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Win 98sem Says It Can't Access Printer Port; But Nothing Else Is Using It.

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#1 Marebare


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Posted 19 April 2006 - 07:59 PM

Each time I try to print, I keep getting an error message "error writing to USBPRN01 for printer. Cannot access port. It may be in use by another program; exit other programs and try again." -- But there are not any other programs running! I click on the printer Properties and check the ports (and tried 'capture port') and nothing different happened. It keeps stating the USBPRN01 and USBPRN02 "Device not connected". but I checked all the physical hardware-- the USB cable is seated well at both ends.
One other time I had printer problems, but it was a missing part of the printer driver; I uninstalled and reinstalled the driver. Then I had this same dumb port problem; I overcame that by deleting the "new" hardware I had just installed the driver for. To be honest, I don't know why I had a corrupted driver to begin with.
I often wonder if my Win 98SE is just becoming too corrupted itself. But when I run a general scan of System File Checker, everything comes back OK.
How can I tell the difference from my hard drive crashing, or Windows becoming corrupted?

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#2 Herk


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Posted 19 April 2006 - 09:32 PM

I can think of two things that might help, but USB port problems can be a nightmare to fix. Windows 98 can support USB 2.0 drivers, but they need to be installed from a third party. I don't know if you're using USB 1.0, 1.1 or 2.0. Windows 98 info.

Another thing that can screw up USB ports is either a damaged or corrupted USB device or an old printer .pif file that is lingering. See this for that.

Another MS note.

I don't know if this is any help, but you might see if you can tell us which version of USB you're using.

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