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Exclamation DRIVER NEEDED: IBM IBM Proprinter (Windows Vista) [USB]

I've got an old DOS application my company is still supporting that was written to print to dot matrix printers. However, these days, no one wants to go buy an old dot matrix printer.

I've figured out the "net use" trick to map the DOS LPT1 port to a network printer. But, the problem is there's one report from this old program that uses a single common control code back from the dot matrix days.

At the beginning of this one report, the program sends out a $3, which apparently told these old printers to print in landscape mode instead of the regular portrait. My understanding is that the program only used this one control code because it was used by all the control code specifications back then. It was common enough, they could use it, and not require clients to purchase a specific printer.

I've seen where some printers will still emulate an old IBM Proprinter (or the Epson standard that was popular back then). But, what I'm hoping for is a software driver that will do something like read the raw text being sent to the printer, interpret any control codes, apply them in whatever new way there is to send these control codes to the printer, and then send the RAW text to the printer.

Does something like this exist?

Support Information:
Device Type: Printer / Plotter / Multi-Office
Manufacturer: IBM
Model: IBM Proprinter
Interface: USB
Operating System: Windows Vista
Age of Device: < 2 years old

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