My resources were dropping, so
last week I installed an additional 512 Mb in my Asus P4/PE mobo, and fried it, a first for me. So I replaced the motherboard with another Asus, a P4P800, cause I didn't want to have to reinstall all my drivers etc. Well I had to anyway. Also had to reinstall Win98SE, on account of windows couldn't see my CD drives any more. Now, everythings fine (even my DSL) except Windows can't see my two printers.
LPT2: (off a NetMos PCI port card) Epson Photo Stylus EX.
The HP test page comes out garbled one line of gibberish/page.
The Epson gets a (There was a problem connecting to LPT2:...)error.
I went for the HP first. rechecked cables, changed port protocols in the (AMI) bios from ECP, to EPP, to Normal. Deleted printer and reinstalled it. Deleted LPT1: and let windows find it on reboot (It did). Tried Fixit Utilities port test (passed). Deleted all references to LPT1: in registry and let Windows recreate them. All no luck.
I ran the Windows printer troubleshooter, and tried printing from boot to dos selection, also no luck. I haven't tried printing from startup disk boot.
Printer Self tests fine.
I haven't touched the Epson yet.
Also, I haven't switched the two printers on the ports ( although now that I think about it that may do the trick. Garbled data on an HP means a bad driver)
I don't want to do a reg restore because the older registries all reference the old mobo, so I think it's a recipe for disaster. I suspect I may need to reinstall WIN98 again !?! but am a little nervous because two printers on completely different port architectures aren't working.
Could Windows be seeing LPT1: as LPT2: ie. reversing the ports internally?
Any advice is appreciated
(There was a post on a similar issue in 7/25/2002, but no resolution ever recorded)