Cool trick! How to do nozzle checks as a scheduled task

palombian

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In my Windows 10 Scheduler this works (triggered every 2 days with my normal user account)

C: \AUTONOZZLE\AUTONOZZLE.BAT

(remove the space after the C: otherwise you would have read :\)

NET USE LPT3: \\INSPIRON\PRO9500
COPY PRO9500.SPL LPT3
NET USE LPT3: /DELETE

PS: I stopped this since I can't find any advantage versus switching the printer on only when needed
 

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Sorry I didn't provide more info...I'm running Win8.1. I didn't have to fool with admin rights for the other two batch files/scheduled tasks. They run perfectly and on schedule. Can't figure out why I'm running into issues with the Pro-100. And I tend to agree with your conclusion, @palombian, with one exception...the fat black in my MP780 has been a thorn in my side for years. I used MIS Autoprint but realized after yet another clog that the limitations of that program wouldn't resolve my issue...Autoprint can't accomodate using a .txt file that would exercise the 3ebk black. I was manually printing a Word document periodically but my summers get pretty busy outdoors so I ended up with a clogged printhead again. I now have that situation under control with this batch file. I probably don't need it for the PRO-100...it has never failed me no matter how long it sits idle, sometimes for months.
 

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@mmcmusnret, If you ever need another hobby, try getting a 3D printer, now there’s something that will keep you interested and busy...High recommended...:D
 

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And if you have a partner make sure you have a pre-nuptial agreement in place before buying the 3D printer - you have been warned :lol:
Either that or you better print some useful stuff for your partner ;)
 

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I was looking for a way to do scheduled nozzle checks on my printers. (every 3 days for me)
I know MIS autoprint exists, but it sends a purge page without actually telling me the nozzles are clean.

I've found a way!!! The trick is to capture the data sent to the printer for a nozzle check, and keep the spool
file to use in whatever way we wish.

1. First share the printer from the printers folder in the control panel. Give it a simple name because we will need to create a batch file later on.
I shared mine as "IP4500".

2. Pause the print queue for that printer. To do this, double click on the printer in the printers section of the control
panel. Then click on the "PRINTER" menu and on the "PAUSE PRINTING"

3. Run the nozzle check utility from your printer driver software. You will see the data go from the driver to the
print spooler, but it will stay stuck in the spooler
I cannot get this to work on my PRO-1000 printer. The nozzle check seems to get printed without going to the print queue so no files get left in spool\PRINTERS even if printing is paused.

Any ideas to get this working?
 
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