Problems Printing on Novell Network with MS-DOS 5.0 (75272)

The information in this article applies to:
    Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0

This article was previously published under Q75272


After installing the Novell network redirector, attempting to print to a local parallel printer immediately returns the error:

Not ready writing to LPT1
This error can be caused if the Novell SHELL.CFG file contains a line setting the number of local printers to zero. Changing this line to indicate the correct number of local printers may remedy this problem. For example, if you have one parallel printer connected to LPT1, confirm that the SHELL.CFG file contains


or delete the LOCAL PRINTERS= line from the SHELL.CFG file altogether.


Novell recommends adding LOCAL PRINTERS=0 into the SHELL.CFG file only if the workstation does not have a printer connected to its parallel port. By adding this line, you can prevent a workstation from hanging if the SHIFT and PRINT SCREEN keys are pressed while the workstation is not spooling.

For more information on Novell Netware and the SHELL.CFG file, please contact your authorized Novell reseller.

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Modification Type: Major Last Reviewed: 11/19/1999
Keywords: KB75272