How to print with dosbox

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How to print with dosbox
DOSBox is an MS-DOS imitator that may need modifications for printing. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

DOSBox is a freeware program that emulates DOS, or Disk Operating System. DOS is a 16-bit, single operator system that was designed by Microsoft in 1981 to run on IBM's line of v86 computers. While DOS shares similarities with Unix, it does not support multitasking and is now virtually extinct. DOSBox allows users to run older programs; it uses a Simple Direct Media Layer, or SDL, library, and can be ported for many different platforms.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP
  • USB or local port printer

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  1. 1

    Check to see if the printer is local and connected to a parallel port or networked. Complete only Step 5 if it is networked, and no modifications are necessary for a local printer connected through a parallel port.

  2. 2

    Click the "Start" menu and select "Settings." Right-click on the printer's icon and select "Properties."

  3. 3

    Select the "Sharing" tab on the property page. Click on the "Share this printer" radio button.

  4. 4

    Type a name for the printer in the box titled "Share name." Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Find the computer name in Windows 2000 by right-clicking on "My Computer" on the desktop and select the "Manage" option. Right-click on the root management tree in the left side of the Local Computer Management window, select "Properties," and choose the "Network Identification" tab. Find the computer name for Windows XP using the same steps but select "Computer Name" instead of the Network Identification tab.

  6. 6

    Click "Start," select "Programs," choose "Accessories" and click "Command Prompt." Type "key: net use lpt1: \computername\printersharename /persistent:yes," but replace "computername" with the computer name you found in Step 5 and "printersharename" with the shared printer name you entered in Step 4.

  7. 7

    Press "Enter" to make the link consistent between the computer and the printer. Follow your computer's instructions for printing your file or document.

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