Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

HP GL/2 not working on Deskjet printers

HP GL/2 not working on Deskjet printers

HP GL/2 not working on Deskjet printers

I have various HP Laserjet printers that work fine when entering HP GL/2 printing simple lines and fonts, but the same jobs that are sent to Deskjet 5550 and 930C printers do not interpret the HP GL/2 and just print the instructions.

We've tried different drivers on the Deskjet 5550 but have not been successful.

Any ideas?

RE: HP GL/2 not working on Deskjet printers

In all likelihood these are PCL3 printers and do NOT support HP-GL/2. This is definitely the case with the 9xx series. I'm not familiar with the 5550.

Only PCL5 printers support HP-GL/2. AFAIK, the only deskjets that are PCL5 are called "business inkjets";e.g., the 2250, 2280, 2300 etc.

There may be business inkjets out there today that do not support PCL5. I don't know. Examine the specifications very carefully.

PCL6 does NOT support HP-GL/2.

Jim Asman

RE: HP GL/2 not working on Deskjet printers


I agree with all you say; just to clarify the PCL6 position (slightly off-topic, I know); you state:

>> "PCL6 does NOT support HP-GL/2"

Quite correct - but it doesn't need to, since PCL6 (unlike native PCL5) provides all of the features (e.g. drawing of vector objects like ellipses) natively.
[This is as far as I'm aware - but then I'm not overly familiar with all of the HP-GL/2 features].


RE: HP GL/2 not working on Deskjet printers

Hi Chris,

I only mentioned PCL6 in case he assumed that it was backwards compatible with PCL5.

My interpretation of the original post was that there was no printer driver in play at all.

Anyway, keep up the good work. Regards to Dan. winky smile

Jim Asman

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close