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#16 Gorbulan

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Posted 17 November 2015 - 12:33 PM

Hmmm. I have been looking for more solutions OP, but I can not find them. Not any easy ones anyway. This problem seems to affect older printers, not very old mind you.

 

One solution is to attach the printer to the Network Print Server. That way everybody who connects to the printer, such as the laptop, connects to it through the network. Therefore it can not create a duplicate object. This solution fixes the symptom, but not the disease, so it is not the best solution. It will eliminate duplicate USB printer objects showing up though.



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Posted 20 November 2015 - 04:02 AM

One of my questions is still why would my older printer suddenly be affected when for years, it was not?  Something must have changed, but I don't know what.



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Posted 20 November 2015 - 10:59 AM

One of my questions is still why would my older printer suddenly be affected when for years, it was not?  Something must have changed, but I don't know what.

Has the Windows OS changed in this computer?  Or, has there been changes in operations [such as security and/or monitoring] within Windows?  Any number of seemingly unrelated thingies can cause hiccups or problems with printers and printing.


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Posted 24 November 2015 - 01:14 PM

It has always been Windows Vista.  I have had the same anti-virus for a long time.



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Posted 05 December 2015 - 07:39 PM

Well, unless there is something else to investigate, it looks like I will have to remember to always use the same USB port.  I never had to do that before (?).



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Posted 13 December 2015 - 01:47 AM

Okay, today when I plugged in printer, into the same port I have been using, it reinstalled again.  Since it is now known it is not a matter of a different port, I don't know what is causing this to happen.  It sure is irritating.



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 12:28 PM

Did you mention the exact model name of your Lexmark? I could not find it in this thread. Tell it to me again, anyway.



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 02:31 AM

Z25 

 

Thanks.



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:38 PM

I have looked all over the webwebs regarding your problem ray5450. Sadly, I have found no solutions, and not many answers. You can try and open a ticket with Lexmark support, but they may not be much help if your printer is out of warranty.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 02:22 AM

I seem to remember this same thing happened to another printer I had long ago.  Somehow it stopped doing that, but I don't remember much else.  Maybe it was a Windows reinstall....and, as I said previously, it worked just fine for years on the same system it recently had a problem with.

 

I am currently using a different machine (Windows 7/64), so I can only use this printer through virtual XP.  It does not have that problem in XP, anyway.

 

Yes, printer is years out of warranty, but I think it is a Windows problem and not the printer.



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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:48 AM

Since my last post, the Windows 7 machine developed a bad cord and a bad fan, so I have switched back to this Vista machine.  However, I reinstalled Windows to fix this issue.  It did not fix this issue.  Now, not only does it create a duplicate in each port, but now the driver will not install.  It says:

"Windows found driver software for your device but encountered an error while attempting to install it.  There is no driver selected for the device information set or element." 

 

This is the same Vista driver that I have always used. 

 

Is there a solution?  Thank-you.






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