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having a single print spool for multiple printers

Posted on 2004-08-15
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I have a client who does a lot of printing. They have recently purchased 2 identical printers (HP Deskjet 1100) and they are connected to the same machine acting as a print server. Is there inexpensive (read cheap or free) software available that would let me have a single queue for both printers? For example, they send a file to print. It goes to the first printer. The second file they print goes to the second. The third file goes to the first printer that is not busy. When listing available printers, there is only one entry. I know there are comercial options available, but this is a small company and it is more of a "nice to have" feature and if a solution costs to much, they aren't interested.
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Question by:ltlchuck
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by:tosh9iii
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Is one printer hooked up by that typical printer port and the other one by USB?

they should both be listed under available printers
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by:ltlchuck
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I forgot to mention in the first post. The computer is running Windows XP. One printer is attached via parallel and the other is USB. THey both show on the printer list, but as separate spools. I would like to have a single spool that prints to the "first available printer".
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by:prifre
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Hi,

All I could find was:
"You need some 3rd party software. We have a product called Print Distributor which will do this. See the url below."

http://www.frogmorecs.com/ng

(taken from http://www.mcse.ms/archive63-2004-2-429148.html)

so... "Free to try, $99 to buy..." it says on Download.com:
( http://www.download.com/Print-Distributor/3000-2088-10237961.html?tag=lst-0-1 )

with a smile
/prifre
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by:AshuraKnight
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Isn't it gonna be a little hard to find your printed files distributed to two printers ?
Well, I like to know where to find my printed files directly rather than look up at two stack of papers (assuming that me & my colleagues send a lot
of data to the print server)
Just my 2cents :)
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by:crissand
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Select Printers and faxes/Properties/Ports, select the checkbox printer pooling and then select the ports which you want to be pooled (you'll have two ports, one for each printer). That's all.
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