I have to admit that I'm not the plotter expert! But thankfully I have some colleagues here who do know something...
We have two suggestions for you:
1. Some plotters (especially older ones) need to be installed via LPR. Information is provided on our blog about this:
2. You could try using the HP Universal Drivers -- PCL 5 or PCL 6
Hope this helps.
Hello, thank you very much for responding.
I tried this morning the PCL5 und PCL6 drivers (universal... from homepage HP). The AutoCAD-Plot-Add-Wizzard is now working with it, but the plotter cannot read the format. After printing the plotter shows: wrong format. And no plot is done.
The idea with LPR i try next week and i will inform you about success.
why don't you simply use one of the HPGL drivers embedded in Autocad, instead of installing an external one as system printer?
Native HPGL2 driver are limited to HP750C+ and 36 inch, no 42 inch available.
I've had same problem but on HP800 connected to a computer running XP. The only solution I've found to connect Win7 64bit is to add a local port LPT3, install plotter as local plotter to this port, and add a .BAT executed when opening a session
NET USE LPT3 \\SERVEUR\HPXXX
The other problem is HP800 driver exists (and works on Windows) but don't work on AutoCAD 2012 64bit, so I've used HP4000 Driver which work well on old HP Plotter and perhaps for Z6100.
Nice one, Olivier, but... what about creating:
New port => Local port => \\SERVEUR\HPXXX
without setting any LPTx, nor running any .BAT files?
Moreover, did you try to connect normally to HP STANDARD TCP/IP port..?
I don't know it was possible to create a local port with UNC syntax, I've used LPTx with DOS client connected to NT4 domain, and I've never search more.
I can't connect to IP Port because the plotter wasn't connected to network, only by USB on a XP Pro Workstation, and my customer doesn't want to change anything.
Are you saying that your customer bought a plotter with an expensive HP Jetdirect Ethernet interface, but it prefers to downgrade it as a "poor" desk printer?
Well, it's hard to believe, but, as we say in Italy: "The world is beautiful, 'cause it is varied"...
HP4000 Driver is working. Thank you very much for the idea. But the colors are not like the original. so i was looking for an other sulution: and i got one: working fine with W2008-R2-Server (containing the 64-bit Server-Driver from the HP-Homepage) as Plottserver.
For HP4000, in the driver, default option for colour management is bad for AutoCAD because yellow appears green, and blue is light magenta. You can optimise that, but you have found an other solution, cool.
For Antonio, you can believe, I've seen too much incredible things. I've had a customer who wasn't connected to Internet until 3 years ago. He had a Windows NT4 workstation with Acad 2000 (bougth in 1999 and never update until 2010), no network, no plotter. He burned a CD and walked to the reprography shop every time he had a plot larger than A3 size to print...
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