Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've a serial text only printer attached to a machine with Win XP and am using Generic text only printer driver to print jobs.

The printer prints jobs properly when it's ON. When it is OFF, the printer status stays on "Ready" and the print jobs that I send to the printer says printed and gets removed from the print job list even though it wasn't printed.

Is there a way that the driver can detect the printer status and also keep the print jobs if it hasn't printed?

share|improve this question
I doubt it, since that driver doesn't actually know how to communicate bidirectionally with the printer; it just throws the job down the pipe. – Aaron Miller Jul 8 '13 at 17:21
Thank you Aaron. Do you know if I can use any alternative driver to "Generic / Text Only" printer? – Sudeep Jul 8 '13 at 21:49

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.