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Well I managed to fit the whole question in the title.

My printer does not have Win98 support. Is there a way to print to a printer on the host that does not support windows 98?

I am using virtualbox on a Win XP machine. I can change to any other vm program but Win98 is a must for my task.

Any thoughts or simple workarounds BESIDES .pdf printer? I know how to get files off of the vm. I would just like to be able to press print.

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i assume you tried setting your printer as network printer? –  Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Apr 6 '13 at 21:11
    
first method I tried –  user213584 Apr 6 '13 at 21:30
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setup a file sharing using IP addresses and then just copy and paste your PDF files into there. Goto non-virtual computer and open and print them. –  cybernard Apr 6 '13 at 21:41
    
That worked for me. And I was also able to get shared clipboard to work as well. So I have plenty of solutions to my problem. If you want to submit your answer so I can accept it cybernard. –  user213584 Apr 8 '13 at 6:27

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setup a file sharing using IP addresses and then just copy and paste your PDF files into there. Goto non-virtual computer and open and print them.

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Thank you for answers. –  user213584 Apr 9 '13 at 6:07

When you choose the printer driver on the 98 VM, if your printer supports it, you just need to select the Generic / Text Only driver. This driver just sends the ASCII down the wire + some control codes and lets the printer's internal logic handle the rest.

I don't have a screenshot of it in 98 but the UI for the driver selection screen has not changed much and here is what it looks like in 7.

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On my quest for search for a better screenshot I found a good article explaining how to set up the Text Only driver. (I discovered in the article the manufacture will be Microsoft not Generic for the driver in windows 98)

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This has worked for me in the past, But the printers we have there would not work with that setup. I have finally got it working at an acceptable level for my customer. And I am so happy I am done with it. I am very sorry I had to hit you guys with win 98 stuff... (money talks b.s. walks, had to do the job!) Thank you for answer –  user213584 Apr 9 '13 at 6:05

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