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Gerardcjat
January 31st, 2016, 07:57 AM
If my memory does not fail, on vintage PC and Tandy / RS, one was able to "directly" Print Screen to the printer, command was something like : "*" + Print screen .

Well, is there NOWADAY a simple way, to dump the screen content to the printer, when the "screen output" is
- From DOS
and more important :
- even under BIOS screens ??

Thank for your help

Chuck(G)
January 31st, 2016, 10:46 AM
ISTR Ctrl+PrtScr would do it. Remember to load GRAPHIC.COM if you're not printing a text screen.

I wrote a TSR for myself back in the day that printed to a file instead.

gslick
January 31st, 2016, 02:13 PM
The best DOS print screen to file utility I found for my use (your use may vary) when I needed one was Screen Thief. I think I got my copy from Trixter here.

Trixter
January 31st, 2016, 05:05 PM
Well, is there NOWADAY a simple way, to dump the screen content to the printer, when the "screen output" is
- From DOS
and more important :
- even under BIOS screens ??


Your question isn't quite specific enough to answer correctly, but if you were implying grabbing the screen from a DOS program running in Windows, try the vDOS emulator as it was built for this sort of thing.

As for dumping BIOS screens, most BIOS screendumps I've seen have been the VGA output captured by a capture device that accepts VGA input.

Gerardcjat
February 1st, 2016, 12:47 AM
As for dumping BIOS screens, most BIOS screendumps I've seen have been the VGA output captured by a capture device that accepts VGA input.
Thanks everybody for your help !

@Trixter : That is exactly what I want do do .... But I do not know any "VGA capture device" ( except camera ;-) ) Can you direct me to something, please ?
BTW, one computer concerned has EGA/CGA output, the others have VGA, no problem .

Plasma
February 1st, 2016, 04:05 AM
There are a bunch out there, here's one (www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-USB3HDCAP-Video-Capture-Device/dp/B00PC5HUA6) with composite input too...guess you could use that for CGA if you don't mind the fuzz.

Shadow Lord
February 1st, 2016, 10:06 AM
Anyone here have Screen Thief 2.00? This was the first freeware version and had the ability to save to GIFs. ST 2.01 and later removed GIF compatibility. Also anyone have the manual for this program? TIA!

Stone
February 1st, 2016, 10:39 AM
I have versions 1.00, 1.56 and 1.57.

Shadow Lord
February 1st, 2016, 11:01 AM
I have versions 1.00, 1.56 and 1.57.

Stone,

I think those are all SW. Not sure if there were any limits or nag screens but 2.00 should avoid those issues.

1ST1
February 1st, 2016, 11:18 AM
But addonsoftware will not print if you are in the BIOS software.

I think the secret is which printer you have connected. A laser printer won't be a good idea as the print screen key does not send a linefeed at the end of the screenshot.

Trixter
February 1st, 2016, 11:45 AM
But addonsoftware will not print if you are in the BIOS software.

There's no guarantee PrtSC will work in the BIOS software either -- Who knows if the vectors are set up before or after you leave the BIOS config interface? (I'm guessing afterwards)

Trixter
February 1st, 2016, 11:48 AM
BTW, one computer concerned has EGA/CGA output

For EGA/CGA, you need to build or buy an adapter and it is not straightforward. http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?50569-IBM-C128-CGA-conversation-capture-and-VGA-display-success-stories&highlight=success+stories has more info on people who have attempted this.