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PPD file isn't listed when you install a printer (AdobePS 4.2-5.0 on Windows)

Issue

When you install a printer using the AdobePS 4.2.x or later setup utility, the AdobePS 5.0 for Windows NT setup utility, or the Adobe Universal PostScript Windows Driver installer, a PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file for the printer doesn't appear in the Install PostScript Printer from PPD dialog box.

Detail

The PPD file is a PostScript Level 1 PPD file. (To determine the PostScript level of a PPD file, see Background information.)

Solutions

Do one of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Install the AdobePS 4.1.x or Microsoft 4.0 printer driver (Windows 98 and 95) or the Microsoft 4.00 printer driver (Windows NT).

If the printer is a Level 1 printer, install either the AdobePS 4.1.x or Microsoft 4.0 printer driver for Windows 98 and 95, or the Microsoft 4.00 printer driver for Windows NT. For information about obtaining either driver, see Background information.

Solution 2: Use a Level 2 or 3 PPD file.

If the printer is a Level 2 or 3 printer, contact the printer's manufacturer to obtain a Level 2 or 3 PPD file.

Background information

The PostScript level of a printer determines the version of PostScript the printer can interpret. The AdobePS 4.2.x driver for Windows 98 and 95, and the AdobePS 5.0 driver for Windows NT, and the Adobe Universal PostScript Windows Driver installer, which includes the most recent drivers for Windows 2000, Me, NT, 98, and 95, support only PostScript Level 2 and Level 3 printers. If the printer is a Level 1 printer, it won't appear during installation. Similarly, a Level 2 printer won't appear if the PPD file you use with it contains only Level 1 information.

The AdobePS 4.1 and the Microsoft 4.0 printer drivers for Windows 95 support Level 1 and Level 2 PostScript printers. AdobePS 4.1.x is available on some older Adobe application CD-ROMs.

You can install the Microsoft 4.0 driver for Windows 95 or the Microsoft 4.00 driver for Windows NT by running the Add Printer wizard in the Printers utility in the Windows Control Panel. The Add Printer wizard may prompt you to insert your Windows CD-ROM during the installation.

PostScript printer drivers use PPD files to obtain information about a printer (for example, available memory, resolution, paper trays, ROM-resident fonts). Printer manufacturers develop the PPD files for their printers, which they usually distribute on a disk with the printer.

To determine the PostScript level of a PPD file:

1. Open the PPD file in a text editing application (for example, WordPad, Microsoft Word).

2. Locate the "*Language Level:" line, which indicates the PostScript level of the PPD file. For example,

*LanguageLevel: "1"


Related Documents

Document 328537
Last edited - 02/14/2005

 

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