Printers and Scanners





A printer is a peripheral which makes a persistent human readable representation of graphics or text on paper or similar physical media. Traditional printers are being used more for special purposes, like printing photographs or artwork, and are no longer a must-have peripheral; 3D printing has become an area of intense interest, allowing the creation of physical objects. An image scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Hand-held scanners, where the device is moved by hand, have evolved from text scanning "wands" to 3D scanners used for industrial design, reverse engineering, test and measurement, orthotics, gaming and other applications.

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I had a colleague recently turn on Distributed File-system in our organisation in order to replicate company documents.

Could this also be used to replicate printers, and also could this be the cause of printers disappearing on our network?
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I tried to find a driver for a HP LaserJet Pro M402N printer.  However, when I went to HP's support site, it displays a message stating that there are no drivers available.  Additionally, there is a popup in the corner that states that HP was made aware of a driver vulnerability by a third-party and they have updated drivers available.  I wonder if that is connected to the lack of drivers.

Has anyone else experienced this today?
HP Laser Jet 5550

The printer was moved, whether something has been upset.

When you open the transfer unit, the toner cartridges open, when closed they close (this is the wrong way around).

Have tried all I can think of - removing all cartridges and replacing them, but the trigger on the left operates in reverse.

Obviously, the printer will not print
In my Access program on a form I have a button that allows the user to choose a scanner and then scan 1-10 items one at a time.  I have a loop which pauses so that the person can put on another sheet.  Currently though the user has to pick the scanner every time in the loop because I use this line:

Set wiaScanner = wiaDialog.ShowSelectDevice

The scanner popup appears, they click on the scanner they want and it runs beautifully.  The problem is that I only want them to pick the scanner once and then have the system remember their choice no matter if they are scanning 2 pages or 10 pages.  Currently the above line of code is inside the loop for scanning (where I set various scanner properties) but when I tried moving it outside the loop, on the second go around it would error out asking for an object (so I am assuming it forgot the scanner) so I moved it back inside the loop.

I have not been able to make this happen no matter what I try (I even tried sendkeys to manipulate the dialog box but that failed).

Does anyone know how I can have the system remember the selected scanner? Another option could be that the user puts 1-10 pages on the feeder, the scanner scans them all in at once and I use VBA to chop up the scanned pages into 1-10 individual files (this way I do not even need a loop and I can use the scanning code just once).

Need reasonably priced Home Office Twain compatible scanning documents software.  MP Navigator suite me well for years but they no longer distribute it with the Canon MX series MFP.  What's a really intuitive scanning software that initiates the scan for ADF or flatbed, makes simple adjustments for single or double sides series of documents, and gives you options for a couple standard formats like PDF or tif, etc?  Is there a really intuitive and elegantly done software that does all that plus organizes your scan documents well?
I can not print multiple MS Word documents (.docx suffix) that are in a single folder, from File Explorer, and the right click menu also does not work in the MS Word Open File dialogue box. All of this used to work when I was creating and printing .doc files, created with Word 2003 Pro. I currently have Word 2016 Pro. What is it about the file extension that determines multi-file printability? Can the same capability be made to happen for .docx files? TIA.
Hello All,

I recently started as a Junior Sysadmin in a company and need to do a complete  Network map(including workstations, printers, firewall, etc).
.Is there any free software which I can run on the network and get the entire map with details?
Posted a previous question about removing the password from a PDF that I DO have the password for.  Just to simplify opening it going forward (accountant emailed tax returns with our SSN on them).  Different ways to do that, but printing to a new PDF is 1 way and seems to be (for me) the cheapest / simplest way.

Touches on another issue that I've wondered about for a long time.

Printing  a PDF (or even a web page or text doc, etc) to PDF using different apps can yield wildly different size documents.

Any (free preferred) app that you like for printing to PDF ... and makes small resulting files?

I know with this password protected file (monochrome text), the original was 90KB and any app I tried using to make a PDF resulted in files that  was hundred Kilobytes / megabytes.

And even PDF Forge - for a password protected PDF, it won't even print to PDF (at least when viewing it from Adobe Reader.

From PDF Forge forum:

it isn't really up to us, this is a Ghostscript "feature". Ghostscript is what PDFCreator uses internally to convert the Postscript print data to PDF and other formats.
The idea behind it (I guess) is that you can't use Ghostscript to strip protection from PDF files. Even though the settings allow print, printing it to a virtual PDF printer will basically remove the user password for you, so it is really something different than printing it to a piece of paper. On the other hand, if you have the password and you can view/copy all content …
One of our clients is experiencing a problem with printing to a shared Epson SC-P600 printer. It goes to the the queue and spools up to around 10x the original size then fails as the printer appears to be timing out. This is happening to both .PDF and .JPEG.

So far I have tried; Restarting the devices, removing the printer and re-adding, Restarting the print spooler, removing the share then re-sharing, deleting the printer from the original source, reinstalling the drivers.

Is there anything that i am missing?
On a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller we can no longer connect to it using a UNC path from another server or desktop which is causing problems for people printing on the printers shared on that server.

The error is "The specified network name is no longer available "

This DC is also the FSMO role holder, DHCP, RRAS and Veeam Proxy Server, no other network related issues seem to be effected at the moment.

Here's what we know/have tried:

1) The server can connect to its own UNC path and other UNC paths.
2) Other devices CAN connect to the UNC path using its static IP address and they can ping the server name successfully indicating DNS is working
3) The NIC is using domain profile (not private or public)
4) No configuration changes have taken place
5) Nothing in the event logs indicate a serious issue
6) Workstation, Server and Netlogon services along with all other Automatic services are started on the problem server
7) We've tried a reboot of the server
8) We have disabled the Windows Firewall and AV to test

Temporarily we are adding the printers for the user connecting to the IP address

There are loads of links out there but there are various reasons why this could be the case?

Thanks for any advice
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Need to remove old network printers/copiers from all user's machines.  I have a Powershell script that remove all the specific printers/copiers as we don't want to remove all networked printers such as locally shared printers (we are in a virtual environment and share the locally connected printers over the network to the virtual machine).  Now I know that I can just put the script in a logon script and deploy it through GP but we need to run this today without interrupting the users by a logon/off of the computers.  Is there another way to deploy the Powershell script remotely?  Or perhaps there is another solution to remove the select printers through Group Policy?  We have already tried deleting the printers through Group Policy via the route of User Config > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Printers.  But that only removes the network printers/copiers that were installed by Group Policy....not those network printers/copiers manually installed through control panel, which we also need removed.
I want to make custom shape cutters (not to be used for food) and I think the best way to achieve that is with a 3D printer. I want to make a lot and getting a company to make them is too expensive in the long haul. What 3D printers do you recommend? I'm looking for something small-sized and easy to use. What filaments do you recommend as well? Lastly, what programs do you use for creating the design?
Hi, I have an Access database that I have placed on our company's network.  There are four of us that use the database on a daily basis (order entry, inv. mgt., shipping, etc.).  I have created a report that prints out shipping labels to a Dymo networked label printer, but I'm having problems getting the report to print correctly from each of the four machines.  If I format a report to print from one of the machines (Page Setup>Printer>[Options]), then the same information does not seem to be copied to the other three machines.  Currently, I can print labels from all 4 machines, but the format on one of the machines is messed up (that problem machine thinks I'm printing onto an address label even though the report has been created and formatted for a larger shipping label).  

I can't quite discern where Access' print control starts/stops, and the machine's device manager>printer starts/stops.  

Is there a way for me to maintain print control from within the report so that everybody's machine prints the same?

Hi all, I have a Lexmark XM7263 printer. I recently changed the router it was connected to since the old one is broken. I set up this router and have it cabled to the printer and while the printer can receive print requests off the wifi network, it does not seem to be able to scan documents and email them. Whenever this happens it prints off the following error message: connection failure: -11 Could not resolve the server address. I updated the IP address on the printer but nothing seems to work and I am at wits end, thank you for any help!
Need a WiFi label printer

I do not like messing with Avery labels on a single sheet, passing it through my laser printer.

A sheet with 24 labels may need to pass through 24 times, causing the label to become dark. It just does not suit me.

I need standard label sizes and hope to set it up using WiFi and always loaded with blank labels, so I can just print.

What designs meet this need?

I expect to use Word to print the labels.
One of my users started reporting this problem last week.

When they print to a Canon printer from Microsoft Word, it prompts for a department ID and PIN.  As soon as this screen appears it crashes and will not accept any input.  The error that Windows shows is "Print driver host for 32bit applications has stopped working."

Operating system is Windows 7.  Version of Microsoft Office is 2010.

The printer is a shared printer on a print server.

The printer works fine on other computer and in different applications.

Here are the troubleshooting steps I've performed:

1.  Removed / reinstalled printer from the print server.  Same issue.
2.  Cleared our print queue manually and restarted print spooler.  Same issue.
3.  Reinstalled printer as a network printer with the latest drivers from the Canon website.  Same issue.
4.  Reinstalled with the PS and Generic drivers from the Canon website.
5.  Ran sfc /scannow.
6.  Reinstall Office 2010.
7.  Tried printing with different fonts in Word.  Same issue.
8.  Tried recreating profiles and trying different user accounts.  Same issue.
9.  Installed latest patches and updates.
After a recent Windows update my printer are not responding and when I try to print a document it freezes the entire device
Hi everyone,

I have a server (windows server 2016) configured to run applications.
Every end-user connects to this server in order to run an specific software (desktop app). Within that software the user can use the option to "prints" documents. The first issue here is that those documents had barcodes. If I do a preview of the document using the app everything looks good, but once I want to print it, the barcodes are missed.

So, what I've done is to install "PrimoPDF" and tell the user to select that printer to save the documents with the barcodes. Works so good! But,

Second and main issue is that if I set a default printer to be a "Physical printer" and the user goes to the app and try to print the document, selecting "PrimoPDF", the document goes to the physical printer and not to the virtual one (PrimoPDF). For example, in "Devices and Printers", I have a LaserJet printer as my default printer. And have install also PrimoPdf, a virtual printer. Within the software if I want to print the document, then select the virtual one from the list cause I don't want to print in papers, but it goes to the physical printer.

This escenario does no happens with a previous version of Windows Server  2016. It also does not happen on Windows 7 and Windows 10. It takes the one that the user selects. I was doing a reaserch on this subject and I found this link/pages on Technet: …
I have an HP CP4525 color laserjet printer that gets stuck during the boot up process at 5/6 CF.  Anyone know what could be causing this and how to correct it?
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Can the Same HP Universal PCL print driver for a HP M601 printer Also be used for similar but different Model HP printers.

Example : Install this same universal print driver for an HP 4200 LaserJet.


So I am working at the local Hospital and there is a printer,

Xerox WorkCentre 4260

System Software Version:
Main Controller:
Network Controller:      4.02.01
IP Core Software Version      6.6.3.P
DADF :      1.04
PCL5E Version:      PCL5e 6.18.10 12-06-2012
PCLXL Version:      PCL6 05-15-2012
PS Version: 11-19-2012
PDF Version:      PDF V1.00.80 04-20-2009
TIFF Version:      TIFF 0.91.00 10-07-2008

and when a User is printing with Color set ON
if one - two sheet(s) are printed out then it will get color.
If you try to print more that that then some will come in color the rest are all B/W

EX: This staff member prints off the scheduling for all of the hospital departments, its in an excel sheet with some cells are color coded for time off/vacation/dept/etc...

some of the cells are "gray" as if monotone was on, when it should clearly be in color.

The driver on the Print Server:


"Xerox Global Print Driver PCL6"

"Xerox GPD PCL6 V4.1.585.13.0"

the attected user is using a Windows 7 Entiprise 32Bit
Installed a Dymo Label Printer and it worked. Now its giving the following error in attachment if someone can advise thanks.
i shared the printers through the Group policy with an alias name .
the print server has analis  xxxpri in DNS.
when a user want print something , then the print button is grayed out.
I am priting from terminal server
how i can make the print button vailable again?
Dear Experts,

We have some problems with RDS and default printer settings.
My first thought was the checkbox "Redirected Printers" in the RDP icon.
But even when i disabled this, users get a random printer assigned as their default.
Most of the time its a complete other printer. or the PDF writer.
I tried several group policy settings like.

Do not set default client printer to be default printer in a session

Still it jumps everytime.
Problem is. users need to redirect printers and some users dont need redirected printers.
And they all want their own default printer obviously.

Any suggestions? where to start?
I have an Epson Workforce DS-560 scanner with ADF.  It uses the Epson Scan software on my laptop and connects to the scanner via my WLAN.

I have recently purchased an Epson Workforce ES-300W portable scanner and plan to use it via USB connection to the same laptop.  Will this cause any issues trying to use both scanners on the same laptop??  Do they both use the same Epson Scan software?

Printers and Scanners





A printer is a peripheral which makes a persistent human readable representation of graphics or text on paper or similar physical media. Traditional printers are being used more for special purposes, like printing photographs or artwork, and are no longer a must-have peripheral; 3D printing has become an area of intense interest, allowing the creation of physical objects. An image scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Hand-held scanners, where the device is moved by hand, have evolved from text scanning "wands" to 3D scanners used for industrial design, reverse engineering, test and measurement, orthotics, gaming and other applications.