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Greedy Default Printer

by laskew / October 21, 2003 2:48 PM PDT

I have two XP Pro machines, peer to peer via IP, one shares a local Epson C84 on LPT1 with the other. I also have an HP LaserJet 4Plus with an MIO print server installed. When I installed the Epson (replacing a dead Cannon) it assumes default printer status when a print job is sent it's way (the HP should be default on both machines). I have deleted, installed and shared each printer in every way imaginable. Currently both printers access the HP via IP port and the remote PC accesses the Epson via //IP Address/share name.

The XP machines are virus free, have patches installed and latest drivers for each printer. The network utilizes static IP addresses for each of the computers and the laser printer. The only variable that has changed as far as I can tell is the replacement of the Cannon inkjet with the Epson C84, both on LPT1, both shared. I have searched Epson's site to no avail and have not yet gotten a satisfactory answer from Epson tech support.

Any ideas?

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Re:Greedy Default Printer
by David Chan / October 21, 2003 3:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Greedy Default Printer

Not quite clear about your problem...

Am I correct in saying that the Epson has taken over as the Default Printer for both PCs but you want the HP (on the Print Server) to be the default?

And right-click the HP in each PC and setting it as the Default Printer doesn't work?

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Re:Re:Greedy Default Printer
by laskew / October 21, 2003 11:59 PM PDT

Yes, the HP should be the default printer and is until I print to the Epson, then it becomes the default. The problem is that the HP will not remain as the default printer. Printing to the Epson from either computer causes the remote computer to see it as the default printer.

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Re:Re:Re:Greedy Default Printer
by David Chan / October 22, 2003 12:24 AM PDT

Normally the setting should retain!

But it seems the LPT1 port has precidence over the Print Server...

Perhaps it's the Print Server?

Is it possible to swap it for a HP Print Server?

Or you may have no choice but to use the File | Print method and then manually select which printer to use.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Greedy Default Printer
by laskew / October 22, 2003 2:42 PM PDT

I got a response from Epson today on my second attempt to send the issue up the chain. They state that this is a known issue with a small group of users. Epson reports that they will continue to gather data on the issue and release information on the support section of their website. Until then, no sharing the new C84 for me.

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Epson Stylus Photo R800, too
by jfinlayson / February 10, 2005 12:01 AM PST

Similar problem with the Epson Stylus Photo R800, though its driver seems to be even more greedy for default printer status. I've witnessed it seize default status even without printing to it.

Whether this "known issue" really does only affect a "small group of users" I don't know, but even if there are more of us than they claim, I suspect that Epson isn't particularly motivated to fix the bug, since the misdirected print jobs it causes only results in higher Epson ink consumption, which is where their profits come from.

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that's why
by jack1957 / March 1, 2005 3:37 AM PST

that's why I use the bulk ink system/continuous inkking system frmo InkRepublic.com
their chipset can automatically reset the ink level without stopping any printing job.
besides, I wont be ripped off by pricy epson cartridge.

here is the link for R800's inkking system:
http://www.inkrepublic.com/ProductDetail.asp?item=R800

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