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By wsampson ·
I have two printers attached to my PC one is a HP 4plus and the other HP officejet 700 series.

When I send a job to one printer after it is complete I send a job to the other printer and switching the switch to the other position I get the message that LPT1 is being used. But the other print job is completed.

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Woody

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by humeye In reply to AB Switch

old hp printers do not like mechanical switches. from my experience in the computer troubleshooting world, the best way is to get another parallel port, as mentioned. the computer probably does not recognize the other printer since it was not "initialized" at the startup of your operating system. mechanical switches do not allow 2 printers to be used at any one time.

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by humeye In reply to AB Switch

run scandisk on your computer and choose the long test. it will scan the physical cylinder of the hard drive and make sure there are no "defections" on it. if there is, format will get stuck on trying to format something that will not take the format. scandisk will set aside the bad sector, so format will complete.

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by sburnett In reply to AB Switch

I noted a similar problem. Installing the drivers of the Officejet printer usually includes a "monitoring" type program that runs resident. It is based on continually polling the port. Therefore, if you print to the Officejet then switch to the HP4, the monitor is still polling and the port is "in use". Look in STARTUP or in WIN.INI for this monitoring program and delete it.

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by rpratt In reply to AB Switch

One other thing to look at is in the printer spool properties. Click Start, Settings, Printers, and right-click on one of the printers. Select 'Properties' from the drop down. Click on the 'Details' tab, then click the 'Spool Settings' button. De-select the check box that says 'Enable Bidirectional Communications'. Do this for both printers. I would also disable the print monitor by removing the entry from the "Load=" section of WIN.INI.

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