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Can't detect printer port

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Golfpak2001, Jan 27, 2004.

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  1. Golfpak2001

    Golfpak2001 Thread Starter

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    Hey everyone!

    I'm having a problem with my printer, a Canon Bubble-Jet S300, running XP Home. It was working a few weeks ago and then I moved and now it won't work. I've uninstalled it, re-installed with updated drivers, or rather I tried to re-install it, but it keeps coming back saying it can't detect the printer port which is LPT1. I even tried switching ports to no avail. I've done pretty much all the basics, even uninstalling the port and re-installing it--Nothing.
    Any ideas out there?
     
  2. Golfpak2001

    Golfpak2001 Thread Starter

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    You mean to tell me that NOBODY here knows anything about this?? Somebody has to know something to fix this. Anybody?????
     
  3. cj_white

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    do you have a printer icon at all when you go to printers in control panel? if yo do right click on printer and goto properties. click on the ports tab. see if there is an LPT1 listed. if not create it and see if that works. also does your printer have a USB connection? if it does i would use that cuz its a lot faster
     
  4. Bad Monkey

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    As cj stated, try using the printer through USB (if it has USB) and see if that works. If so, at least we know that the printer itself works.

    Some other suggestions in addition to cj's (in no particular order) are:

    A) Try using a different printer cable and see how that works.

    B) Try going into the BIOS and check to see if your parallel port (LPT1) is enabled. I actually had this problem a few weeks ago and it turned out that the port was not enabled in my BIOS settings.

    C) Connecting printer to another computer and see what happens.
     
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