Frequently asked questions about printer issues in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 or in Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0


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This article describes frequently asked questions about printer issues in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 or Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0.

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Q1. What are some general tips for troubleshooting printer issues?
A1 To troubleshoot printer issues, there are multiple tips that you can try:
  • Try to print from a sample company, such as Fabrikam, Inc.
  • If a report was changed, you can do the following:
    • Try to remove security from the modified version, and then print the default report.
    • Try to move or rename the Reports.dic file. 
    • Reinstall the print driver because the print driver may be damaged. You can try both a newer version and an older version of the driver.
  • Re-create the Reports.dic file. For more information about how to re-create the Reports.dic file in Microsoft Dynamics GP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

    850465 How to re-create the Reports.dic file in Microsoft Dynamics GP

  • If you are using a Post Script (PS) print driver, switch to the Printer Control Language (PCL) driver for your printer. Or, if you are using the PCL driver, switch to the PS print driver.
  • If the printer that has the issue is a network printer, send the report to a different printer that is local to a workstation.
  • If you experience printing issues from Microsoft Dynamics GP, print the report by using Notepad. This is because Microsoft Dynamics GP uses the same operating system printer logic that Notepad uses.
  • Try to print the report to the screen. Microsoft Dynamics GP uses an installed print driver to generate the on-screen preview of a report. If you can print to screen but cannot print to the printer, the problem might be a network issue or a hardware issue.
Q2. How many kinds of print drivers are there?
A2 There are three general kinds of print drivers:
  • Post Script (PS): PS drivers are more efficient when you print graphic reports.
  • Printer Control Language (PCL): PCL drivers are usually the manufacturer’s drivers that are installed with the driver. These drivers usually contain additional utilities that enable the advanced functionality of a printer.
  • Uni-driver: This is a text-based driver that most dot matrix printers use. These drivers work on most printers, regardless of brand or model. However, you lose the advanced features of the printer.
Q3. When you start Microsoft Dynamics GP, the splash screen is displayed. However, Microsoft Dynamics GP will not start, and a button in the taskbar has the Microsoft Dynamics GP logo together with ERROR as its name. How do I resolve this?
A3 Right-click the "ERROR" taskbar button. A context menu appears. Click Move, and then use the arrow keys to move the taskbar from behind the splash screen. When you see the taskbar, note the error message.

If the error message resembles "Prop Res DLL not loaded," this usually indicates that the .dll files for a Dell printer or a Lexmark printer are not registered. To register the .dll files that appear in the error message, use one of the following methods:
  • Method 1: Copy the printer driver files to the System32 folder. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. In Windows Explorer, locate the drive:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32x86\3 folder.
    2. Press and hold CTRL, and then click each printer file.


      Note Each printer driver file has a file name that resembles the following:
      • lx**prpb.dll
      • lx**prpr.dll
      • dl**prpb.dll
      • dl**prpr.dll
      Note In these file names, ** is a placeholder for a two-letter designation that is associated with the printer.
    3. Copy the selected printer files to the drive:\Windows\System32 folder.
  • Method 2: Update the Path environment variable to include the printer driver folder. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Control Panel, click System and Maintenance, and then click
      System.
    2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click
      Environment Variables.
    3. Under System variables, click the
      Path variable, and then click Edit.
    4. Press END to move the pointer to the end of the path, type a semicolon (;), and then use the appropriate method to type the path of the printer driver file:
      • If the computer that you use is running a 32-bit version of Windows, type the following default path:
        C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32X86\3
      • If the computer that you use is running a 64-bit version of Windows, type the following default path:
        C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\X64\3
      For example, after you update the Path variable on a computer that is running a 32-bit version of Windows, the path would resemble the following:
      %SystemRoot%\System32;%systemroot%;C:\Windows\System32\Spool\Drivers\W32X86\3
    5. Click OK to close the Edit System Variable dialog box.
    6. Click OK to close the
      Environment Variables dialog box.
    7. Click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
Q4: Users click File, click Print Setup, and then change their default printer. After the user closes and restarts Microsoft Dynamics GP, the printer changes back to the printer that was originally listed. Why does this occur?
A4 In this situation, Microsoft Dynamics GP is working as designed. The Microsoft Dynamics GP program selects whatever is listed as the computer’s default printer when Microsoft Dynamics GP starts.

If you want to have the printer setting remain after a Microsoft Dynamics GP session ends, you can set up a Citrix environment or a Terminal Server environment to load the remote client’s local printer drivers before Microsoft Dynamics GP is started. For more information about how to implement this configuration, see the Citrix/Terminal Server documentation.

Note On Citrix terminal servers, you can change the Citrix environment. Therefore, selecting a different default printer in Microsoft Dynamics GP causes the printer to remain marked as the default printer after Microsoft Dynamics GP is restarted. For more information about how to configure this setting, contact Citrix support.

Q5: When I try to print invoices or other documents in Microsoft Dynamics GP in a Citrix environment, I receive the following error message: "Unable to get printer context." How do I resolve this?
A5 When Microsoft Dynamics GP starts, Microsoft Dynamics GP selects the default printer that is set in Windows. When you use Microsoft Dynamics GP on a Citrix server as a published application, there is not enough time for Microsoft Dynamics GP to select the Windows printer. To resolve this error message, follow these steps:
  1. Click the ICA Client Options tab in the properties of the published application, and then click to clear the Start this application without waiting for printers to be created check box.

    For more information, visit the following Citrix Web site: Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
  2. Find the Dex.ini file in one of the following locations:
    • This file can be found in the Dynamics GP code folder.
    • Usually, this file can be found in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics\ GP folder.
  3. Open the Dex.ini file by using Notepad.
  4. Search for any lines that contain an IP address that references a printer. For example, you may see a line that resembles the following line:
    IP_192.168.100.10HP LaserJet 400=0;0
  5. If you find lines that contain an IP address that references a printer, modify them by inserting REM at the beginning of each line. For example, use a modified line that resembles the following:
    REM IP_192.168.100.10HP LaserJet 400=0;0
Q6: I want to create a report option for a report that specifies that the report be sent to an Adobe PDF file and to the printer. I click the Destination button, and then click to select the Screen, Printer, and File check boxes. When I select a file name, and then select the Adobe PDF file format, the Screen and Printer check boxes are no longer selected. Why does this occur?
A6 The functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP allows multi-selected destinations for report options. The combination of the Screen and Printer options and the combination of the Screen option and the file format of PDF are available. However, sending a report to both a printer and to the PDF file format is not possible because of print driver requirements in later versions of Adobe and Microsoft Dynamics GP. Therefore, any destination combination is possible except for printer and file format of PDF.

Q7: When you print Text reports for Microsoft Dynamics GP to a laser printer, they are usually printed in the built-in Courier printer font. How can I control the font typeface and size settings in the Dex.ini defaults file?
A7 The following three Dex.ini settings that can be used to control the font typeface and size:
  • Font<Dexterity Font Name>=<TrueType Font>: This setting enables the selection of different fonts for use on the screen and in reports within Microsoft Dynamics GP. Because Text reports use the Courier New font, which is a non-proportional font, the font that is selected to replace Courier New must also be a non-proportional font. Additionally, the font that is selected must be available on the workstation where this change is being made. For more information, see the "How to check whether a font is non-proportional" section.

    Note Non-proportional fonts are also known as fixed width fonts or monospaced fonts.
  • Tolerance=-1: This setting requests Dexterity to ignore built-in printer fonts and to substitute a scalable Windows TrueType font.
  • MinMilHeight=150: This setting is used to increase or reduce the size of the font. The default value is 150 for a laser printer.
Note Not all printers and printer driver combinations support the use of these settings. Even with these settings in the Dex.ini file, the report output may not be altered.

To change the font that is used for Text reports, follow these steps:
  1. Locate the Dex.ini file:
    • For Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 or later versions, the Dex.ini file is in the Data Subfolder under the application folder.
  2. Open the Dex.ini file by using Notepad.
  3. Add the following lines at the bottom of the Dex.ini file.
    FontCourier New=Lucida Console
    Tolerance=-1
    MinMilHeight=100
    Note You can choose a different font or use a different Height setting.
  4. On the File menu, click Save to save the Dex.ini file.
  5. Start Microsoft Dynamics GP, and then print a Text report. For example, print the Customer report from the Customer Maintenance window.

How to check whether a font is non-proportional

  1. Start Microsoft Office Word.
  2. Type ten 'I' characters on a line, and then press ENTER.
  3. Type ten 'W' characters on a line, and then press ENTER.
  4. Select both lines of text.
  5. Change the font to the font that you want to check.
  6. If the total width of the line of I's is the same as the line of the W's, the font is non-proportional.
Some examples of non-proportional fonts that are available in Windows Vista include the following fonts:
  • Lucida Console
  • Lucide Typewriter
  • MS Gothic
  • MS Mincho
Note Many fonts have multiple versions. If a version of a font ends with "Che," the font is non-proportional.

Q8: How can I control the printer font size in Microsoft Dynamics GP?
A8For more information about how to control the printer font size in Microsoft Dynamics GP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

869078 How to control the printer font size in Great Plains

Q9: How can I tell which font a report is printed in?A9For more information about how to determine which font a report in printed in, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

870341 Printer fonts selected by Dynamics

Q10: How does Report Writer decide which font to use when Best Text Fit is marked in the Report Definition window?
A10For more information about how Report Writer decides which font to use when Best Text Fit is marked in the Report Definition window, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

849370 Font used when Best Text Fit is marked


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