Re: Printer printing random characters
Originally Posted by memory
I have got it working now. I was able to delete it then I let Windows XP recognize and install it.
One thing I don't understand is when it prints random characters, even if the printer is unplugged for a while, when it is plugged back in, it still continues. Why?
How do you restart the print spooler?
This is happening because printers have their own internal memory and in some cases they don't get erased from being unplugged, the best way to do it is to unplug it and hold the power button down for like 10 seconds, this should completely reset and empty any on-board memory that might retain information (it is a rare thing but its happened to me several times with clients)
And if it is indeed the spooler than to restart it you need to do Start-Run-services.msc-press enter and in that list select Print Spooler and select Restart.
Alternatively you could press Windows Key-R and type "net stop spooler" and then open Run (Windows Key -R) again and type "net start spooler" and that restarts the windows print spooler.
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