[XPPro] XP - adding duplicate local printer
At work I have a user who has 2 HP 1536 printers. One in each of the locations he works at. Both are connected via USB.
He's just received a reimaged machine and needs the printer installed twice.
On his previous computer he had the printer installed twice and each instance named differently. For example Location1 and Location2.
What he could do on his previous computer was if he was in Location 1 he could print a document but select the printer for Location 2 and the document would simply go to the print queue for Location 2. Then when he arrived at Location 2 and connected the printer it would automatically start printing whatever documents were in the queue.
I have yet to figure out how he had that set up.
I've tried installing the printer a second time but of course Windows already sees that it's installed no matter what USB port we connect to.
I've also created a duplicate (copy) of the printer and added a new port called USB002 (the printer is currently on USB001).
With that set up I could send a test page to the copy while the customer is connected to the printer in location 1 and it wouldn't print (which I thought resolved the issue, I assumed the test page was in the location 2 queue). But this morning when he gets to location 2 and connected the printer nothing printed.
So apparently the test page vanished.
Also, we no longer have access to his old computer so I can't see how it was set up there.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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What I would do is remove the second instance of the printer.. [The one that does not work.]
Rename the 1st instance of the printer - location 1..
- I would then disconnect the printer, and connect it to a different usb port. MS Windows should auto detect it.. and attempt to setup the printer - on that port. Go ahead and call it location 2. Make sure to have it use existing driver- if it ask to be setup as default printer - select no.
Basically, the way I described above should allow you to setup the printer for two different locations. As for the print when you connect to the printer at location 2- that is because of the 'Use Printer in Offline Mode' - which will allow you to save the print cue- until connected to that printer.
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Thanks, I've tried that but I'll try again.
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Is the problem simply that you are trying to use the same printer name twice?
Try using a name like HP1536A for the printer physically at Location 1 and HP1536B for Location 2.