Printer problem plz help

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having a printer ,connected to a LAN but it not being a net work print just it's connected to one of the hosts on the net work and it's shared ,then the problem with its is that at anytime it prints by it self ,and it prints some sort of code in the head of a page ,and it will print till the printer is out of papers . is it a virus "which one and who do i cure it ??",is it the print cable as it's being sayed??,do i need a security pacth "which one should i install???", thank alot for anyone who will try to help.
ASKED: June 21, 2005  7:25 AM
UPDATED: June 24, 2005  10:57 AM

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Why don’t you try to plug this printer into another computer and see if it will still do this? If it stops doing it, then bring it back to the first computer, plug it back in and see if the printer will do it again.

You could also stop sharing that printer and see if it will stop printing those weird pages. If it still does, then the problem is probably local to that computer, then you can try the steps I mentioned above in the first paragraph and it should give you some ideas.

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  • GeorgeBonner
    Check that the printer works correctly with the right driver on the local machine. I think you'll find that someone is printing to it using a wrong driver. If it prints loads of pages with only a couple of characters on each page - you'll probably find that someone is sending postscript to it! In saying this - you have not given nearly enough information, or tried the basic troubleshooting, unless you haven't told us. What printer and type is it. Does it print okay locally? When the problem occurs can you see who sent the job to the printer, and what actually happens - how many pages, a sample of what it is printing?
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  • DrillO
    I'm wondering if there is a computer in the share somewhere that is using the wrong printer driver. I have seen this one one of my network printers. As soon as all the drivers are correct and old drivers are removed, everything is fine. I have also seen mistaken drivers get stuck in the Queue and take for ever to output to the printer thus note really giving a clue as to its origin. Good luck, Paul
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  • AS400programmer
    Also make sure the printer drivers are correct for the printer. Usually this happens when something is sent down it cannot understand.
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  • AS400programmer
    Also make sure the printer drivers are correct for the printer. Usually this happens when something is sent down it cannot understand.
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  • Mail2divyesh
    If its a DotMatrix Printer Check out by plugging it into another machine may be COM Port may be a problem. If its a PCL based Printer then try Re-installing the Drivers again or Install Updated Drivers. Check out in your Print Queue if Someone in Network is Giving Print with some other Drivers. You can get the owner by seeing the Print Queue. Let me know if this helps
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  • Poppaman2
    What type of printer are we speaking about? Inkjet? Laser? Dot Matrix? Other? What print driver is installed on your "server" and on your clients? As previously mentioned, this sounds like a PCL/PostScript or PCL version mismatch (more likely PCL/PS). DO NOT utilize the postscript driver unless the printer is postscript aware. Are you certain that the same driver version is being used on ALL computers on your network? Have you tried using a print server (an HP JetDirect EX for example)? You can press an old machine into service as a print server if required - use Win95/98 or Linux and set up a shared printer. Have you performed an internal printer self test to see if the printer engine works properly? If the self test is good, the issue is external (ie: it's not the printer); if the self test is bad, try flashing the printer firmware, if there's a flash available...).
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  • 2stroke
    Gistone, I had the same exact situation last week. I agree with the earlier recommendation...plug it into another PC and see if you have the same problem. Have you checked the event viewer for errors? All the folks that have replied has given you excellent advice. In case none of those works, this is what I did for my problem. I had an XP PRO SP2 machine with an HP printer attached to it doing the same thing you reported. I deleted the printer out of the printer directory on the local machine and turned the printer off. If there is software from the manufacturer installed with it...un-install the software (( first make certain you have the software to re-install ))and restart the PC. After the PC finshes the reboot process...restart the printer and the OS should detect the printer and allow you to re-install it. I would then go to the printer manufaturers website and download the latest print driver for your O.S.
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