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There are generally options in the print driver than either print directly to the printer, or use spooling on the PC. If you spool, the PC should not be tied up. This is independent of having a print server. I don't know how much the print server (like an axis box) buffers the data, but I doubt it is 10s of megabytes. You can keep the old PC for surfing the net. That is one good way to keep viruses off the new PC. Since you sound like you want to set up a home network, get a router switch rather than a plain switch. This would allow you to share a modem between the old and new PC, putting both on the net at the same time. Something like a SMC barricade 7004 would do the trick for under $100. That is what I use even for a dial up, though it is designed for broadband. It has a print server port as well, though I can't say I ever used it since I owned the axis box first. If you want to run two PCs, you may need a KVM if your monitor doesn't have a video switch. > -----Original Message----- > From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of > Bernie Epstein > Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2002 5:34 AM > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: Polaroid Sprintscan 4000 connectivity > > > You may be right about just > using the new > box for everything (if nothing else, my electricity bill might be > lower!). I > just wanted to guarantee that sending a 16"x20" B&W image to my > Epson 3000 via > the Piezo driver would not tie up my computer for 30 minutes or > more while it > was printing, as it did with the old box. > > Bernie > > - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.