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5. Network Printing Annoyances > TROUBLESHOOTING NETWORK PRINTERS

TROUBLESHOOTING NETWORK PRINTERS

WINDOWS 9X CAN SHOW A PRINTER AS READY WHEN IT ISN’T

The Annoyance:

I’m working in a software program on my Windows 98SE computer, and I select a network printer to print a document. Sometimes the Print dialog box says the printer is ready to print, but then I get an error message saying there’s a problem with the printer. It almost always turns out that the computer that holds the network printer I selected isn’t turned on. How am I supposed to tell whether a printer is available if Windows doesn’t even know?

The Fix:

If you want accurate, up-to-the-minute information about a printer’s availability when you’re printing from a software application, upgrade to Windows XP. Seriously. Windows XP does a much better job of tracking the network’s resources than Windows 98SE.


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