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Printing from MS Access to HP LaserJet via JetDirect

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We have a problem that has only started in the last few weeks.

We have an Access 2000 database running on a P300 Win98 PC. The PC outputs
Access reports to an HP LaserJet 5L printer, connected to an HP 170
JetDirect on an internal network. The PC has McAfee anti-virus (v7, fully up
to date) and all Windows 98 critical and non-critical updates loaded.

Recently, certain reports are printing with either the occasional incorrect
character within words, or blanks where there should be characters.

So far, we have replaced the PC with another P300 (different make, but
similar spec) PC, again with all anti-virus and Windows updates loaded. This
had no effect. We have checked we are using the latest driver from HP. It
appears to be OK.

We have now replaced the HP LaserJet 5L with another identical printer -
still no effect.

The weird thing is, that the report will work fine for a while, and then
print incorrectly. If we run the same report again immediately, it is fine,
so it does not appear to be a data error.

The same reports run fine from my PC which outputs to a Samsung laser
printer, also connected via a JetDirect.

This, and quite a few other problems, have only started since we set out to
ensure all PCs have all of the latest Windows updates. We have already had
one supplier recommend we re-install MS Office without the latest updates
(ie anything after SP3) as there appear to be bugs in the updates.

Any help on this would be gratefully received.

Regards

Tom Millington
IT Manager
AAVF Bideford
tm*********@aavf.co.uk
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Tom:

1.) I don't recommend that you go to the trouble of reinstalling, but if you
do, always stay with the latest service release, which for A2000 is SR3; it
actually solves many things and we haven't seen any impact such as you are
experiencing caused by that update.

2.) Have you updated to the latest printer drivers available and searched
the knowledgebase at MS regarding the LJ 5? Many LJ's also support using a
post script driver and emulating that; you might try using the PS driver
rathe rthan the PCL driver.

3.) What it sounds like though is that you are having dropped / corrupted
packets. This can come from bad NICs, router or the print server itself.
Have you tried connecting a printer to one of your workstations directly and
running the report routinly that way?
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Steve Arbaugh
ACG Soft
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/attac-cg

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We have a problem that has only started in the last few weeks.

We have an Access 2000 database running on a P300 Win98 PC. The PC outputs
Access reports to an HP LaserJet 5L printer, connected to an HP 170
JetDirect on an internal network. The PC has McAfee anti-virus (v7, fully up to date) and all Windows 98 critical and non-critical updates loaded.

Recently, certain reports are printing with either the occasional incorrect character within words, or blanks where there should be characters.

So far, we have replaced the PC with another P300 (different make, but
similar spec) PC, again with all anti-virus and Windows updates loaded. This had no effect. We have checked we are using the latest driver from HP. It
appears to be OK.

We have now replaced the HP LaserJet 5L with another identical printer -
still no effect.

The weird thing is, that the report will work fine for a while, and then
print incorrectly. If we run the same report again immediately, it is fine, so it does not appear to be a data error.

The same reports run fine from my PC which outputs to a Samsung laser
printer, also connected via a JetDirect.

This, and quite a few other problems, have only started since we set out to ensure all PCs have all of the latest Windows updates. We have already had
one supplier recommend we re-install MS Office without the latest updates
(ie anything after SP3) as there appear to be bugs in the updates.

Any help on this would be gratefully received.

Regards

Tom Millington
IT Manager
AAVF Bideford
tm*********@aavf.co.uk
We have ch

Nov 12 '05 #2

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