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HP LaserJet 5 Family Printer - DOS Drivers and Utilities Disk Overview

DOS utilities and drivers overview

The HP LaserJet 5P, 5L, 5, 5M, and 5N printers ship with a "HP LaserJet DOS Utilities and DOS Printer Drivers" disk that contains the following DOS utilities, DOS printer drivers, and undocumented utilities.

DOS utilities

  • Remote Control Panel - Lets you view and change the printer’s default settings from the computer.

  • Status Monitor - A terminate and stay resident (TSR) program that runs in the background and automatically displays messages from the printer on the computer’s screen (e.g. "out of paper").

  • Symset Utility - Allows you to print pages that display the characters contained in various symbol sets.

    NOTE: The DOS printer utilities are not required to print, but they provide additional benefits when printing to an HP LaserJet 5 family printer.

    Most current software packages will override the settings made by the Remote Control Panel. If the software has an HP LaserJet printer driver, use settings in the software menus to control the printer, rather than the Remote Control Panel. Questions regarding how to select software settings should be directed to the software vendor.

DOS printer drivers

The DOS printer drivers included on the disk support only the versions of software listed below. Customers can contact their software vendor for upgrade information.

  • The DOS Utilities and Printer Drivers disk contains the LaserJet 4 Plus driver for Lotus (R) 1-2-3 (R) v 2.3/2.4 and 3.1/3.4, in lieu of a specific HP LaserJet 5 family printer driver.

For installation instructions, see the README file that comes with each driver.

NOTE: Contact the software vendor regarding driver availability for applications not listed above.

If a printer driver is not available for a software application, you can use an older HP LaserJet printer driver (such as a driver for the HP LaserJet 4 Plus) until a new printer driver may become available; however, you may not be able to access the advanced features of the printer.

Undocumented utilities

In addition to the above, the "DOS Utilities and DOS Printer Drivers" disk contains the following undocumented utilities:

DEFAULTS.PJL file

ASCII "template" file containing PJL commands for the following printer power-on defaults.

COPIES=1
PCL FONTSOURCE=I
ORIENTATION=PORTRAIT
PCL FONTNUMBER=0
PAPER=LETTER
ECONOMODE=OFF
MPTRAY=FIRST
DENSITY=3
MANUALFEED=OFF
RET=MEDIUM
FORMLINES=60
RESOLUTION=600
PCL SYMSET=PC8
PAGEPROTECT=AUTO
PCL PITCH= 10.00
AUTOCONT=OFF
IMEOUT=15

If the printer is unable to establish bidirectional communication (e.g. if it is connected to a network), this file can be copied to the printer to reset it to default conditions. To copy the file, type:

COPY /B DEFAULTS.PJL LPT1

You can also make a copy of the file and modify it with other defaults, as required (e.g. PAPER=A4 outside the U.S.).

NOTE: The Remote Control Panel is the preferred method to change printer defaults.

FORMFEED file

ASCII file containing a printer form feed and UEL command. It can be copied to the printer to complete the print process (print and eject the page) of screen prints or other data in printer memory. To copy the file, type:

COPY /B FORMFEED LPT1

SETUP.PRN file

ASCII file containing PCL commands to set up the printer as follows:

1 copy
Fixed spacing
Portrait orientation
10 pitch
18/48ths of an inch between rows
Upright style
60 lines per page
Medium weight
PC 850 symbol set
Courier typeface

SETUP.PRN can be copied to the printer by typing:

COPY /B SETUP.PRN LPT1

You can also make a copy of the file and modify it with other defaults, as required.

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System requirements

Minimum system requirements to install the DOS Utilities are:

  • DOS v 3.1 or higher.

  • 450 KB available RAM.

  • EGA or better monitor for graphics. CGA monitors will also work, but won’t display graphics.

  • 1169000 bytes of free hard disk space.

  • 5 inch high-density disk drive.

  • 286 CPU or greater.

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Installing the DOS utilities and printer drivers

To install either the DOS printer drivers or the DOS utilities or both, follow these steps:

  1. Be sure that your HP LaserJet printer and cables are set up and connected to your PC according to the instructions in your HP LaserJet Printer User's Manual.

  2. Make sure that your printer is plugged in and ready to print.

  3. Insert the HP LaserJet DOS Utilities disk into your flexible disk drive (usually A: or B:).

  4. At the DOS prompt, switch to the drive where the HP LaserJet DOS Utilities disk is located (for example, A:). Note that if you are running Windows, you must completely exit Windows before you install the DOS printing software.

  5. At the DOS prompt, type SETUP and press the ENTER key.

    NOTE: The README.TXT file that comes on the DOS Utilities and DOS Printer incorrectly says to type INSTLJ to start the installation program.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen. Note the name of the directory that the DOS utilities are installed into (the default is \HPLJUTIL). Some of the DOS utilities may need to be run from this directory.

Once you have installed the DOS printer drivers or DOS utilities, you can run the installation program again with the following command:

At the DOS prompt, type SETUP and press the ENTER key.

For information on using the DOS printer drivers, refer to the installation notes included with each printer driver and also to your software application's documentation.

For information on starting and using the DOS utilities, refer to the following sections and the Help module within each utility.

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Starting the Status Monitor

The Status Monitor is a "terminate-and-stay-resident" (TSR) program that runs in the background and automatically displays messages from the printer on your computer screen whenever the printer's status changes (for example, "out of paper").

During the DOS utilities installation, if you choose to modify your autoexec.bat file, the Status Monitor will be loaded into memory each time you start your computer. If you choose not to modify your autoexec.bat file, you can load the Status Monitor into memory at any time with the following command:

At the DOS prompt, type STAT and press the ENTER key.

When the Status Monitor is loaded into memory, it will automatically monitor your printer for messages. You can bring up the Status Monitor's main menu with either of the following commands:

Use the "hot key" combination by pressing all hot keys at the same time. The default is CTRL+ALT+E.

-or-

At the DOS prompt, type STAT and press the ENTER key.

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Starting the Remote Control Panel

The Remote Control Panel allows you to view and modify the printer's default settings from your computer. This is useful if you are running DOS software applications that do not support some or all of the printer features that you need.

Once you have installed the DOS utilities, you can start the Remote Control Panel with the following command:

At the DOS prompt, type RCP and press the ENTER key.

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