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Thread: Flushing printer stuff
2002-06-07, 13:02 #1
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Flushing printer stuff
From time to time I get caught - I put a piece of blank paper in the manual feed of the HP4L printer and WHOOSH! out comes something left over from last night, or Thursday last week - the tail end of a graphic from a web page I suppose.
Most of my printing is one-sheet stuff - I'm a less-paper sort of guy.
It strikes me that a useful utility would be a configurable program that would, for each or any selected printer:
1) Empty the spool queue of files waiting to be printed and
2) Send a flush-buffer command to the specific printer.
The first option seems to be a Windows-oriented thing; there *has* to be some command-line or short startup-folder command that will empty the spool for any one printer, and by extension all assigned printers.
The second option is a tad tricker. There will be many different escape sequences that cause printers to flush buffers (the equivalent on my HP4L of holding down the blue button for 5 seconds), but it ought not be too difficult to assemble a list of such codes. If nothing else the installer of the software could be asked to check the reference manual for the printer and type/paste in the sequence?