Installation Instructions for Cognitive Advantage LX Blaster printer

How do I install the Cognitive Advantage LX Blaster Printer?


  1. Remove any Cognitive printers already installed
  2. Add a folder called Cognitive Drivers to c:\program files (x86)\.
  3. Download the Blaster printer drivers from Extract all the Blaster printer drivers in to the Cognitive Drivers folder
  4. Plug in parallel cable from blaster to usb on device. This should show up as a Controller under Unspecified Devices in Devices and Printers. Right click on the Controller and view the Properties/Hardware tab. The virtual printer port will be listed next to Location.
  5. Install the blaster printer by adding a printer in Devices and Printers 
    1. Add a local printer
    2. Use an existing port
    3. Manufacturer is Cognitve
    4. Printer is Cognitive Advantage LX 4 inch
    5. Click on the Have Disk button
    6. Browse to c:\program files (x86)\Cognitive Drivers and select COGNOEM
    7. Select Open, OK, then Next.
    8. Select the option to use the driver currently installed and click on Next
    9. Keep current printer name or change as desired then click the Next button
    10. Choose the option to not share the printer and click the Next button
    11. Click on the Finish button
  6. Right-click on the Cognitive Advantage LX 4 inch printer and set it as the default printer
  7. Right-click on the Cognitive Advantage LX 4 inch printer and select Printing Preferences. 
    1. Set the following dimensions on the Options tab:
      • Size - Width: 4 inches
      • Size - Height: 6.75 inches
      • Unprintable Area – Left: 0.55
    2. Click on the Advanced Setup tab and set the Sensor Type to Black Bar
  8. Index the printer
    1. Turn the power off
    2. Wait for the lights to go dark
    3. Turn the power back on
    4. Wait for the Ready light to turn green
    5. Press the feed button. The paper should index to the next black bar.
  9. Calibrate the printer
    1. Go to Printing Preferences / Advanced Setup / More Settings.
    2. Select Calibrate. The green Ready light will flash off and on. One or more sheets will feed. Calibration is complete when the Ready light returns to a solid green.
  10. Key in custom command text
    1. Go to Printing Preferences and select the Custom Commands tab.
    2. Change the Position to Page (data).
    3. Change the End to Text.
    4. Select the Ellipsis.
    5. Type in the following:
      ! 0 0 0   (these are zeroes and there are spaces between each character)
      END (hit return after lines 1&2, must be in all caps, don’t hit enter after END)
    6. Choose OK on Customer Command Text.
    7. Select Apply then OK.
    8. Power down, back up then index the paper again
  11. Right-click on the Cognitive Advantage LX 4 inch printer and select Printer Properties. Choose Print a Test Page.
  12. It has been found in testing that the printer may need to be disabled or enabled to print if the default printer changes after the Blaster printer