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12-10-2009 01:27 AM
Originally I used my psc 1315 with win98se ... and it was great.
Example: using paint.exe (win98se's paint program) if I drew a square that was 96x96 (pixels) then it would print a square that was exactly 1 inch by 1 inch.
I recently had to move to winXP. I've noticed that he same 96x96 pixel square now results in a printout of a RECTANGLE that measures 15/16 inch wide by 14/16 of an inch tall. (nearly a full 1/16th of an inch off in the wide vs tall length).
As best as I can tell, it isn't a problem with windows paint. Its either a driver issue or related to how printer setup options are handled in XP.
Example: win98se doesn't have these options in the printer setup:
horizontal [ ]
vertical [ ]
adjust to fit : [100%] normal size
fit to : [ ] by [ ] pages
If I print with the CENTERING: horzizontal and vertical options checked, I still get the off-sized 15/16" wide x 14/16" tall rectangle. I think the main issue is the SCALING option. Somehow its very existance alters the output (even when set to 100%, which should result in a "print it as it is, do not alter it any" type result).
Windows XP reports the printer as "1310 series" ... I seem to recall win98se showing it exactly as a "PSC 1315 all-in-one" (but I can't be sure of that).
If anyone knows how to trick XP into using the old win98se drivers, or to disable the SCALING option I'd appreciate it.
12-10-2009 02:05 AM
Small explanation: see, I design cut-and-fold paper models. Precision is required if the parts are to print out right so that the resulting boxes/shapes form up nicely.
So doing a 1-inch cube required 6 squares (each drawn at 96x96 pixels)
After manually re-drawing the lines in paint, I managed to find that the new sizing is 102 pixels wide by 108 pixels tall (to get a 1 inch by 1 inch square).
Its both odd and annoying. I mean when it was 96 pixels by 96 pixels (in win98se's paint) it was easy to do any shape I wanted. If I wanted a 1/4inch square it was a nice 24x24 pixels. Yet now I've got to do TWO VERSIONS of all my work... one which uses proper squares (96x96) for people to print from, and a seperate manually recalculated/stretched version for my own test-construction of the model (otherwise when I cut it out and try to form it up it .
The problem isn't XP's paint program. I used the start>run command and pointed it to the still-existing paint program from my old win98se directory and it loaded fine and printed up off-size too... so it has to be how the printer driver works in XP.
12-10-2009 02:31 AM
might not be the driver in a way... seems if I change screen resolution the resulting print size changes too...
Never had this problem in win98se... though I always heard XP had some "strange bugs".
screen set to: 1280 x 1024
96x96 pixel square prints as 15/16 inch wide by 14/16 inch tall (square ends up slightly off)
screen set to: 1280 x 960
96x96 pixel square prints as 15/16 inch wide by 15/16 inch tall (actual square when print-out measured!)