Thursday, April 06, 2006

Old programs and new printers

For anyone out there with kids, you may be like me and find really neat older computer programs for the kids to play.

That happened to us. My boy had a program called Blue's Clues Kindergarten. It's a really cool program that he likes to play. As you finish activities, you get pages that you can print and continue learning off the computer as well.

My boy went to print and he couldn't. The program said there wasn't a printer attached to the computer.

My guess was that since the printer is a new USB printer, and the game was probably written for LPT printers. So, how can he print on this newer printer.

After some Googling, and some trial and errors, I found the answer and wanted to share with you.

  1. Open Printers and Faxes
  2. Right click your printer, and click on properties
  3. Click on the port tab
  4. Click the check box next to "Enable printer spooling"
  5. Make sure the check box that your printer is connected to is check, then scroll up and also click on the LPT1: check box and hit OK.

That's it. Start your old application, and print your merry little heart out.
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