 20 seconds by default and can be modified by
software configuration.
The Hex Dump mode
In this mode, all data received from the input serial port is printed in
Hexadecimal representation on the printer connected to the parallel
port. This mode allows the user to analyze the data sent by the host to
the convert box .
About this Guide
This guide contains all the information required to install, configure,
operate and troubleshoot the conversion box. The guide is structured as
follows:
Chapter 1 - Installing the Conversion Box
This chapter helps you check you have received everything you need,
identifies the various parts of the kit, and tells you how to prepare and
connect the box.
Chapter 2 - Configuring and Operating
This chapter shows you how to configure the conversion box and
introduces the commands that you can use to set specific configuration
options.
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Chapter 3 - Troubleshooting
This chapter contains a troubleshooting guide for problems which may
occur, and tells you how to solve them.
Chapter 4 - Target Printers Information
This chapter details information about the supported printers and their
default settings.
Appendices A-C
The appendices describe the conversion box specific commands, the
default configuration, the serial and parallel technical characteristics.
There is also an index.
Conventions
This guide contains two types of notation which should always be read
carefully.
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Caution:
This CAUTION should catch your attention, advising you
of a particular situation and/or problem which may occur
and/or be avoided as a result of a certain sequence of
operations
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Installing the Conversion Box
Unpacking the Conversion Box
1. Open the carton and remove all parts
2. Check that all parts are present and undamaged
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 Parallel flat ribbon
cable
‚ Conversion box
ƒ Installation and
Configuration guide
„ AC/DC adapter
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3
4
Carton Contents
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Note: Keep all the packing materials in case you have to return the box
for maintenance. If anything is missing or damaged, call your
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Installing the Conversion Box
Conversion Box Description
The figure below shows the Conversion Box and its main features
which are described in the following:
 Button for reset mode and internal tests purposes
‚ ƒ Two indicators showing power and box operating states
„ MMJ6 connector for serial communication, RS232 type, to
connect to the host computer
… AC/DC adapter socket
† Dipswitch bank for configuration
‡ Parallel Centronics connector, for connection to the target
printer
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The Conversion Box
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Installing the Conversion Box
Installing the Conversion Box
The box is installed in three stages:
1.
Pre-installation Checks
2.
Connecting
3.
Power on and Testing
In many instances there will be no need to configure the box and you
can simply connect the box, power on and go. However, it might be
necessary to configure the box as described in Chapter 2.
Stage 1 - Pre-installation Checklist
Before you begin the installation, you need to check several aspects of
the operation of the host computer and the target printer. The settings
of these two pieces of equipment must match the settings of the box if
everything is to work properly.
1. Check the serial communication parameters of the host.
They must match those of the conversion box.
For example, if you had an LN03PLUS printer connected to the
host, you can check the settings that currently exist by pressing
the T button on the rear of the printer. This causes the printer to
output a configuration sheet which you can compare with the
default settings of the box.
If the host settings do not match the default settings on the box,
then the box has to be configured as described in Chapter 2.
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Installing the Conversion Box
The default settings for the conversion box serial
communications are as given in the following table:
Box Serial Communication Default Settings
Parameters
Value
Baud rate
9600
Bit size
8
Parity
disabled
Buffer Flow Control
Xon/Xoff
2. Check the paper format dispswitch setting on the box.
Switch 10 (G) on the dipswitch should be set to On for US Letter
size or Off for A4 (as used in most European countries). The
paper format should match the size of paper in your target printer.
3. Make the box settings and the printer settings according to
your printing application:
See the following table “Convert Box and Printer Settings” to
configure both the convert box and your printer according to your
printing application. For example, if you print only DEC PPL3
jobs, the convert box operates in Data Conversion (PPL3) mode,
and the recommended settings are the following:
Convert Box Settings
Feature
Setting
PPL3/LN03+:
Autosensing/Transparent:
PPL3
Autosensing
Printer Settings
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Feature
Setting
Parallel Port:
System Language:
Bi-directional On
PCL or Autosensing
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Convert Box and Printer Settings
Printing
Application
Convert
Box
Operating
Mode
Convert Box
Settings
Printer Settings
Autosensing /
Transparent
PPL3 /
LN03+
Parallel
Port
System
Language
Printing DEC
PPL3 Jobs
Data
Conversion
(PPL3)
Autosensing
PPL3
Bidir. On
PCL or
Autosensing
Printing
LN03+ Jobs
Data
Conversion
(LN03+)
Autosensing
LN03+
Bidir. On
PCL or
Autosensing
Printing
PostScript Jobs -
Transparent
Transparent
-
Bidir. On
or Off
PostScript or
Autosensing
Bi-directional
Transparent
Transparent
-
Bidir. On
PostScript
Printing PCL jobs
Transparent
Transparent
-
Bidir. On
or Off
PCL or
Autosensing
Printing PCL or
PostScript Jobs
under PJL control
Bi-directional
Transparent
Transparent
-
Bidir. On
PCL, or PS, or
Autosensing
Non DCPS
environment
Printing
PostScript Jobs DCPS
environment
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Printing Application
Printing
PPL3 or
PostScript
jobs
alternatively
(non DCPS
environment)
Convert Box
Settings
Printer Settings
Autosensing /
Transparent
PPL3 /
LN03+
Parallel
Port
System
Language
Jobs are
separated
by an idle
time
Autosensing
Autosensing
PPL3
or
LN03+
Bidir. On
Autosensing
Jobs are
NOT
separated
by an idle
time
Data
Conversion or
Transparent
alternatively.
Selection
made by
software
configuration
prior to each
job. See
Appendix A
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Bidir. On
Autosensing
Printing Jobs in Hex Dump
Mode
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Convert
Box
Operating
Mode
Hex Dump
Hex Dump
Parallel
Port
System
Language
On
Bidir. On
or Off
PCL or
Autosensing
Stage 2 - Connecting the Conversion Box
Provided that the pre-installation checks do not require any
configuration, you can now connect the pieces of equipment together
in the following sequence:
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Note: Ensure that all equipment is switched off and the power cables
removed from the mains power outlet before you connect any
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1. Connect the conversion box directly to the target printer parallel
connector, or via the flat ribbon cable. Close the spring clips on
both sides of the connector.
2. Connect the serial communication host cable into the conversion
box female MMJ6 connector. If your serial communication host
cable is ending with an MMJ6 male cable, connect it into the
MMJ6 connector on the Convert Box directly. If your serial
communication host cable is ending with a DB25 connector, you
may connect it to the Convert Box via two optional parts as
follows:
- BC16E-02 flat cable with MMJ6 connector
- H8571-C converter DB25 to MMJ6 connector
BC16E-02
H8571-C
DB25
3. Connect the AC/DC adapter to the conversion box.
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Note: At this stage, DO NOT connect the AC/DC adapter cable to the
main power outlet.
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Installing the Conversion Box
Connecting the Conversion Box
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Note: The figure shows the connection without using the flat ribbon
cable, and with direct connection through the MMJ6 connector.
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Stage 3 - Power on and Testing
Having successfully completed stages one and two, you can now power
on the box and the printer and run some tests to determine if all is well.
1.
Apply power to the box by connecting the AC/DC adapter to the
mains power outlet. The mains socket outlet must be easily
accessible.
The On indicator on the conversion box should light.
2.
Switch the printer ON, and wait the printer ready indication
3.
Run Internal Tests
To verify the installation of the conversion box on the target printer is
successful, run the internal tests using the reset button. It will give you
its current configuration settings as well as the resident fonts list.
Function
Action on the button
Configuration printout
Press the button once
Fonts list printout
Press the button twice in a row
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Note: Running internal tests does not test the serial communication
between the host and the box. To be sure the complete
installation is correct, you need to send a job from the host.
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If the internal tests do not run, see Chapter 3 - Troubleshooting for
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Installing the Conversion Box
Operating the Box
The box operation should mainly be transparent to the user. However,
there are tests that you can run and indications that you should be
aware of. These are described in the following two tables.
Button Functions
Function
Action on the button
Reset mode
Press and hold the button for 5 seconds
Configuration printout
Press the button once
Fonts list printout
Press the button twice in a row
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Note: An example of Configuration and Fonts list printouts is given in
the Appendix C- Technical Characteristics.
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Indicators
Indicator
State
Meaning
On
Lit
The box is powered on
Off
The box is not powered on
Lit
Data reception mode
Off
Standby mode
Blinking
Printing internal tests
Blinking quickly
- Reset mode
- Printing problem
Status
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Configuring and Operating
Configuring the Conversion Box
If the default settings of the box and your host and printer do not
match, you will need to configure the box. You can do this primarily
through changing the dipswitch settings on the box (dipswitch
configuration). In addition to this, you can use control commands
issued from the host that can override or dynamically change the
dipswitch settings or set other parameters (software configuration).
Both these techniques are described in the following sections.
Configuration information is saved in memory, and is recovered after
each power up, or when the box is reset using the reset button. You can
print out the configuration information by running one of the internal
tests as described in Power On and Testing in Chapter 1.
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Configuring and Operating
Dipswitch Configuration
The dipswitch settings control the main configuration parameters of the
box. The box is delivered with default settings that you might have to
change according to your host and printer parameters which you check
before installing the box.
The dipswitch enables you to set the following parameters on the box:
•
Serial communications
•
Autowrap
•
Paper format
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Operating mode
- Autosensing/Transparent
- PPL3/LN03plus
- Hex Dump
The serial communication and the paper format setting are
mandatory.
The figure below shows the default settings for the dipswitch
(European version)
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12
Caution: Make sure the conversion box is powered down and
disconnected from the printer and the host. It is important to
also remove power from the printer. After you have
configured the box dipswitches, reconnect the box to the host
and printer. Power up the box first and then the printer.
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Configuring and Operating
Setting the Serial Communications
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12
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Note: Make sure those parameters exactly match the ones of the serial
host communication.
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Switches 1-2-3 ( Group A): Baud rate from 300 to 38400
See Dipswitch Settings for full baud rate option
settings
Switch 4 (B): Data Bit selection 7 or 8
Switch 5-6 ( Group C): Parity: Disable or Enable and Odd or Even
Switch 7 (D): Buffer Control: Xon/Xoff or DTR
Setting Autowrap Mode
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12
Switch 8 (E): Instructs the conversion box whether to execute an
automatic Carriage Return/Line Feed when the active position exceeds
the right margin.
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Configuring and Operating
Setting Hexdump Mode
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12
Switch 9 (F):Diagnostic feature which allows the user to analyze all the
bytes transferred from the computer to the box. Each byte transmitted
is printed in hexadecimal format, allowing the user to check the data
codes received.
Setting Paper Format
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
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2
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4
5
6
7
8
9
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Switch 10 (G): The dipswitch setting controls the paper format. It is
overridden dynamically by software commands. The ON position is
for US Letter size paper and the Off position is A4 (European sizes).
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Setting PPL3 or LN03plus Mode
Switch 11 (H): This dipswitch setting controls whether the Convert
Box in data conversion box emulates a DEC PPL3 printer or an
LN03plus. The ON position is for the LN03plus mode, and the OFF
position is for the DEC PPL3 mode.
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12
Setting Autosensing or Transparent Mode
Switch 12 (I): This dipswitch setting controls whether the Convert
Box operates in Autosensing mode or in Transparent mode. See
Preface for the description of those two modes.The ON position is for
the Transparent mode, and the OFF position is for the Autosensing
mode.
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B
C
D E F G H I
ON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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Configuring and Operating
Configuring and Operating
Dipswitch Settings
A
B
C
D
E
38400
19200
Baud
Rate
9600
4800
2400
1200
600
300
Bit Size
8
7
Enable
Parity
Disable
Even
Odd
Buffer
Control
Autowrap
Hexdump
Paper
Size
LN03+
PPL3
Transparent
Autosensing
XON/XOFF
DTR
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
US Letter
A4
ON
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
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OFF
Default
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G
H
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Software Configuration
The dipswitch setting is designed to ensure a proper installation of the
box. However, it does not cover all the possibilities offered by the
conversion box. To that end, a more application oriented software based
configuration facility, has been implemented.
The software configuration is performed by sending control commands to
the conversion box from the host. There are two types of commands:
• Specific Conversion Box Commands
• Digital ANSI Configuration Command
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Note: Software configuration can only be performed with the
conversion box powered on, and connected to the host.
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Specific Conversion Box Commands
These commands have been designed to perform additional operations
to ensure the box works in the best manner with the target printer.
You can use the commands to set the following parameters:
• Reset all parameters to factory default
• Select target printer
• Set the time out on serial input port
• Set the time out on parallel output port
• Set input buffer size
• Set image offset
• Set horizontal printing protection
• Set vertical printing protection
• Set font printing protection
• Select device identification
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Note: For complete information about the use of these features, refer to
Appendix A - Specific Conversion Box Commands.
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Configuring and Operating
Configuring and Operating
Digital ANSI Protocol Configuration Command
The Digital ANSI protocol has a command called DECFNVR which is
designed to perform a custom configuration of the conversion box.
DECFNVR can be used to set the states of the following parameters:
• Line Feed Mode
• Carriage Return Mode
• Character Set
• Number of copies
Use of DECFNVR
1. Send to the conversion box one or more of the Digital commands
corresponding to the features listed above
2. Send to the conversion box DECFNVR command
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: The DECFNVR command has the following format:
ASCII
Hexadecimal
CSI ! u
9B 21 75
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AA
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3
Troubleshooting
Resetting the Box
You can recover the power up default parameters by resetting the
conversion box. This procedure is recommended when the printer gives
unexpected results, and you do not succeed in solving your problem.
To reset the box, press and hold for five seconds the reset button until
the Status indicator starts blinking quickly.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: The factory default parameter values are listed in Appendix B.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Indicator Warning
Indicator
State
Meaning
On
Off
The box is not powered on
Status
Blinking quickly
Reset mode and Failure
operating state
3-1
Troubleshooting
Solving Problems
Installation Problems
Missing or damaged parts
• Contact your dealer immediately.
The conversion box does not power on
• Make sure the AC/DC adapter is inserted correctly into the
conversion box and to the power outlet.
• Check that power is supplied through your power outlet.
The configuration printout does not print at all
• Check the conversion box is securely connected to the printer
parallel connector.
• Check the printer is switched On and Ready with paper available.
• Check the printer setup is appropriate as described in Chapter 4.
Connection Problems
Problems with connection to the host computer
• Check that your serial interface cable is of the correct type (see
Appendix C).
• Make sure you have fixed the interface connectors properly both to
the conversion box and to the host computer.
Problems with connection to the target printer
• Check that your parallel interface cable is of the correct type (see
Appendix C).
• Make sure you have fixed the interface connectors properly both to
the conversion box and to the printer.
3-2
The Configuration Sheet does not reflect the correct printer
connected (“Not identified” printed next to the target printer
name)
• Check that the printer is listed as a supported target printer.
• Check that the parallel port of the printer is set for bi-directional
communications (IEEE 1284).
Printing Problems
Printing after first power-up is not the expected one
• Run the configuration printout to verify the current settings.
See the default printer configurations given in Chapter 4.
• Check that the conversion box hardware and software configuration
settings are appropriate for the printer you are using.
Printing unexpected characters
• Check that the conversion box configuration matches the serial host
settings: baud rate, parity, data bit and buffer control (see Chapter 2
for details).
• Make sure the data sent to the Convert Box in data conversion
mode is DEC PPL3 compatible. The convert Box emulates the
Digital printers DECLaser 1100, DECLaser 2100/200, DECLaser
3200, and the LN03 Plus in DEC PPL3 modes, but the Convert box
does not emulate the other emulations supported by those printers.
For instance the LN03 Plus supports a Tektronix emulation which is
not supported by the Convert Box.
Printing unexpected characters when you send jobs under
different emulations
• If you send alternate jobs under Digital ANSI protocol, and
Postscript emulation, the conversion box and the printer setup
should be set to «Autosensing».
• Check the time-out setting is appropriate (see Appendix A for
details).
• See Printing DEC PPL3 or PostScript Jobs Alternatively in
Appendix A.
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
The conversion box does not print data coming from the host
• Check that the serial communication connection is correct. The
Status indicator should light when receiving data.
• Check the printer display to verify data is received. If so, try to
eject the page by pressing the Form Feed button of the printer, and
verify that your application terminates the job by a Form Feed
command.
For that, you can run a Hexadecimal Printout (see Chapter 2 for
details).
• Check the serial communication with another working device to
validate it.
Page layout and margins not exactly as expected
• Check the PPL3 / LN03Plus dipswitch setting on the Convert Box.
The two emulations may have slight differences in page margins
and some other functions in some instances.
Page break occurs frequently
• Check the time out setting on conversion box is equal to or greater
than the target printer time out. See Chapter 4 for the default target
printer configuration and Appendix A for information on time out
setting.
• Check the host does not frequently interrupt jobs.
The conversion box time out should always be greater than host
interruptions.
Printing stops
• Check there is paper in the printer tray.
• Check the host computer did not interrupt the job.
Printing positioning is not correct
• Check the paper format setting on dipswitch is correct.
The paper format setting on box dipswitch and printer setup, and
paper installed in the printer should match.
• Check the Specific Conversion Box Commands as given in
Appendix A for more information on the parameters.
3-4
Printing distorted or incomplete
• Check you have enough resident memory available in your printer
(at least 2 Mb) and that the printer set-up is correct. «Page Protect»
parameter, if it exists, should be set (see Chapter 1 for details).
Printing appears with a bad contrast
• Check the printer setup parameter «Enhancement» setting, if it
exists.
Printing in general is incoherent
• Reset the conversion box by pressing and holding the reset button
for five seconds.
Printing quality Problems (poor quality, light character...)
• Check the Printer User Manual Troubleshooting section.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: If you need to analyze deeply the content of the job sent, it is
helpful to use «Hexdump» mode (see Chapter 2 - Configuring
and Operating ).
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Contacting your Digital Services Center
Before calling for support, ensure you have tried solving your problem
using the processes described above.
If the problem persists, you should prepare the following information
and then contact your local services center:
• The details of your configuration:
− Target Printer model and configuration
− Host configuration
− Application software
• The serial number and part number of the conversion box, which
can be found face down
• A description of the problem
• The specific failure symptoms
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Troubleshooting
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4
Target Printers Information
Printers Supported by the Conversion Box
• LN17
• DECLaser 3500
• DECLaser 5100
Printer Parameters to Configure
For most applications, the factory default configuration of your printer
should work directly with the conversion box. However, depending on
the application type you want to run, it may be necessary to change the
parameters and set up your printer accordingly.
The most important parameters to look at when setting up the printer
for proper operation are:
• Communication
• Emulation
• Paper Format setting
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: When the printer configuration is complete, it is recommended
to power cycle the printer to ensure both the printer and the
conversion box synchronize correctly.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Recommended target printer settings are given in the following tables.
To configure your target printer, refer to its User's Guide.
4-1
Target Printers Information
Digital LN17 Parameters Interaction with the Box and
Recommended Setting
Menu Item
Interaction / Recommended Setting
PCL
Copies
Yes (Overridden by Digital Commands)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Font
Source
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Font Number
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Pitch
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Point
Size
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Default Source
Yes (Overridden by Digital Commands)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Source
Mapping
(Overridden
by Digital
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A Yes
AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAACommands)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Paper
size
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Front Tray size
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Env
Feeder
Size
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Output bin
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Orientation
No
AAAA
AAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
Form Length
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Symbol Set
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Edge AAAA
to EdgeAAAAAAAAAAAA
No AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Page
Protect
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Jam Recovery
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Resolution
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Print Quality
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
State
Saving
Yes
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
A
AAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
Duplex
Yes
(Overridden
by
Digital
Commands)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Page Size Cont
Yes
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Menu Item
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Target Printers Information
Interaction / Recommended Setting
PostScript
Yes
Interface / Parallel
Port Enable
Must be On
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Port Timeout
Yes / 30 seconds ¹
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
System
Language
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Lang.
Sensing
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Auto Job end
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Bi-directional
Yes
System
Hex Dump
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Power
Saver
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Auto Continue
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Print
Density
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Defaults
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Disk Spooling
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Perform Enhance
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: ¹ You should always set this value equal to or less than
conversion box parallel output time out setting.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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Target Printers Information
DECLaser 3500 Parameters Interaction with the Box and
Recommended Setting
Menu Item
Interaction / Recommended Setting
Paper
Yes / Must be set according to the paper
format used and dipswitch setting
Output Options
Print Resolution
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Print Enhancement
Yes (when sending graphic data) / OFF
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Number of Copies
No (except when sending PostScript data)
Font Setup - PCL
Font
AAAAAAAA
AAAAName
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A NoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Pitch
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Symbol set
No
Page Setup - PCL
Orientation
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Line Per Page
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Line Wrap
No
Parallel
Enable
Interface
Yes
/ ON AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA
AAAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AA
A
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Printer
Type
Yes
/
Sensing
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAPS/PCL
AAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Bi-directional
Yes / OFF
Time-Outs
Postscript
Wait AAAAAAAAAA
Yes
/ 30 seconds
¹
AAAA
AAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAA
PCL Wait
Yes / 30 seconds ¹
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Paper Select Wait
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Manual Feed Wait
No
Systems Settings
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: ¹ You should always set this value equal to or less than the
conversion box parallel output time out setting.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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Target Printers Information
DECLaser 5100 Parameters Interaction with the Box and
Recommended Setting
Menu Item
Interaction / Recommended Setting
Feeders
Yes / Must be set according to the paper
format used and dipswitch setting
PostScript
No
PCL
Resolution
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A NoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Enhancement
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Page Protect
Yes/ON
(when sendin g large graphic data)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Copies
Yes
y Digital
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A (Overridden
AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAbAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAACommands)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Page
Size
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Orientation
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Form
Length
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Font
Source
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Font
AAAAAAAA
AAAANumber
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A NoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Pitch
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Point Size
No
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Symbol Set
No
Communications
COMM:
Serial
NoAAAA
AAAA
AAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
COMM:
Parallel
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
PAR: Interpreter AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Yes / Automatic
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
PAR: I/O timeout Yes / 30 seconds ¹
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
PAR: Mode
Centronics
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
COMM:
Local
Talk
NoAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
AAAA
A
AAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
COMM: Network
No
Miscellaneous
No
Feeder Select
Yes
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note:¹ You should always set this value equal to or less than
conversion box parallel output time out setting.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Caution:
It is not recommended to reset your printer during printing
operation. Otherwise, a reset of the box will be also
required.
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A
Specific Conversion Box Commands
General Rules
The specific conversion box commands (command_n) are introduced with
the introducer command DCS 58 ; 1i, and terminated by the String
Terminator ST.
The introducer and string terminator can be given in hex form as necessary.
Both methods are shown in the following table:
ASCII
Hexadecimal value
DCS 58 ; 1i Command_n ST
90 35 38 3B 31 69 Command_n 9C
APPENDICES
These commands can be sent from any text terminal editor.
A-1
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Command_n Syntax
The command_n syntax is as follows:
(Operator Type Family / Attribute_1 / Attribute_n
Value)
Where:
Operator
is used to indicate the operation type;
assign or reset.
Type Family
designates the parameter which is to be configured.
Attribute
specifies the argument which is used with Type
Family parameter.
Value
is the quantifier component or a constant parameter
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: There must be a space between the operator and type and also
between the attribute and the value parameters.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Each part is described in more detail in the sections that follow.
Conventions
• The upper and lower cases are allowed in the syntax.
• Additional spaces, Carriage Return CR, and Line Feed LF are only
allowed between:
- Operator and Type Family parameters
- Type Family and Value parameters
- Attribute (s) and Value parameters.
• The Attribute(s) can be placed in any order between Type Family and
Value parameters.
Examples:
(= printer/protection/horizontal #ON) or
(= printer/horizontal/protection #ON)
• Unlimited commands are allowed between the Introducer Command
and the String Terminator.
Example:
DCS 58 ; 1i (= printer/model #LN17) (= emulation #transparent) ST
A-2
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Specific Conversion Box Parameters
Operator Parameter
The Operator parameter can take two values:
Used with the other Type Family parameters as given
in the following table to assign values.
Reset
Can be used with all Type Family components to return
parameters value to their factory default.
APPENDICES
=
A-3
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Type Family Parameters
The following table identifies the Type Family parameters that can be
used.
Type Family Parameters List
Type Family
Buffer
Attribute
Size
Emulation
Printer
Model1
Value
0 to 10
(default= 5 Kbytes)
#Autosensing
(default)
#Transparent
#PPL3
#LN03plus
#LN17 (default)
#DEC3500
#DEC5100
Protection/Vertical
#OFF (default)
#ON
Protection/Horizontal
#OFF (default)
#ON
Protection/Fonts
#OFF (default)
#ON
Offset/Vertical
0 to 100
(default= 0)
Offset/Vertical/Negative
0 to 100
(default= 0)
Offset/Horizontal
0 to 100
(default= 0)
Offset/Horizontal/Negative 0 to 100
(default= 0)
A-4
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Type Family
Timeout
Attribute
Serial
Parallel
Device_id
Value
0 to 1000
(default= 20
seconds)
0 to 1000
(default= 30
seconds)
2
#Default
(default)
#LA100
#LQP02
#LN03plus
#PPL3
1
Model: Since the Convert Box detects which printer is connected automatically, this
attribute is used only when the connected printer is unknown or when the Convert Box is
unable to detect it.
2
PPL3 or LN03plus, depending on the dipswitch setting
Poweron Attribute
APPENDICES
The Poweron attribute can be used with any function to save it in
memory so that the selected value will be retrieved at Power-up by
default. Example: (=Buffer/Size/Poweron 7)
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Specific Conversion Box Commands
Commands List
The tables in this section show examples of the box specific commands
(command_n) and describes their meaning.
For simplification in the examples shown below, the Introducer DCS
(9OH) and String Terminator ST (9CH) sequences are not included. Do
not forget to insert them when sending the complete command.
Using the Reset Operator
The Reset operator recalls the factory default values for the Type family
parameter selected.
When Reset is used alone, all Type family parameters are reset to their
factory values, as well as all Digital commands.
Examples:
-(Reset)
-(Reset Emulation)
-(Reset Timeout)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: See Appendix B for factory default configuration setting.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Assigning a Condition Using the = Operator
The following tables give examples of how you can assign specific values
to the commands. They are categorized according to type family.
Buffer
Command Syntax
Meaning
(= Buffer/Size numeric value)
Modifies the size of the input
buffer by assigning a numerical
value specified in Kbytes.
Decreasing the buffer size
allows you to support more
down line loaded fonts.
for example: (= Buffer/Size 7) Sets current input buffer to
7 Kbytes
A-6
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Emulation
Meaning
(= Emulation #PPL3)
Translates DEC PPL3 protocol to be
interpreted by the target printer.
(= Emulation #LN03plus)
Translates Digital LN03plus protocol
to be interpreted by the target printer.
(= Emulation #Transparent)
All data coming into the serial input of
the conversion box simply go through
the printer via the parallel port without
any modifications.
(= Emulation #Autosensing)
Sense data coming into the serial port,
and switch automatically to the correct
emulation (Digital ANSI protocol or
PostScript).
APPENDICES
Command Syntax
A-7
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Printer
Command Syntax
Meaning
3
(= Printer/Model #LN17)
1
Selects printer as LN17
3
(= Printer/Model #DEC3500)
1
Selects printer as DEC3500
3
(= Printer/Model #DEC5100)
1
Selects printer as DEC5100
(= Printer/Protection/Horizontal #ON)
Solves incorrect horizontal print
positioning
(= Printer/Protection/Vertical #ON)
Solves incorrect vertical print
positioning
(= Printer/Protection/Fonts #ON)
Avoids font deselection
(= Printer/Offset/Vertical numeric value)
Shifts the logical page down
2
vertically by a numeric value
(= Printer/Offset/Horizontal numeric value)
Shifts the logical page right
2
horizontally by a numeric value
(= Printer/Offset/Vertical/Negative numeric value)
Shifts the logical page up vertically
2
by a negative numeric value
(= Printer/Offset/Horizontal/Negative numeric value) Shifts the logical page left
horizontally by a numeric value
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: 1 Will map paper tray accordingly
2
numeric value is expressed in millimeters to 1 decimal point.
3
Model: Since the Convert Box detects which printer is connected
automatically, this attribute is used only when the connected printer is
unknown or when the Convert Box is unable to detect it.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Time out
Command Syntax
Meaning
(= Timeout/Serial numeric value)
Set the time (in seconds) on the serial
input port before the box:
- Returns to Autosensing
- Perform an internal reset
The value should be always equal or
greater than the host time out.
(= Timeout/Parallel numeric value)
Set the time (in seconds) on the parallel
output port.
Used when change emulation.
The value should be always equal or
greater than the printer time out
A-8
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Command Syntax
Meaning
(= Device_id #Default)
Set the device identificator to PPL3.
(= Device_id #LA100)
Set the device identificator to LA100.
(= Device_id #LN03plus)
Set the device identificator to LN03plus.
(= Device_id #LQP02)
Set the device identificator to LQP02.
APPENDICES
Device_id
A-9
Specific Conversion Box Commands
Printing DEC PPL3 or PostScript Jobs Alternatively
When DEC PPL3 jobs and PostScript jobs are not separated by a sufficient
idle time, the Convert Box cannot switch from the data conversion mode
to the transparent mode automatically, even if the Autosensing mode is
set. Therefore, prior to each job, it is necessary to set the appropriate mode
by sending software configuration commands according to the job to be
printed.
This section provides examples of strings to be sent to the Convert Box
according to the job to be printed.
Caution
In this application, the PostScript job is forwarded to the
printer through the Convert Box without data conversion.
Therefore, this section applies only to configurations in which
the printer has a PostScript interpreter installed and enabled
through a language sensing setup feature.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Note: In the following strings, spaces appear between the control codes
DCS and ST for clarity, they are not part of the command. Names
have been given to each string as examples so that they can be used
as setup modules in the next section (VMS environment).
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
String to be sent prior to each DEC PPL3 job - (Filename: PPL3.TXT):
ASCII format: DCS 58;1i(= Emulation #PPL3) ST
String to be sent prior to each LN03Plus job - (Filename: LN03.TXT)
ASCII format: DCS 58;1i(= Emulation #LN03plus) ST
String to be sent prior to each PostScript job - (Filename: PS.TXT)
ASCII format: DCS 58;1i(= Emulation #Transparent) ST
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Specific Conversion Box Commands
Sending the Appropriate Sequences in a VMS Environment
The following provides guidelines on two methods of sending the
appropriate sequences via the Convert Box depending on the type of job to
be printed. The two methods involve the setup modules mentioned in the
above section (PPL3.TXT,LN03.TXT and PS.TXT) which must be created
in a device control library using the LIBRARY command. See detailed
information on the VMS commands in the appropriate VMS
documentation.
The two methods are the following:
1. Invoking the Setup modules at the Print command.
2. Defining Separate Print Queues.
Invoking the Setup Modules at the Print Command
Depending on the type of job to be printed, use the following commands
with the setup modules previously defined:
Printing a PPL3 job:
PRINT Filename/SETUP=(PPL3)
Printing a LN03plus job:
PRINT Filename/SETUP=(LN03)
Printing a PostScript job:
PRINT
Filename/SETUP=(PS)
Defining Separate Print Queues
APPENDICES
The principle is to define a separate Print Queue for each type of job, even
if all Print Queues apply to the same physical serial communications port.
Print Queues are specified with the VMS commands
DEFINE/FORM/SETUP and INITIALIZE/QUEUE/DEFAULT. The same
setup modules as in the previous section are used.
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Specific Conversion Box Commands
Setting a Print Queue for PPL3 Jobs
The Form PRT$PPL3 is defined by the command
DEFINE/FORM/SETUP=(PPL3) PRT$PPL3
The Print Queue ConvBox_PPL3 is set by the command
INITIALIZE/QUEUE/ON=print_port/DEFAULT=(FORM=PRT$PPL3)
ConvBox_PPL3
Then each PPL3 job is printed by the command
PRINT/QUEUE=ConvBox_PPL3 Filename
Setting a Print Queue for LN03plus Jobs
The Form PRT$PPL3 is defined by the command
DEFINE/FORM/SETUP=(LN03) PRT$LN03
The Print Queue ConvBox_LN03 is set by the command
INITIALIZE/QUEUE/ON=print_port/DEFAULT=(FORM=PRT$LN03)
ConvBox_LN03
Then each LN03 job is printed by the command
PRINT/QUEUE=ConvBox_LN03 Filename
Setting a Print Queue for PostScript Jobs
The Form PRT$PS is defined by the command
DEFINE/FORM/SETUP=(PS) PRT$PS
The Print Queue ConvBox_PS is set by the command
INITIALIZE/QUEUE/ON=print_port/DEFAULT=(FORM=PRT$PS)
ConvBox_PS
Then each LN03 job is printed by the command
PRINT/QUEUE=ConvBox_PS Filename
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B
Factory Default Configurations
Dipswitch Configuration
The conversion box has two factory default configurations; US and
European. These configurations differ by the paper format setting of
switch #10 (G) only.
The factory default settings are as follows:
A
B
C
D E F G H I
ON
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10 11 12
APPENDICES
For the European versions, switch #10 (G) will be in the off position.
B-1
Factory Default Configurations
Software Configuration
Software configuration is performed using specific conversion box and
Digital ANSI protocol commands. They can override or dynamically
change the dipswitch settings. The factory default settings determined
by these commands are:
Specific Conversion Box Command - Factory Default Configuration
Features
Value
Target Printer
LN17
Emulation
Autosensing (PPL3 / PostScript)
Time out on input serial port
20 seconds
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Time out on output parallel
30 seconds
port
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Image offset (horizontal)
0
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
ImageAAAA
offset (vertical)
0
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
Input AAAA
buffer size
5 Kbytes
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
Horizontal
Print AAAA
Protection
Not setAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Vertical Print Protection
Not set
Font Print Protection
Not set
Device Identificator
PPL3
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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Reset to Factory Default
The factory default configuration can be recovered by sending the
Specific conversion box command Reset «DCS 58 ; 1i (Reset) ST»
from the host.
B-2
Factory Default Configurations
Digital ANSI Protocol Commands - Factory Default Configuration
Features
Value
Vertical Spacing (Lpi)
Font dependent
6.25 for DEC Built-in
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Horizontal Spacing (Cpi)
Font dependent:
- 10 for DEC Built-in US Format
- 10.3 for DEC Built-in A4 Format
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Position
Unit
Mode
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AAAAAAAA
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A Character
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A
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Graphic
Unit
1/720"
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Horizontal Tabulations
Every 8 character
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Vertical Tabulations
Every Line
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LF / New Line
LF
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
CR
/
New
Line
Mode
AAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAA
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A CR
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Character
Set
(G0
=
GL)
US
ASCII
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Character
Set
(G2
=
GR)
DEC
Supplemental
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SGR
(DEC
= Courier
point)
AAAA
AAAA(Font)
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A 10AAAA
AAAABuilt-in
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AAAA
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A
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Lines
Per
Page
66
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Columns per page
80
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Margins (Top / Bottom)
- 1 / 66 (Paper Format = US Letter)
/ 69AAAA
(Paper
Format
= A4)
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A 3AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
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A
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DECOPM
Reset (0.25" from the upper-left edge of
the paper)
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GSS
100
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GSM
-100:100 (Paper Format = US Letter)
-100:83 (Paper Format = A4)
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DECSNC (Number of Copies) 1
Reset to Factory Default
APPENDICES
The features listed above return to factory default configuration when
sending the specific conversion box command Reset «DCS 58; 1i
(Reset) ST» from the host
B-3
Factory Default Configurations
Reset to Power Up default
The power up state of the box for the following features can be
different from the factory default, when they are used along with the
DECFNVR command.
− LF / New Line
− CR / New Line Mode
− Character Set (G0 = GL)
− Character Set (G2 = GR)
− DECSNC (Number of Copies)
This also applies when the RIS and DECSTR reset commands are used.
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Note: For more information about DECFNVR command, see
Chapter 2 - Configuring and Operating.
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B-4
C
Technical Characteristics
Main Characteristics
Interfaces
Input serial (RS 232 type) MMJ6 type
Output parallel (Centronics - bi-directional
Nibble 1284 mode)
Resident Fonts
RAM
Electrical Characteristics
Operating Environment
Certification
Physical Characteristics
DEC PPL3/ LN03plus
- Built-in family
- Courier family
- Courier 10 pts, 10 pitch
- Courier 10 pts, 10.3 pitch
- Elite family
- Elite 10 pts, 12 pitch
- Modern Gothic, 14 pts, 8 pitch
10 Kbytes
AC/DC adapter
AC input voltage:
- 110/120 V / 60 Hz (US version)
- 220/240 V / 50 Hz (European version)
- Temperature: 15 to 35°C
- Relative Humidity: 15% / 85%
- Electromagnetic Compatibility: FCC
class B
- CE Mark
Conversion Box
AC/DC Adapter
- Height: 2.4 cm
- Weight: 300 g
- Width: 9.5 cm
- Depth: 7.55 cm
- Weight: 125 g
APPENDICES
Supported Emulation
C-1
Technical Characteristics
Character Set List
• US ASCII
• DEC Supplemental
• DEC Technical
• VT100 Line Drawing (DEC Special Graphics)
• National Replacement Character Sets (NRC sets):
− British
− Dutch
− Finnish
− French
− French Canadian
− German
− Italian
− JIS Roman
− Norway/Danish
− Spanish
− Swedish
− Swiss
− ISO Norway/Danish
− ISO Latin 1 Supplemental
− Legal
− Hebrew character sets:
DEC 7-bit Hebrew
DEC Hebrew supplemental
ISO Latin Hebrew supplemental
C-2
Technical Characteristics
Conversion Box Interfaces
Parallel Interface
The conversion box can be directly connected to the parallel input port
of the target printer, or through the flat cable delivered in the kit.
Characteristics
Compatibility
CENTRONICS
CMOS
8 bits
TTL-compatible
Amphenol 36 pins (male)
Circuit Logics
Data Format
Logic Voltage Levels
Connector
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36
APPENDICES
Parallel Interface Pin Assignment
C-3
Technical Characteristics
The following table details the signal to pin assignment for the
interface and the direction of the signal.
Pin Assignment
AA
A
AA
AA
AA Signal Direction
AA
A Signal Description
AA
A
AA
AA
1
AA To printer
STROBE
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AA
AA
AA DATA 0-7
AA To printer
2-9
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
A
AA
AA ACKNOWLEDGE
10
AA From printer
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA BUSY
AA From printer
11
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA
A
AA
PAPER
EMPTY
12AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
From
AAAA
AAAA
AAAAprinter
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA
A
SELECT
13
AA From printer
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA AUTOFEED (host busy)
AA To printer
14
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
A
AA
GROUND
16AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
-- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAA
AA
AAAA
A LOGIC
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA
AA CHASSIS GROUND
17
AA -AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA
AA + 5 Volts
AA From printer
18
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AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
A
AA
AA SIGNAL GROUND
19-30
AA -AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA
AA
AA To printer
31
INIT
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
AA From printer
A ERROR
32
AAAA
AA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAA
AAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAA
AA
AA
AA
AA LOGIC GROUND
33
-AA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
A
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AA
A SELECT-IN
AA
AA
36
AA To printer
Pin
C-4
Technical Characteristics
Serial Interface
The serial communication port is a 6 pin modular MMJ, RS232
standard interface. The serial cable must be a Digital connect cabling
system with snap-in connector and a flat 6 conductor cable.
1
2
3
4
5
6
Serial Interface Pin Assignment
The following table details the signal to pin assignment for the
interface and the direction of the signal.
Pin Assignments
Pin
Signal Direction
Signal Description
APPENDICES
DTR
1 AAAAAAAA
AAAA
AA
From
AAAA
AAAA
AAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAA
AAAAAA
AAAA
AAAAbox
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAA
AAAAAAA
A
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA
AAAA
TRANSMIT
2
From box
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
GROUND
3
-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
BUSY
4
-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
RECEIVE
5
To
box
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
DSR
6
To box
C-5
Technical Characteristics
Configuration Printout
The configuration printout can be used to show you the default settings
or if you have changed the configuration of the box, it will show you
the current configuration. The printout will show:
− Firmware revision level
− Dipswitch setting
− Software setting
− Digital ANSI protocol commands settings
To run the configuration printout, press the button once.
TM
CONFIGURATION SHEET
Revision Level V2.O
Dipswitch Settings
ON
OFF
1
Baud Rate : 1
300
600
1200
2400
Autowrap :
2
3
4800
9600
19200
38400
8
OFF
ON
2
3
4
Data bits :
5
6
7 bits
8 bits
Hexdump :
9
7
8
9
10
Parity :
4
11
5
12
Buffer Control :
6
Disable
Enable Odd
Enable Even
Paper :
OFF
ON
10
PPL3/LN03plus :
A4
US
PPL3
LN03plus
11
Autosensing/Trans. :
Autosensing mode
Tranparent mode
Setup
General
Target Printer
Emulation
Time Out / Input Serial Interface
Time Out / Ouput Parallel Interface
Input Buffer Size
Image Offset, Horizontal Value
Image Offset, Vertical Value
Horizontal Printing Protection
Vertical Printing Protection
Font Printing Protection
Device ID
LN17
Autosensing
100 seconds
30 seconds
5.0 Kbytes
0.0 Millimeters
0.0 Millimeters
ON
OFF
OFF
Default
Digital Ansi
Line Feed Mode
Carriage Return Mode
Character Set
Number of Copies
LF
CR
GO
G2
1
=
=
=
=
LF
CR
US Ascii
DEC Supplemental
Configuration Printout
C-6
7
Busy / Ready
Xon / XOff
12
Technical Characteristics
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Note: In the Configuration Sheet, the target printer listed under the
General title is identified by the Convert Box automatically. In
case the Convert Box is not able to identify which printer is
connected to the parallel port, the tag “(Not Identified)” is
printed next to the Target Printer name which is defined by
default. The Convert Box is not able to identify the connected
printer when the printer is unknown, or when the printer is not
able to provide an identifier string according to the IEEE 1284
Nibble mode.
APPENDICES
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C-7
Technical Characteristics
Fonts List Printout
The printout will show:
− Resident fonts
− Down line loaded fonts
To run the font lists printout, press the button twice in a row.
TM
Convert Box for DEClaser
FONT LIST
Revision Level Vl.O
•— DBULTNl •DBULTNlJ02SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlJ02SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlJ02SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlJ02SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTN1202SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTN1202SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTN1202SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTN1202SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlL02SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlL02SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlL02SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNlL02SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNllOlVKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNllOlVKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNllOlVKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DBULTNllOlVKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
•— RCOURIR •RCOURIRJ02SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIRJ02SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIRJ02SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIRJ02SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIR202SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIR202SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIR202SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
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RCOURIRlOlVKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIRlOlVKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
RCOURIRlOlVKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
•— RELITEO •RELITEOL02SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
RELITEOL02SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
RELITEOL02SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
RELITEOL02SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
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DOOOOOOJ02SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOJ02SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOJ02SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
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D000000202SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
D000000202SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
D000000202SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOL02SKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOL02SKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOL02SKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOL02SKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOlOlVKOOGGOOOlUZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOlOlVKOOGGOOOlOZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOlOlVKOOGGOOOlCZZZZ02FOOO
DOOOOOOlOlVKOOGGOOOlQZZZZ02FOOO
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C-8
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Index
Index
A
AC/DC adapter vi, 1-2
Autosensing capabilities vi
Autosensing mode viii
B
Bi-directional Communications
Transparent Mode vii
Button Functions 1-10
C
Character Set List C-2
Command_n
Buffer size commands A-6
command List A-6
Device_id commands A-9
Emulation commands A-7
operator parameters A-3
Printer commands A-8
syntax A-2
Time out commands A-8
type family parameters A-4
usage conventions A-2
Configuration
dipswitches 2-2
software 2-7
Configuring
autowrap mode 2-3
conversion Box 2-1
hexdump mode 2-4
paper format/size 2-4
serial communications
parameters 2-3
Connecting procedure 1-7
Connection
problems 3-2
Conversion Box
configuring 2-1
connecting 1-7
description 1-2
dipswitch settings 2-2
features vi
installing 1-3
Interfaces C-3
internal tests 1-9
main characteristics C-1
pre-installation checklist 1-3
resetting 3-1
Serial interface C-5
supported printers 4-1
unpacking 1-1
Convert Box and Printer
Settings 1-5
Index-1
D
I
Data Conversion Mode vii
DCPS
DECprint Supervisor vi
DECFNVR
about 2-8
DECLaser 3500 parameters 4-4
DECLaser 5100 parameters 4-5
Default
Conversion box specific
commands B-2
Digital ANSI commands B-3
Digital ANSI Configuration
Command 2-8
Digital Services 3-5
Dipswitch
configuring 2-2
Dipswitch Settings
autowrap mode 2-3
hexdump mode 2-4
paper format 2-4
serial communications
parameters 2-3
Installation
checklist 1-3
problems 3-2
procedure 1-3
Interface
parallel - pin assignments C-3
parallel characteristics C-3
Serial - pin assignments C-5
Internal Tests 1-9
configuration printout C-6
font list printout C-8
F
Factory Defaults
hardware B-1
resetting B-2
software B-2
H
hardware
dipswitches 2-2
Hex Dump mode viii
P
Paper format/size 2-4
Parallel Interface C-3
Parameters
LN17 4-2
DECLaser 3500 4-4
DECLaser 5100 4-5
PJL
Printer Job Language vi
PostScript Jobs A-9
Power on and Testing 1-9
Printers
configuration parameters 4-1
LN17 parameters 4-2
DECLaser 3500 parameters 4-4
DECLaser 5100 parameters 4-5
supported 4-1
Printing
configuration printout C-6
font lists C-8
problems 3-3
R
Resetting to factory settings
reset command B-6
Index-2
T
Serial Communication Default
Settings 1-4
Serial Interface C-5
Setting
autowrap mode 2-3
hexdump mode 2-4
paper format 2-4
serial communications
parameters 2-3
Setting Autosensing or Transparent
Mode 2-5
Setting PPL3 or LN03plus
Mode 2-5
Software Commands
Digital ANSI protocol
commands 2-8
specific box commands 2-7
Software Configuration 2-7
Specific Box Commands 2-7, A-1
Buffer size commands A-6
command_n syntax A-2
commands list A-6
conventions A-2
Device_id commands A-9
Emulation commands A-7
general rules A-1
Printer commands A-8
Time out commands A-8
Supported
printers 4-1
Target Printer Detection vii
Technical Characteristics C-1
Transparent Mode for Job
Control vi
Troubleshooting
connection problems 3-2
installation problems 3-2
printing problems 3-3
resetting the box 3-1
U
Unpacking the box 1-1
Using the Reset Operator A-6
V
VMS Environment A-10
Index-3
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