Printing is the writing of data in a human-readable format onto durable media such as paper.

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What printer driver should I use?

I am nstalling drivers for a printer, and I have a choice of either PCL (5 or 6), or PostScript drivers? Which one would you recommend and why? The printer is HP LaserJet 2605dn, the OS is Windows 7 ...
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How to delete system default printer forms?

On Windows there are system default printer forms which can't be deleted from the Print Server Properties dialog. Is there some other way they can be removed? We are never going to use page sizes like ...
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Why *do* windows print queues occasionally choke on a print job

Y'know they way windows print queues will occasionally stop working with a print job at the head of the queue which just won't print and which you can't delete? Anyone know whats going on when this ...
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Problem adding Windows 7 64-bit print drivers to a 32-bit Windows 2003 print server

I have installed the final RTM version of Windows 7 Professional 64-bit on a test system before we begin the rollout in our company. I'm having problems connecting to several HP printers that we have ...
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Network Printers Offline (but not really)

I have two Ricoh printers/copiers setup for IP printing in the office. Before this week there were no problems printing to them. Now a handful of them (All running Vista, not sure if it is every Vista ...
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HP Universal Print Drivers Incredibly Slow

We recently migrated to a Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Server (SP2) as a print server. For the most part, we found that it wasn't too hard to get both a x64 and a x86 driver for the printers we ...
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DOS printer text output has wrong characters on “new” computer

I'm trying to rescue an old DOS 6.2 application that originally ran on a 486 DX2 computer. I've moved the hard drive into a relatively newer Celeron 633, and everything seems to work fine except for ...
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What is the reason for choosing a different print processor?

Almost every time I've had to change the print processor for a printer, it's because it's set to something other than WINPRINT/RAW. Granted, fax software sometimes makes use of other print processors, ...
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Counting Print totals

I have been asked to see if it is possible to count the number of print outs that are handle by our file server Background: we have a “Wall Board” for the amount of phone calls we take and now ...
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Printer Recommendation for Three Stooges Environment

I administer a 3 stooges environment. Linux server hardware, Windows Server VMs, Mac clients. My Mac clients RDC to a Windows 2008R2, each client has their own USB printer. The USB printer is ...
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Can 32-bit print drivers work on 64-bit windows?

I'm reading around and it seems that 32 bit drivers do not work under 64 bit windows. Is this true? since 32-bit applications can run under 64 bit windows it seems ridiculous that 32-bit printer ...
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Strategies/tools for controlling spending in printing

We run a medium sized (400 users) healthcare organization (aka hospital). We are a Windows organization; our printers can be categorized in three groups: departamental printers hosted by a server in ...
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Documentation For The “Other” ntp (HP/Epson Printing)

Until this afternoon, I only knew ntp as network time protocol. But installed on our Windows 2008 server is a different ntp as shown below with ntp -?. I am looking for documentation above and beyond ...
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Change CUPS default printer error policy

I run CUPS printing on a number of multiuser Linux application servers. The systems are RHEL or CentOS version 4, 5 or 6. Starting the EL5, the CUPS print server defaults to an error policy that ...
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Restoring Printer Settings

We're trying to standardise our printing environment to provide consistent settings across our various print queues. To do this, we would like create a settings file per model of printer so that they ...
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Centralized administration of campus (AD domain) printers?

I'm looking for the best way to centrally administer (and track!) printing for our AD domain. I know Windows Server can be configured to be a "Print Services" server, but it's my understanding that ...
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Mac OS X printing to CUPS - More intuitive authentication failure?

We have a network-wide CUPS server that offers authenticated printer access to all our campus users. We've been pretty disappointed with the way Mac clients handle bad printing authentication, though. ...
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Why can I access only the security tab on a server's printers?

Context: Win7 64-bit client, Windows Server 2003 I log into the server using MSTSC. The server is running Windows Server 2003, 32bit. I call up the list of Printers and Faxes from the Start menu. I ...
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Desktop Networked Printer Management on Active Directory Environment

Right now all of our network printers are funneled thru a single Windows server. The printers are then deployed to the desktops via Group Policy. However, should this server fail then the networked ...
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Print server vs. printer sharing on Windows Server

On my new Windows Server 2012 I've installed a printer and shared it via the Sharing tab: I'm not in a Windows domain (just a regular work group) and printing works fine. Now there's also the ...
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Is there a way to find out what printers a user has mapped remotely?

Remotely as in via command line. Not sure if there's a reg key or something similar I can peek at to see if a user has the correct printers mapped.
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Error when trying to add a 32bit driver to Server 2008 64bit

We have some network printers that Toshiba suplies generic drivers for on the CD. Now installing the 64bit edition works fine on the Server, but when I try to add a 32bit driver for those clients, the ...
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Extremely Slow Login: Group Policy Printers

I'm having a few issues with a specific GPO that's causing 5+ minute delays on logins (not just initial logins either). The server is running Windows Server 2012 I'm adding printers under ...
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Logging and Reporting on W2k3 print server printing

Simple setup, single Windows 2003 standard server running as a printer server. Domain users have rights to print to all of the printers setup on the printer server. Question: I know the event log ...
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Purge print driver cache on windows 7 with powershell script

[Background] We have been having trouble with our network clients suddenly being unable to print. They get an odd error with a hex code. We determined that something in the driver was messed up and ...
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Why is there a 10 second delay when printing on Ubuntu Server 10.04?

I've seen tons of posts asking this and similar questions on various forums, but no one seems to be able to provide a solution. The basic problem goes like this: Printing worked fine on [Insert ...
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Network printer - Print direct or via shared printer on Server?

It has occurred to me that a workstation can connect to a printer in either of two ways: Printing directly to the IP of the printer with the print driver installed locally. Printing to a ...
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Network attached printers in Active Directory

I have several network printers in the office. Currently, they are all set up on our domain controller - DC_Main The printers are then shared, and all of the users workstations connect to, for ...
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Deploying Printers to Computers vs. Users via GPO

When I deploy a printer to a computer it only seems to deploy to our Windows XP machines. If I deploy to users it deploys to our Windows XP and 7 machines. When I look in the RSoP Snap-in it shows the ...
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Machine in domain boots slow when not accessing the domain's network

Is there a way to reduce the timeouts for attempting to connect to domain network resources? (Windows Login Authentication, Network Printers, Network Shares, etc.) I have a series of laptops (Dell ...
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No-Good Very Bad Print Server Issues: Print Server Troubleshooting Suggestions? [closed]

We just replaced a fifty-year-old print server and are attempting to use HP Universal Print Driver (per their engineers' suggestion) for all of our printers (the PCL 5 4.7 version). We thought this ...
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How to construct url of windows shared printer for cups client

I have a HP laserjet shared on a windows 2003 server as //w3kserver/hp I want to print from a linux client that has the cups system installed. When I add the printer in the cups web frontend on the ...
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Getting an iPad to print on a corporate windows network

My users want to use an iPad to print to our network printers. The printers are shared using a Windows 2008 R2 Server. I've looked into getting AirPrint to work but haven't had any success. I would ...
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Printer deployment via Group Policy not working on a single system

One of my coworkers just got a new laptop running Windows 7 Pro x64. We use a GPO to deploy the printers to every system, but for some reason it is not working on this system. I have been breaking my ...
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Anyone recommend a program to print multiple HTML files at once for end users?

I have some clients with multiple html files in folders that are occasionally updated & printed. They would like to be able to print them all at once without having to open each one. I typically ...
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How can I send raw postscript to a remote printer via CUPS?

I have an ancient fax device with a printer interface that only accepts postscript level 1 documents formatted in a specific way. I only have access to this printer over the lpd:// protocol. I have ...
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Printers intermittently not being set as default

We have a lab of computers with printers being deployed to and set as default with Group Policy Preferences, but we're getting a large number of users who don't pick up the default settings. There's ...
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Printer Won't Print! Long and weird saga

Okay, here's something fairly weird. I'll try to outline the story in a way that makes sense. We had an old print server (windows 2003 based). We had some issues with people not being able to add ...
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Are dot matrix printers still used anywhere?

I remember working as a summer IT support guy in a warehouse where orders were printed on carbon copy paper using a dot matrix printer. Are those noisy beasts still around in some special uses or is ...
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How can I delete a printer from CUPS?

My local CUPS server is confused about the name of the printer I use. It has two names: hpext and hpext@vm-cups. I can never predict which one is going to work, and if I use the wrong one, jobs just ...
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How can I set up Nagios to Monitor a Canon iR 3035?

I've been googling for how to set up printer monitoring - especially for Canon printers. This is because I have a Canon iR 3035 that I want to monitor for toner problems, paper jams, and paper ...
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Anything to share a printer from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows?

I've got a printer which only has 32-bit drivers, so it's installed on a 32-bit machine (XP). I need it to appear as a printer (with duplex control etc) on a 64-bit machine (Vista). I can't just ...
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Printers deployed using Group Policy?

I am trying to deploy three printers on our network. I have added the role of Print and Document Services to our Domain Controller and then added the printers. I have right clicked on the printers ...
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How do I send raw text to a printer on a Mac?

In windows you can use LPR In Linux you can do lpr or 'data.txt > /dev/lpt1/' How do I do it on a Mac?
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How do you force printer drivers on a server to replace drivers on the client?

We have a Windows 2003 server acting as a print server for our Konica/Miolta 7222 Biz Hub, among others. Recently the driver was updated on the server to the incorrect version (Why Konica has a ...
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Printer Maintenance Kits?

I've got an HP Laserjet 2430tn that supports a staff of approximately 15 people. It has over 207,000+ pages printed in its lifespan so far. It needs new rollers, as the paper jams more and more. A ...
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Can splitting an access database cause printer and reporting issues?

We have a setup in which our users log into an access database using MS Access 2003 over an RDP connection. The backend database (.mdb) is accessed by our users with their frontend database (.mde) ...
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Experience with Windows Server 2008 R2 Print Management for large quantities of printers

I have to manage around one hundred printers and I'm looking for ways to centralize all the printers in one printer server. I have been looking into Windows Server 2008 R2 Printer Management service. ...
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Terminal Services - prevent users from using local printers in remote session

We have a weird problem that manifests when users log onto a server via RDP and they have the "Printers" box checked in the "Local Resouces" tab of the Remote Desktop Client. Basically, the server's ...
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Windows Vista Default Printer Changes When Using Remote Desktop

I've recently discovered on the Vista boxes in my office that if a user logs in from outside the network using Remote Desktop to their office PC the default printer changes. That change of default ...