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Printer recognition with XP

By nkling ·
I have a new Gateway MX6421 notebook with XP Media SP2 on it. I have a Dynex USB to parallel cable attached to a HP LaserJET 4 printer attached to the USB port on the notebook. The System Device shows that I have USB printer support but the printer doesn't seem to know that it is supposed to print. Test pages don't print, nothing prints and the Device Manager doesn't show that a printer is attached. I have added (and deleted) both printer and the USB printer support with no luck. Any ideas?

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by BrokenEagle In reply to Printer recognition with ...

Try plugging another USB device into the USB port to verify that the USB port is not bad.
If the USB port is proven good, then test your Dynex USB to parallel cable with another printer. If it works on another printer, then you may as get a more modern printer (with its own USB cable). If your USB to parallel cable is the problem, then unless you have a bunch of HP LaserJet 4 toner to use up, it might be a good idea to consider getting a new printer anyway.

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