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Reggie Balines
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 7:37 pm:   

I am using a kinda old comp here that I passed along to my neice it is a PII 233Mhz comp. When I first got it a few years ago it was of course the new thing and I bought a HP DeskJet 712C for a good price. It was working great until about a year ago when I had used the parallel port (same one I use for the printer) for a gaming hardware to download saves and other things. But when I uninstalled my Gaming hardware totally my printer decided not to work anymore telling me the computer could not locate it as well as communicate with it(the printer). So I rebooted the whole computer and made sure it was the same as when I first got it but still it is acting up on me. I tried many things but I believe my Parallel port is just messed up and my printer is still working properly. I have downloading a driver for the printer but it is the same one I have in had so that is not it since I am still using windows 98. I was just wondering if there is anyone out there that can help me with fixing this problem before I just either buy a printer that hooks up through my usb or take a sledge hammer and go balistic on this comp.

Reggie B.
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2002 - 8:51 pm:   

First check in device manager for the printer port if it has an ! next to it than the ports drivers have a problem. It could be just a reinstall of the port driver to cure the problem.
Ronald 202
Posted on Sunday, July 7, 2002 - 3:23 am:   

Last week I bought a second hand Pentium 166 MMX, with 64 MB Ram,2.4 GB harddisk, ATI Videocard, CD Rom Player, the machine has been in a network.
I installed Windows 95, put in a soundcard, and all was working well until I installed a HP Deskjet 720 printer and tried to start up the machine with the printer cable attachted to the parallel port, after the machine had been turned off, e.g power off.
When I tried to start up the machine with the printer cable in the parallel port, only the the light on the monitor flashes up green and then becomes orange and nothing happens, no noise, nothing at all.
When I power down the machine, remove the printer cable and push the power button again, the machine starts up normal.
And then it is possible to attach the printer cable and all works well, perfect printing, no problem at all.
Yes, I've removed the printer, reinstalled again and did almost everything you can image, but the problem persists.
So in my opinion the problem is somewhere in the BIOS, I've tried changing the boot-sequence, reset the BIOS to Startup Defaults, not lost my patience, even bought flowers for it, but the problem stays the same.

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