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We have an older printer, an hp Laserjet 1300. The printer is installed on a windows xp (32 bit) machine.

When trying to connect over the network to the printer, my machine (windows 7 64 bit) cannot install the drivers for the printer, so the trick was to create a local port (USB) \xpcomputer\laserjet1300 and connect it that way.

That works fine with the exception that every morning I have to shut the printer off for a second, or less, and turn it back on. Otherwise, it won't print.

If I try to print 10 pages, before switching it off, it does not print, but when I switch it off and on, those 10 pages print automatically.

This happens every day.

Both machines are set to be always on, no sleeping or hibernation.

Any ideas?

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Fans of 'The I.T. Crowd' will enjoy this question. :-) –  James Taylor Sep 24 '13 at 12:42
    
1) The printing after the printer has somehow been reconnected is because your application successfully prints to a spoolfile. That one keeps waiting until the printer comes on-line. 2) How is the printer shared? Installed on the XP host (either via USB or parallel), then shared, with added drivers for the win7 (presumed 64 bit) host ? –  Hennes Sep 24 '13 at 12:48
    
USB. It's shared normally on a network with 5 computers. I had to download the drivers on the win7 machine. –  guisasso Sep 24 '13 at 12:56
    
Does this problem exists both on the Windows XP and Windows 7 system? Windows 7 x64 or Windows 7 x86? –  Ramhound Sep 24 '13 at 13:03
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On the local xp machine it works fine. The win7 is 64. I can connect another computer to it and try it, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see the results of that =] –  guisasso Sep 24 '13 at 13:40
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