using printer a/b switchbox in w2k
Posted on 2004-04-28
i have a user running w2kpro here at the office who needs more printers at her desk than the ports on the back of her computer allow.
in w98 i was able to use an a/b switchbox to go between her laser printer and a thermal label printer that plugged into LPT1.
we recently upg the office to w2kpro and she's been having the following problem:
when she switches the a/b switchbox from the laser printer to the label printer w2k complains that a device was not 'ejected or unplugged properly'.
the result is that when she switches the box back from the label printer to the laser printer she gets some obscure driver errors and has to restart the computer in order to resume using the laser printer.
the obvious solution I thought was to enable the eject/unmount icon in the task bar. but, when that interface pops up it does not find the printer which evidently needs to be ejected.
this is kind of a catch 22, no? windows complains if the printer is not ejected properly. but, attempts to eject properly do not appear possible, at least in the eject/unmount utility.