Quote: Originally Posted by ltig99
Okay, so I found a work-around to this problem. The bad part is you need a computer that's able to print to the laserjet on your network, but it works!
Here're the basic steps:
- Install pdfCreator from PDFCreator | Get PDFCreator at SourceForge.net on your Windows 7 machine. This is a 'virtual printer' that turns anything you send to it into a PDF file. It appears as a regular printer in windows.
- Create a shared folder on the computer with the printer attached. I called mine 'Spool' and put it in my root directory.
- Open up PDFCreator and go to Printer --> Options --> Auto Save.
- Check the 'Use Auto-save' box. Select pdf as the format to use.
- Check the 'Use this directory for auto-save' box. Enter the shared folder on the other computer that you created in step 2.
- Close the pdfcreator properties window.
- Install Batch Doc Print from batch print pdf and doc files,print directory on the machine with the Laserjet 1000 attached.
- Open Batch Doc Print. Go to Tasks --> Watch Folder.
- Click 'Browse' and select the shared folder you created in step 2.
- Check the 'Monitor the folder when windows start up box.'
- Click 'Add' and then OK.
Now all you have to do is set PDFCreator to be your default printer on your Windows 7 machine and make sure your printer computer is turned on when you want to print! The only downside to this is that Batch Doc Print isn't free, so you have to click 'Try' every time your computer starts up. This doesn't limit it's functionality, so for me it's not a big deal.
OK, you got me thinking about this work around. So I tried it. And it works, but not to my satisfaction. That Batch Doc Print is okay, but annoying and not cheap. So then I had the epiphany! I installed PDF Creator on my XP box instead and set it up as a network printer (so it would download a variety of drivers
for 95, 98, xp, vista, Windows 7, etc).
Then I configured PDF Creator to auto-save to a specific folder (using timedate as default name). Then I told it to print after the save to the LJ1000 hooked to it via USB.
Next I set the new PDF Creator printer as a sharable printer.
Next, on my Windows 7 I created a new network printer and selected the PDF Creator.
Now, whenever I print I just select the PDF Creator printer and voila! The document is printed on the LJ1000 just like old times.
I hope this is helpful.