A printer is a device used for printing text and/or graphics from the computer.

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Add Network Printer drivers in Windows 7/Server 2008 R2?

I'm running a 64 bit Windows 7 / Windows 2008 R2 workstation that I just installed. I need to add a printer that is shared on the network from a 32bit Windows 2000 print server. This is an HP ...
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How do I simulate a parallel (LPT) Printer with a USB Printer?

I have some legacy software that only prints on printers connected via an LPT port. The machine I need to use, however, doesn't have a parallel port. Plus my printer is a USB device. How do I trick ...
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Using a printer in Dosbox

I'm trying to find a way to run an old Dos based application that uses a printer connected to the parallel port, I don't think Dosbox supports lpt. I am interested both in using that printer and in ...
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How to change the printer icon displayed in the Control Panel

Printers are displayed in Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers often with a vendor supplied icon. Is it possible to replace that with a custom icon?
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How to share a printer (or any usb devices) to two or more computers?

I want to share a printer to two computers sitting next to each other. Now I plug in the USB printer cable when one wants to print. Is there a cheap and better solution which allows two computers to ...
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How can I print out a PDF substituting pixels for blue pixels?

I have no more black ink in my Canon MP560 printer. All other colors print fine. I need to print out an online train ticket. When I print it out, I can't see any of the page that is in black (most ...
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How can I make a copy of a printer in Windows 7?

Has anyone been able to copy an existing printer in Windows 7? I know that we were able to do this in XP (not as a direct copy/paste, but by installing the printer twice) but in Windows 7 it doesn't ...
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Installing HomeGroup Printer

I have two Windows 7 computers on a HomeGroup. I am on "Computer A" and need to access a printer connected to "Computer B". On Computer A, the HomeGroup panel tells me that it found a new shared ...
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When installing additional printer 32-bit drivers fails on Windows 7 64-bit I get the error “Selected printer driver not found”, what should I do?

I've successfully installed Windows 7 (x64) and drivers for my Canon MP510, and have no problem printing with this setup. There is another PC in the network running XP SP3, and I want to share the ...
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Best way to save ink in inkjet printer when rarely used?

I have a semi-nice printer that I use occasionally (say once every 1-4 weeks), with times where I won't touch it for a while then one day print a bunch of pictures or just documents. The use though ...
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How can I share a printer on Windows 7 x64 with Windows XP x86?

I'm trying to share a printer that's on Windows 7 64-bit with Windows XP 32-bit. I've tried: Using the Add Printer Wizard on XP Selecting network printer Browsing for the printer and selecting it ...
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How to completely remove printer from Windows 7

I'm having some issues with my Canon Pixma IP1900 printer - it doesn't respond to any OS requests. I am using Windows 7 x64 with additional Canon drivers and the printer used to work ok, but recently ...
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Some printers are merged into control panel on Windows 7

I install the same printer several times to allow easy selection for users. They just choose the desired printer to have the corresponding functionality (instead of going to printer properties and ...
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Print spooler starts and automatically stops when “Add Printer” clicked

I am facing tough time with this print spooler. Don't know what is wrong with it. Attached is the screenshot 1: The above error message makes you feel that print spooler is not running but I ...
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PDF printer without user intervention

I'm looking for a PDF printer that doesn't ask the user to choose a filename and directory, but simply saves it to a predefined folder with a unique filename. The print jobs will come from third ...
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Printer doesn't print pictures!

My printer can't print pictures (jpg), but can print .txt, .doc. Does anyone have any idea why is it doing this ? My color cartridge is empty, but my black one is full. So I disabled the color ...
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Install printer across profiles on Windows XP?

I am using gprint as a shell call to print pdf files. I have to install the network printer first, but the program runs under a different account. Is there anyway to install a network printer under ...
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where can I get cables for the Canon Mx310 (printer) [closed]

A friend of mine gave me a printer/scanner because he could not print with it anymore. the point is this thing has been lying in the cellar for quite some time now and the cables are missing. that is ...
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What to look for in a good cheap color laser printer? [closed]

My old color inkjet is giving up, and I'm considering laser to replace it. There are several good questions about color laser printers, but none of them summarize the pro's and con's. So here goes: I ...
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Color Printer: Laser vs Inkjet

I am about to buy a color printer. I had a B&W Laserjet printer in the past but since then I've used Inkjets for decades. I need a printer that can deliver high quality as these photo Inkjet ...
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Why do printers have resident fonts, and how do I use them?

Many printers specify that they have resident fonts--often dozens of them. I could understand why this was necessary years ago, when perhaps the choice was to use a resident font or to print the whole ...
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Is there a way to allow standard users to restart (stop/start) the Print Spooler?

For some reason, multiple laptops on our wifi network often lose the ability to print to a device attached to a server on the network. Restarting the Print Spooler on each laptop fixes the issue. ...
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Laser printer without harmful emissions?

Laser printers, generally speaking, have a higher print quality and lower operating costs than inkjet printers. I've hesitated to replace the inkjet in my office because I'm concerned about harmful ...
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Document stuck in printing queue

My sister still has Win XP. She tried to print a document on her USB printer and now it's stuck in the printing queue. I tried the following: Restart the computer Restart the printer Delete the ...
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How do I remotely print to a shared printer over the Internet?

Is there a product that will let me send a print job to a shared printer from anywhere on the Internet? I know there are remote solutions for networked printers; however, mine is a cheap laser shared ...
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What multifunctional printer has good support for Mac OS X? [closed]

I would like to buy a multifunctional color laser printer (printer, scanner, copy machine). However as I am new to Mac I don't know which brand has good driver support for Mac OS X. I have connected ...
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Printer sharing problem (win7 / WinXP): Canon pixma USB printer

For a friend, I am trying to share a USB Canon pixma ip3000 printer between two computers in his home network. But I can't get it to work due tot a Canon driver problem. The printer is connected to ...
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Windows7 access to printer shared with XP?

I have an eeebox running with XP 24/7 with an attached printer (Canon IP5300) installed as shared. We have a few other laptops and PC, all with vista, that can access and print on the shared printer ...
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How do you rename a printer device in Windows 7 64 bit

I am trying to rename a Printer Device and cannot see how to do it. In XP it was easy?
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How to share an unsupported (for Mac) printer via PC?

I am a Mac and I don't support your printer. Hi, I am a PC and I do. Per this question, there aren't any mac drivers for my Dell v305W printer. Is there anyway, I can share this printer to the Mac ...
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CUPS : Creating a dummy printer directing to dev/null

I used following command , is there anything wrong with it ? lpadmin -p lp0 -E -v /dev/null -m raw
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Having the same printer installed two times with different configurations

We have a networked laser printer at work which we use for two different tasks. One of them needs high quality printing, and for the other we prefer to use the lowest quality available, mainly for ...
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How can I solve Canon MX870 printer only printing blank pages?

I have a Canon MX870 printer which I have connected to a Windows Vista laptop via a USB connection. Whether I print or copy, the result is the same: blank pages. The result is the same when I use a ...
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Occasional text printing - inkjet or laser?

Is it worth buying a inkjet printer if all I do is text printing, of say, 100 pages per year and that too irregularly? I heard that the inkjets get clogged up if not used regularly. So, should I go ...
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Windows 7 install printer driver silently without 'Windows Security Warning' dialog

I am trying to automatically-and-silently install a specific printer driver(ghostpdf) and printer to prepare multiple machines for running tests. I use Command line install of printer driver ...
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printing takes long time while consuming all CPU

My HP 500 C printer is suddenly extrem slow. The last action was the Microsoft update at the weekend. No other software change at the system. Symptoms: Slow output of pages (3 minutes for one page) ...
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Nt4.0 Printer Driver not compatible with Vista?

I've got a Brother Fax-8360P printer that has a standard printer port so it can be connected to my WindowsXP machine. I've found some drivers on the net that work and it is a pretty decent laser ...
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Substitute drivers for a 32 bit printer on a 64 bit OS

I'm trying to use an old GCC Elite 12N B&W laser printer for printing schoolwork and other miscellany on 64 bit Windows 7. The only drivers available are 32 bit. As far as I know, it's not ...
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Is there a way to programatically set the printer properties in Windows?

As a paper saving drive throughout the organization, we plan to set 2 page printing as default setting on all the Windows machines. I would like to contribute to this by writing a small script that ...
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Connecting to Canon PIXMA iP4000R over the network

I have a Canon PIXMA IP4000R printer, with a normal network connector. I've connected it to the network, and verified with my router that it has an IP address, and responds to pinging while connected ...
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How can I emulate a 'fake' printer (driver) in Windows?

For testing, my application needs to send a document to the printer. I don't really want to print this out, so I am looking for a 'fake' printer driver which could essentially print to nothing. I know ...
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Is there a way to share a scanner with an Airport Extreme?

I've got an Airport Extreme as my home network's router. (Sidebar: I love it.) The printer sharing is pretty phenomenal - I've got my printer hooked up to the base station and all the machines in ...
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Windows 7 print option wizard rotate some photos from portrait to landscape, how to stop this?

Windows 7 print option wizard rotate some photos from portrait to landscape, how to stop this? When i see photo in windows photo viewer it shows fine.
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HP Printer odd behaviour in Vista Home Basic

I Have a HP 1018 printer. In my previous PC (with vista home premium) it worked just fine, and still works. In my new PC, which came with vista home basic, the printing almost never works. What ...
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How to disable PGBK ink on a Canon printer and use BK for black?

Many Canon printers (e.g. iX6500) have two types of black ink. Suppose you just want to use one - for example, you need to print something urgently, but there's a fault with the other type of black's ...
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How much more will a high-dpi image cost to print? [closed]

I'm aware that with an inkjet printer, printing a higher dpi image will require a huge amount of additional ink. However I was wondering in the case of a color laser printer, do we need more toner to ...
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Printing to two Printers at the same time

I have two thermal receipt printers installed on a PC. Is there a way to print to two printers at the same time? Using Windows XP. It will be printed via browser.
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Remote access for network printer

I have a network printer (HL-2250DN) that I want to also reach from outside the home network. In the network it is reachable by 192.168.0.103 Now I used a DNS service to map my external IP to a ...
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Printer offline until spooler service is restarted

Has anyone experienced a situation where a printer appears as offline until the Spooler service is restarted? Any thoughts? Steps I have tried: Updating to the latest print driver (for Vista ...
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How can I plug my LPT printer into a motherboard with no parallel port?

I have a new computer with a Asus P5QL Pro motherboard and wanted to plug my old HP DeskJet 950C printer into it only to discover that the motherboard has no LPT/Parallel port. What is the best ...