Midrange News for the IBM i Community

Posted by: Viking
Information Systems
6400 Printer via Parallel?
has no ratings.
Published: 30 Nov 2011
Revised: 23 Jan 2013 - 3164 days ago
Last viewed on: 22 Sep 2021 (5459 views) 

Using IBM i? Need to create Excel, CSV, HTML, JSON, PDF, SPOOL reports? Learn more about the fastest and least expensive tool for the job: SQL iQuery.

6400 Printer via Parallel? Published by: Viking on 30 Nov 2011 view comments(2)

Is it possible to configure an iSeries Access printer emulation session which supports IPDS?† Weíre trying to get an old 6400-012 line printer†to serve as an emergency backup printer and print via parallel port (because it's Twinax and we're now on a Power 7 which doesn't support Twinax)†but when we try to create a printer emulation session the device that gets created is a 3812, not an *IPDS device.† If we try to create the device description first the session canít connect saying the device is the wrong type.† If we try to create the device description first with a class of *VRT, type of *IPDS, model 0, and set the MFGTYPMDL to *IBM6400 we get the same error.† Even if we donít set the MFGTYPMDL.† Are we trying to do something impossible or just doing something wrong?

Return to midrangenews.com home page.
Sort Ascend | Descend


(Sign in to Post a Comment)
Posted by: DaleB
Premium member *
Reading, PA
Comment on: 6400 Printer via Parallel?
Posted: 9 years 9 months 23 days 2 hours 8 minutes ago

Haven't tried what you're describing, but there are other options. You should still be able to find LAN attached twinax controllers. We had one from Perle that worked great for years, and the only thing attached was a printer. Auto-configured as a remote workstation controller.

Posted by: Viking
Premium member *
Comment on: 6400 Printer via Parallel?
Posted: 9 years 9 months 22 days 22 hours 35 minutes ago

Dale, BOS makes a controller, but it costs about $1000, and that seems like a lot to spend to keep outdated technology alive...† but if there aren't cheaper alternatives, then $1000 is still less than buying a new line printer, so I will consider that if I have to.