I have been using an HP series 4 printer under Red Hat 5.2 for
some time without any problems. If I disconnect the parallel
cable from my desktop with linux and connect it to my laptop
running W98, print from W98, and then reconnect my
desktop, linux will no longer print correctly. After an lpr, the
printer light blinks indicating that it is recieving information, but
the printed material is garbage.
I have had moderate success by rebooting my linux box and reseting the
printer, but this does not always work.
A student of mine does not have this problem with an older HP series II
(other equipment and OS's the same). Is the windows driver for the
printer messing up some setting in the printer itself? This is
driving my crazy, and I have no idea what is going on.
I have used a manual swith box to allow two machines to acces the
printer, independently. Is the box the problem?