How to Write a Script to Automatically Detect

April 23, 2009 at 17:24:41
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD /4 GB
I purchased a new computer at a great price and Vista was bundled with it. However I have to run a specified application that has not been certified for Vista. The application runs fine in vista except for receipt printing. The first time you print, it prints fine but then will not print again because the first print process never ends. I'm guessing this is due to communications problems that might be due to the parallel card (manufacturer says it communicates as defined in Vista) I had to install and/or the old Ithaca receipt printer I want to continue using.

A simple batch file using taskkill can end the print process but I would like this to be automatic and not require a user to execute the batch file. Is there a way to have a process (batch file) always running in the background that will detect the print process when they occur and stop it after a short (15-20 sec) delay?

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April 23, 2009 at 17:33:25
There used to be a fix for that a long time ago. Think it was some config.sys entry to allow longer time for reply on lpt.

It was an issue with an HP450 printer. Might still be on the web somewhere.

See also bios options for port type.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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