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Unexpected "Error While Printing" (Error LL_ERR_PRINTING), Brother Printer Driver

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Valid from List & Label 1
Some original Brother printer drivers seem to be not capable of issuing multiple print jobs on the same device context. This will lead to an LL_ERR_PRINTING error if the amount of pages leads to multiple jobs (see LL_PRNOPT_JOBPAGES) or when the project is printed the second time from the preview.

Solution: Download the latest Brother drivers from http://solutions.brother.com or use alternative drivers, e.g.

HL1240 - HP LaserJet IIP
HL1250, HL1270N - HP LaserJet 4

Easily reproducable with the following (List & Label independent) code:
#include <windows.h>
#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
{
    PRINTDLG pd = {0};
    DOCINFO di = {0};
    
    pd.lStructSize = sizeof(pd);
    pd.Flags = PD_RETURNDC | PD_RETURNDEFAULT;
    PrintDlg(&pd);
    
    di.cbSize = sizeof(di);
    di.lpszDocName = "test";
    
    for (int i = 0; i < 2; ++i)
    {
        if (StartDoc(pd.hDC,&di) <= 0)
        {
            printf("error %25d, DC=%25x, err=%25x\n",i,pd.hDC,GetLastError());
            break;
        }
        StartPage(pd.hDC);
        Rectangle(pd.hDC,0,0,1000,1000);
        EndPage(pd.hDC);
        EndDoc(pd.hDC);
    }
    DeleteDC(pd.hDC);
    return(0);
}
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