I have a XP pro, SP2 system that is offline (as in TCP over sneakernet) and essentially un-patched. The printer (HP LaserJet 5p) works fine sometimes but as soon as anything goes "wrong", like I get more than one item in the print queue, I (often as not) end up having to manually clean the print queue and reboot.
The general mode of failure is that once things go bad the printer seems to lock up. The computer seems to be fine but trying to delete a print job just doesn't work, the job never disappears. Some times I can get result by power cycling the printer, restarting the spooler and manually clearing the print queue directory. Sometime it seems to be in an invalid state where the printer spews over-sized text or gibberish.
Because I'm offline, I can't simply run Windows update and so are there any specific updates out that address issue in the print spooler service that might help?
(If you can remember an update it's a good bet it's not on this computer)
Why is it that anything involving visual output drivers under windows sucks? Video drives crash more systems thatn anything else I've seen and printers never seem to work correctly.
Oh and any software I've used from HP sucked, even the drivers on there current offerings. (400MB for a minimum install!? No option to not install there image editing program that I'll never even touch!?)