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MS-DOS Application Prints Incomplete Pages

Article ID: 101850

Article Last Modified on 2/20/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

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All MS-DOS application printing is done through the Windows NT spooler system. In order to know when to send a job to the spooler, there is a time-out on the printer port. Once something has been printed to the port, if this time-out passes with no more data presented to the port, the print job is sent to the spooler. On a slow computer running a complex calculation to produce the print job, it is possible that the time-out can expire during this calculation. This will cause the printout to appear over multiple pages instead of a complete page. To solve this problem, increase the time-out. Change the registry setting to the following:


The default value is 15 seconds.

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