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Problem

When you start Windows 98, a small amount of text may be sent to the local printer. When this occurs, the printer may or may not eject the page after the text is printed. The text varies, but typically includes extended or unintelligible characters.

The printer may also display an error code. When you attempt to print a document you may receive a message that the printer is offline or out of paper.

Solution

This is a Microsoft issue and they have provided a solution on their website in Article ID: Q157145 - www.microsoft.com

Extended or unintelligible character when using Windows 98