USB Data Error(Cyclic Redundancy Check) when Printing

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michael sche

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I just started to get this error message.

I am running a Win98 machine and receiving the error when printing on hy HP PSC 2210 printer. I recently started to use a TRENDnet 4-Port Bus-Power USB Hub (my PC only has two USB ports) and I was having no problems printing at all until just now. I did some research and found some solutions (ie turning off the printer, unplugging the usb cable, restarting, plugging in the USB cable, turning on the printer) but that did not seem to work. When I disconnect the hub and plug the printer in directly to the USB port I can print fine....so obviously the problem is with the hub.

Any ideas and also why it did work but now causes me problems.

I guess I should go out and buy a powered USB hub, but the ones I have seen don't seem to support Win98.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

Michael
 
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The hub may not be as much of the problem as Windows 98 is.

USB is very hit-and-miss on 98, and only slightly better on Windows 98 SE.

It sounds like the data is getting screwed via the hub. The CRC error refers to some data bits getting lost or changed. Suspect your cables as well, particularly the PC to hub one. Also power can be a problem with non powered hubs. I would never run one for that reason.
 

michael sche

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Thanks for the info. The cable to the Hub is wired to it, so I have a feeling its just the whole Win98/USB/Hub thing. Do you think a powered hub would work better?
 
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If the printer is the only device using the hub, then that would eliminate the power issue.

The hub shares the available port power among all outlets.

Also consider the chipset drivers for your motherboard. Are you using up-to-date ones?
 

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Personally I would never buy an Non-Powered USB hub; there simply seems to be too many issues with devices not working with them.

An alternative to a Hub, and generally better then a hub, is a USB PCI add-in card. It goes into a free PCI slot and adds 2 or 4 USB 1.1 or the new/faster USB 2.0 ports. And since it includes the USB controller on the card it eliminates your current chipset as a possible source of the problem - older Intel chipset's have problems with many devices, especially HP All-in-One units.

Here's the cheapest I found on Newegg.com: http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=15-201-206&depa=0
 
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