On the show Steve/Leo said that with the print spooler service disabled, we could still print. I tested on a Windows 10 pc and a Windows 7 pc. In each case, this was not true. Am I missing something?
If you right-click on the Printer and select "Printer
Properties", the "Advanced" tab offers the options:
(o) Spool print documents so program finishes printing faster
( ) Start printing after last page is spooled
(o) Start printing immediately
( ) Print directly to printer
So, it's inelegant for Windows not to automatically fall back to
the non-spooling option if the spool service is not running. But
sadly, it's hardly surprising.
It might depend on the printer's settings or the printer itself, as well as what software/hardware you're printing from.The printer properties on both PC's is set to disabled and I can print from both of them.
Funny, I have an old HP Laserjet 6MP that works just fine with a USB to parallel cable. I also have several USB to RS232 convertors & only one works with the application I use it with. So not all USB convertor cables are the same!For example, I have a b/w (grayscale) 1997 HP LaserJet 4000n (a business printer) which doesn't work when connected via a bi-directional USB-to-Centronics parallel printer cable