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USB Printer Cable/Port and Power Managem

By howard_pincham ·
I am running Win98 SE on a homebuilt AMD K62-350 PC. I purchased a QVS UC-1284 cable to connect my HP LJ3p printer to my USB port. A problem developed about 9 months ago where the printer will not print after a reboot/power on. The error message from Win98 says "the port [that the printer is on] is not available or improperly configured...". I have to put the PC in standby mode, and then restore it in order to print. The machine prints fine until the next time that I have to power down or reboot. Deleting and restoring the port has the same effect.

I have reported this problem to QVS and Microsoft, searched their knowledge bases, applied their patches for ACPI and USB and tried their recommendations. My wife will strangle me if I don'tget this working. Many kudos and points to the person that figures this one out!! [howard_pincham@yahoo.com]

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by clover252525 In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Two solutions come to mind: first, don't power the computer down. Disable the power management in BIOS and enable Windows power management in control panel to switch the monitor off after, say, 15 mins (it's the monitor that draws a lot of power, not the computer). I realise this doesn't "fix" the problem but it may avoid it.

The second is, why not run the printer from the parallel port? I run mine from the parallel and reserve the USB for my digital camera. Nothing conflicts with anything that way. The speed of the printer depends on the available memory, not necessarily the port used.

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by howard_pincham In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Thanks -- the computer is on all of the time. Of course Win98 hangs or resets and causes the problem. I have another device on the parallel port.

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by dmiles In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Some problem can be caused by the settings other than LPT1,Power the computer on ,at the start-up page,hit the key referenced in the bottom left corner (delete),open to the CMOS control panel,in the configuration make sure that spp is shown.

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by howard_pincham In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Thanks -- I don't know what spp is. The CMOS settings are correct as far as I can determine.

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by lucard In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

I've seen this before. It's all because of the poor BIOS support for USB devices. Some motherboards have problems even booting with an USB device connected. So, there are two ways to solve this: first, check for a BIOS upgrade, second, if you do not find any or it doesn't solve your problem try avoiding booting with the printer connected and try to connect it after the system is up’n’running .

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by howard_pincham In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Thanks -- I have already applied the latest BIOS upgrade. Booting with/without the device, connecting disconnecting the device did not work.

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by Mogge In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Change your powersupply unit to a 250Watt.
It may help.

Or try to upgrade the Motherboard?s BIOS.

Good luck. :-)

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by howard_pincham In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Thanks -- power supply is at 250 Watts currently. BIOS is at the highest level.

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by technofox In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Check your motherboard Manufacturer for the latest bios updates and/or patches for your motherboard. Check irq settings and I/O range for conflicts. If all else fails read the motherboard manual.

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by howard_pincham In reply to USB Printer Cable/Port an ...

Thanks -- BIOS at highest level, latest chipset drivers and OS patches are installed. No IRQ oe I/O conflicts found.

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