PostScript (PS) and Printer Command Language (PCL) printer drivers (Rev: 1.1)



In most laserjet printer, there are 2 types of printer drivers provided, namely PostScript (PS) and Printer Command Language (PCL). The PS printer driver is normally use to print Portable Document Format (pdf) document. For other document types (.doc, .txt, etc), please use the PCL printer driver.



HP 4500 colour laser printer

If you are printing a .pdf document to a HP 4500 colour laser printer using the HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6 (v5.0) for Windows XP Operating System (OS), you will encounter the below printout error:

PCL XL error
subsystem: KERNEL
Error: UnsupportedProtocol
Operator: 0x0
Position: 0


The above error occurred because you are printing a .pdf document but you have use the PCL6 printer driver to print your document. Please change your printer driver to PS driver, eg: HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PostScript (v5.0) before printing.



If you are printing a .doc document to a HP 4500 colour laser printer using the HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6 (v5.0) for Windows XP OS and you encountered the below printout error:

PCL XL error
subsystem: KERNEL
Error: UnsupportedProtocol
Operator: 0x0
Position: 0


The problem is caused by the HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6 (v5.0) printer driver. You should delete the HP laserjet 4500 printer that uses the HP Universal Print Driver for Windows PCL6 (v5.0) printer driver. Then, install the HP LaserJet 4500 PCL6 Printer Driver and use it to print the .doc document to a HP 4500 colour laser printer.

4 comments:

Bart said...

the driver you've recommended gives the same error.

JackNg said...

Hi Bart,

Thanks for your feedback. Please try the "HP LaserJet 4500 PCL 5c Printer Driver" version 4.27.4500.400 (http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=15083&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=25505&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=228) to see whether it can solve the "PCL XL error" for the HP colour laserjet 4500 printer.

Jack

Sweet Fairy said...

Great post. Can i use any laser printer for Plastic card printing purpose?

JackNg said...

Dear Fairy,

Please check the respective laser printer manual to see whether it supports plastic card printing. If the laser printer support it, you will normally have to place your plastic card in the manual tray. For plastic card printing, I think that you will need to ensure that the plastic card use is for laser type (not inkjet type) printer that can withstand the fuser unit heat so that it will not melt during printing.

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