Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:40 AM
My PC is running Win XP (SP3). The PC has 3 GHz speed and 3.5 GB of RAM. It is connected to a parallel printer, an HP 4L. All worked fine until my hard drive failed. I replaced the HD, reinstalled Win XP, and now everything works except not the printer.
I have tried to print from five different applications, some Windows-based, some DOS-based. Nothing is sent to the printer and I get error message (this page did not print). I have self-tested the printer and it prints the self-test print page fine. It cannot print the test page from the Windows Printer menu. It cannot print from the command prompt, using the print command or the copy con command. I have tried configuring the printer (in Windows) to use LPT1 and LPT2; no difference in the result.
As I did the first time I set up the printer (Dec. 2008), I have installed the latest drivers from HP. I have deleted, reinstalled, with restarts of the system in between. I have deleted the port that it says it's using (LPT1) in the device manager and have reinstalled it.
Are there any diagnostic tests I can try? Anything else to consider? I suspect the PC may be confused about the port; it seems to think LPT1 is active but before the reinstall it was LPT2 that was active.
Thanks for any ideas,