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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:01 am 

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Hi Everyone

I have got a megger pat 4 DV/3 and would like to print bar-code and pass labels but the bar code printers are very rare and expensive.

I have attached a Epson printer t88iii receipt printer but all i get out is a load of gibberish
and occasionally one line of the same gibberish

Richard do you know if any one else uses different printers and if so what cable out puts and setting etc

Thanks Folks
For any input most welcome

PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:56 pm 
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Hi Patmadd

Its been a very long time since I've done any direct printing from a Pat4DV/3 and then it was using the parallel port direct to an old dot matrix printer.

The Epson T88iii almost certainly uses ESC/POS (Sequences of characters proceeded by the ESC character) in order to tell the printer what to do. I would be suprised if the Megger had these inbuilt in order to drive this specific printer correctly.

Although I have done alot of work on the PAT4 since 1998 I have never seen anyone use a printer with it. Apparently there was an M863 thermal? printer which connected via a Parallel adapter to Serial RS-232 (not sure how available and how much one of these cost?) perhaps worth keeping an eye out on auction sites?

We have a free android and ios app which you could use to print labels (barcode in code 39 format) which could be scanned by the Megger PAT4 but you would have to enter the same asset id in the tester as well as the app. If you are not downloading the Megger PAT4 data to software then this might be useful?

Sorry I cant shed more light on the subject, maybe someone on here has had more experience of label printers with this machine?

Regards, Richard.

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