Write Fault Error Printing from MS-DOS-Based Programs

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When you try to print from an MS-DOS-based program in Windows 95, you mayreceive the following error message:
Write fault error writing device LPT1
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?
This error can occur if the printer has been placed in Work Offline mode.
To correct this problem, follow these steps to disable the Work Offlinesetting:
  1. Click the Start button, point to Settings, then click Printers.
  2. Double-click the icon for the printer you want to print to.
  3. On the Printer menu, click Work Offline to disable the setting.
Note that you can re-enable the Work Offline setting by repeating thesesteps.
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This error is likely to occur on notebook computers that are removed fromand rejoined to a docking station. When a notebook computer is undocked,the printer is automatically placed in Work Offline mode.

The Work Offline mode disables MS-DOS spooling for the local port. Ifthere is not a printer physically attached to the computer, printing froman MS-DOS-based program generates the error message stated above.

Article ID: 130716 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 11:10:00 - Revision: 2.0

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