Pausing HP2430n Printing During Non-office Hours



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Pausing HP2430n Printing During Non-office Hours

Postby Marty » Sat, 28 Apr 2007 22:01:39 GMT

We have an HP Laserjet 2430n Printer with built-in JetDirect. I need a way 
to automatically stop the print from printing during non-office hours. I 
would need to resume printing manually. We have motion sensors in the office 
and when the office alarm is set and someone prints to the printer during 
off hours using remote desktop, it sets the alarm off and the police show 
up. Everyone is told not to print to that printer when using remote desktop 
but because that printer is set as the default print, just clicking the 
print icon in any office program send the print job automatically to the 
print. We would need to manually resume printing because if Monday was a 
holiday and it resumed automatically, it would set the alarm off.

Any Suggestions,

Re: Pausing HP2430n Printing During Non-office Hours

Postby Alan Morris [MSFT] » Sun, 29 Apr 2007 04:03:18 GMT

Talk to your alarm provider and see it they can rig something to deactivate 
power to the device when the alarm is active.

If the printer is shared from an XP or greater machine, you can schedule a 
task to pause the printer everyday at a specific time

use the vbs scripts in system32

prnqctl -z -p printername

If the sharing machine is Win2k this solution will not work.

Alan Morris
Windows Printing Team
Search the Microsoft Knowledge Base here:
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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

Re: Pausing HP2430n Printing During Non-office Hours

Postby Ross Presser » Sun, 29 Apr 2007 08:13:57 GMT

If the sharing machine is Win2k, you could still use AutoHotkey to
send keystrokes to the printer to pause it.

Or -- maybe a bit drastic -- you could schedule "NET STOP SPOOLER" and
"NET START SPOOLER" to shut down printing completely.

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I attached a image that shows the print status.


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