have to restart to print

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October 11, 2009 at 07:31:20
Specs: Windows XP, 2Gb
I have a laptop with 2 separate printers installed (1 at work, 1 at home). The work printer (set as default) works fine even if I disconnect the USB and then plug it back in again the next day. However, when I go home and print and select home printer to print nothing happens. If I restart the laptop, suddenly it prints whatever I sent to it previously.
Any ideas on what is causing this? Presumably Vista has some bug in the printer spool service?

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#1
October 11, 2009 at 07:36:21
Does it make a difference if the (home) printer was set as the default printer? And have you tried an updated driver for the home printer?

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#2
October 11, 2009 at 07:42:56
I'll try but it shouldn't matter and the fact that the computer restarts without the default printer being changed means it's recognising the connection.
It's a hp laserjet 6l and was the latest driver installed by vista.

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#3
October 11, 2009 at 08:30:49
At least yours is still working, I retired my Laserjet 4L when it insisted on not working properly with Vista & HP has no plans to issue a legacy driver for it :-(

Oh & BTW, what are you using - Parallel to USB Cable?

At any rate, you may want to assign it to the USB virtual port 05 as suggested on this page.

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#4
October 11, 2009 at 08:59:56
It's assigned to USB002 virtual at the moment, not sure how to add a virtual port as ity seems it needs to be done during installation?

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