FAQ: MicroVib II Direct Printing
Why should I print directly from my MicroVib II Aircraft Analyzer?
Many customers performing "on the wing" Balancing, Tracking or Vibration Analysis would like to print their results in the field using one of today's small, lightweight and high performance portable printers. In cases like these, direct printing is simple, fast and can be accomplished without access to a personal computer.
What printer drivers are supplied with the MicroVib II Aircraft Analyzer?
The MicroVib II was designed to support a wide variety of printers and therefore contains a printer driver menu from which the operator can choose the driver that best suits his/her printer. With MicroVib II firmware version v1.1X the following printer drivers are selectable:
- IBM Pro Printer (X24E) - For use with printers that emulate IBM Pro Printer. Examples of printers supported by this driver:
- Epson LQ Mode (LQ-510) - For use with printers that emulate Epson LQ-510. LQ stands for Letter Quality. Examples of printers supported by this driver:
- Kodak Diconix (DI-150) - For use with printers that emulate Kodak Diconix 150 printers. Examples of printers supported by this driver:
- HP DeskJet (PCL3) - For use with black and white or color printers that utilize HP PCL3. Examples of printers supported by this driver:
- HP LaserJet (PCL5) - For use with printers that utilize HP PCL5. Examples of printers supported by this driver:
What printer interfaces are compatible with the MicroVib II Aircraft Analyzer?
The MicroVib II can interface with printers which use a parallel "Centronics" interface connector. In order to connect to this type of connector, the following interface items must be used with the MicroVib II.
What portable printers can I use with the MicroVib II?
The following portable printers have been tested with the indicated MicroVib II printer driver(s):
These portable printers are expected to be compatible with the indicated MicroVib II printer driver, but have not been tested by DSS:
Can I print directly from the MicroVib II to desktop printers?
Of course you can! The MicroVib II can also be used with many desktop printers. Here are just a few of the desktop printers that DSS has tested the MicroVib II with:
Can I use the MicroVib II to print directly to my WinPrinter?
Some low cost printers are not supplied with internal fonts and contain very simple electronics permitting them only to process raster information (bitmaps). These printers are sometimes referred to as "WinPrinters" because they must be used in conjunction with a complex Windows printer driver which converts the document fonts, formatting and graphics into a bitmap image which is then sent to the printer. These printers are not compatible with the drivers supplied with the MicroVib II.
The following printers only support raster operations (according to manufacturer documentation) and are therefore incompatible with the MicroVib II:
What about printing with the MicroBase System?
The printer driver information listed above has no effect when printing from the MicroBase System. Since the MicroBase System is a Microsoft Windows application program, it can print to any printer for which a Windows compatible printer driver has been installed.
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