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HELP!!! Faulty LPT1 port, printer or is it Software related?

Q: HELP!!! Faulty LPT1 port, printer or is it Software related?


I'm trying to setup a multifunctional laser unit via parallel port on a PC running XP Pro and is unsuccessful in getting it to print.

I have put the LPT ports into SPP and ECP modes with no luck. (have not tried EPP although I should as its bi-directional) I have also tried different parallel cable, different versions of drivers, tried printing from DOS using "dir > lpt1" and still no luck. The LCD on the unit says "waiting" then goes back to "ready" with no output.

I have connected the unit to my laptop running XP Pro. The LPT is set to ECP. I can print from windows with several versions of the drivers as well as from DOS without problems.

I also have a HP A3 Bubblejet that has a monitoring toolbox. This unit is connected via USB but also has Parallel support. I have removed this printer and toolbox software believing this toolbox was locking down the LPT port and still no luck with printing to the laser unit. I have connected the HP Bubblejet via parallel (with no toolbox software loaded) and also got no print.

Lastly, if i remove the LPT1 port in Device Manager and rescan for hardware, the PC detects the LPT port and the attached device.It installs the driver for the attached device and indicates all is installed and ready to use. but printing fails.

Thus I believe there is something going on with the PC not the printer units. However, I am still unsure if it's software or hardware related.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.



Preferred Solution: HELP!!! Faulty LPT1 port, printer or is it Software related?

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: HELP!!! Faulty LPT1 port, printer or is it Software related?

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I am having problems with my home computer printing.
A couple of days ago, I tried to set up an external CR Rom Writer( Ricoh ) brand. I got the driver off the internet and when I tried to add the hardware it said that there was not enough something available, I think room on the PCI bus, and I had to disable something for it to work. It gave me a choice, the modem, the printer(HP series II), and a Davicom 9102 fast ethernet Adapter. I told it to take off the ethernet adapter, but it said that there was not enough space freed up, so I figured I would disable my printer for a few hours.

I never did get the device to work so I pulled it out, but now I cannot get the printer to print.

I went to the Port settings on the Printer settings, but there are only com ports, no LPT port. Should there be? There is only a Com 1 port listed in the device manager, no LPT or any printer listed when I list devices by type in device manager. I went through the help section for printers not printing, the general stuff, turn off, turn on again, ink?, power?, cable connections? I also tried unplugging the printer, restart, shutdown, plug in printer then restart again but it did not say that there was new hardware installed.

With COM1 selected the printer does not print but i do not get an error message.
Any ideas?

A:missing LPT1 printer port

Haave you ried looking in the BIOS settings?

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you guys know what this is ?? any time I try to install a printer it gives me "device install error - Windows could not load the installer for printer. Contact your hardware vendor for support"...whenever I try to add a printer using the add printer wizard it says "operation could not be completed"..this is definitely a software problem...any one have any suggestions ???

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I believe the drivers for my LPT1 port have become corrupted. Device Manager says LPT1 is running properly, but different printers and cables connected to it are not printing. Had some problem with some software that I believe corrupted the LPT1 driver. Have tried deleting it from Device Manager and then re-booting. It gets re-installed but still does not work. How can I update the driver from my Windows XP CD without re-installing the entire system. (Do not want to re-format and start from scratch, if I can help it.) Or does someone know where to get Windows XP LPT1 drivers that may be downloaded and installed. Thanks for the help.

A:LPT1 Port

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I believe the drivers for my LPT1 port have become corrupted. Device Manager says LPT1 is running properly, but different printers and cables connected to it are not printing. Had some problem with some software that I believe corrupted the LPT1 driver. Have tried deleting it from Device Manager and then re-booting. It gets re-installed but still does not work. How can I update the driver from my Windows XP CD without re-installing the entire system. (Do not want to re-format and start from scratch, if I can help it.) Or does someone know where to get Windows XP LPT1 drivers that may be downloaded and installed. Thanks for the help.

A:LPT1 Port

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I need to take a male DB25 connector and jumper a couple of pins to make the computer port "think" a printer is ON LINE and SELECTED at all times but I don't know how to configure (jumper) the pins. I can do the soldering but need to know what pins to jumper together.

Again....all I need is to make the computer think the printer is always ready, selected, and ready to receive data.

Thanks in advance.

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A friend of mine has an piano keyboard that he wants to connect to his computer so he can record from it. The documentation that came with the keyboard indicated that he needed an available COM port. Right now, the only available port he has is the LPT1 port. Can he use that port? The adapter that came with the keyboard is for a serial port. Apparently the only serial port he has is the one for the mouse. I don't know if it is possible to change a parallel port to a serial port. I looked in some books that I have, but couldn't find anything. I suggested that he purchase a serial port card so he can use the keyboard. I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

A:Change LPT1 to COM port?

You cannot change a parallel port (LPT1) to a serial port. They are two completely different animals. However, most systems have 2 serial ports built into the motherboard. Older systems may have 2 different types of connectors accessible from the rear of the computer. One would be a 9 pin male and the other a 25 pin male. If your friends system has that configuration, you can replace the 25 pin with a 9 pin and use it that way. Make sure the port is hooked up and enabled in the BIOS SETUP.

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I messed around with port settings and now can't back out.

My old Zip drive uses port LPT1, but that port shows to be assigned to my Brother printer. I can't figure out how do change it, or how to delete the Brother from that port. Help!

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My printer worked fine when it was connected through a Ditto tape drive to LPT1. I connected it directly to LPT1 and now I can't print. Printer is an NEC SS860 laser and I have Win95. Device Mgr indicates no conflicts. Printer status monitor shows "Checking printer status" and then it times out. When I send something to print I get "error writing to LPT1". Printing from DOS won't work either. Printer's lights are on and show it's on line. BIOS settings OK - I/O 378, IRQ7. I've tried ECP/EPP & Normal - none worked. I've removed & reinstalled LPT1 and the printer. I've downloaded & installed current drivers from NEC. I've tried a new cable. I've rebooted the system and turned printer off and on. Nothing works! I also have an LPT2 for a scanner. Scanner works fine there but printer won't. The kicker is that the printer works fine on another computer! Can anyone figure out what I am doing wrong? I'd appreciate any help!

A:Can LPT1 port be tested?

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I have a piece of software that comes with a hardware key to attach to the LPT1 port of my computer. I just bought a USB to Parallel converter cable, so I now have the key attached to the cable and connected via USB. The license manager cannot find the key when it is attached to the USB... (windows 2000 registers the cable as active btw)
Is there a way for me to map the lpt1 port to the USB port, so that when the license manager looks for the key on LPT1, it actually finds it on the USB cable?

A:Force Program to look for LPT1 key on USB port

I doubt this is ever going to work. Being a secure key, it is designed to be resistant to workarounds. And a USB adapter never has the full functionality of the actual port since it is designed to provide simple substitutions--it does not enable all of the LPT port's pins but only those needed for printing, for example.

I'd suggest you buy an LPT card for your PCI slot (I have a couple of those but am not aware of their general availability). But again, this is also a workaround and may not work.

Try contacting the manufacturer.

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I am trying to load a driver for my printer, I had a printer (epson) and it wasnt printing properly, brought it back to Best Buy, got a new printer and now when I try to load the drivers it cant recognize the port, when I go to control panel system and go to the properties for the ltp1 port, it says the device is working properly, I even went out and bought a new IEEE cable. Can someone please help me

I even did a highjack this in case it is something on my pc
Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 4:17:27 PM, on 3/4/2004
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

A:LPT1 port - communication error! even did Highjack this

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hey all,

My friend just got a Epson Stylus Color 880 printer that uses a parallel cable. The system is an old Dunn running Windows 95. The Device Manager has a yellow exclamation point next to the LPT Port. I went to Add and Remove Hardware and had Windows set up another parallel port. Bingo! The printer works. I then reboot the machine and it looses that working port?
? ?

Should I have deleted that bad port in the device manager?

A:[Resolved] Working LPT1 port disappears

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I installed a linksys WPS11 ver.3 wireless print server. All went smoothly and I could print (wirelessly) to my husband's printer in the next room.
Then, 2 days later, I went to print to my local (lpt1) printer. "Error printing to lpt1" was the only result.
So, to rule out hardware, I pulled out my trusty laptop and hooked the printer to it. Prints fine.
I hook it back up to my PC. Error message.
To rule out local hardware (bad port) I restarted my computer and booted into a second copy of Win 98 that never had the wireless print server driver installed on it. Of course it printed just fine.
Go back to the conflicted copy of Win 98 and removed Wireless Print driver (yes, it was sitting on lpt1, my bad) and Bi-admin utility. No luck.
Went through registry and removed all references to the wireless printer port. (there were two) Re-booted. No luck.
Okay, I give up. Uninstalling the drivers _should_ have taken care of it.
I contacted Linksys, but of course their tech-support is incapable of actuallly reading the e-mail I sent and told me I can't use the Ethernet port on the print server and the wireless connection at the same time. duh.

A:Wireless Print server has commandered my lpt1 port!

Well, after deleting and reinstalling lpt1 a couple of times (with no change in behavior), I got a weird idea to change the physical address of the port in my BIOS.
So Windows booted up and installed my "new" lpt1 port. Then I deleted the vestigal port in the Device manager. Then I re-booted, changed the port back to the original address in the BIOS (okay, I'm stubborn) and Windows installed that port.
As you may have already guessed.. it works now.
I have _no_ idea _why_ this worked. If anyone does, please educate me!

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I need to run an old DOS data-merging type of program (personalized books) that sends the print job via LPT1. The program downloads specific fonts to the printer. I hope there?s a cable that will allow this.
I have a computer with a standard LPT port. I need to print to a USB laser printer.
I bought the wrong cable in an attempt to print through my LPT port to the USB printer. The cable I have is here but both the LPT and the USB connections are wrong.
Is there any kind of cable that will allow me to print via LPT1 to a USB printer?
An alternative I have tried is DOSBOX in conjunction with Printfil (not the latest version). That didn?t do what I needed it to do.
I have leftover inventory I?d love to donate to a children?s home, but the book company can?t help me because they no longer have a compiler. Setting up each of the 15 books individually would be too time-consuming.
Thanks so much for suggestions!

A:LPT1 to USB printer?

Do you mean something like this;

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I recently upgraded my BIOS, with much back and forth with esupport, and the flash went smoothly with no apparent problems. Some of my previous problems seem to have reduced. Fantastic .

I kept getting a found new hardware pop=up for my already installed Canon Multipass C755, I am running Windows XP SP2. The printer worked fine. I checked the hardware and found an LPT1.4 port. My lpt1 port was still there.
The found new hardware wizard was just annoying. So, finally today I thought I would remove the printer and reinstall, hoping that that would place it in the correct spot.

Well, now I can't reinstall the printer. The current disk is not compatible with XP, but I have an update and a patch for xp2. When I try to start the printer installer it does nothing. The hourglass icon flashes for a few minutes and then nothing happens. I've checked the event logs and nothing seems to be pinpointing the issue.

I've tried totally removing all the bits of the old software right down to removing the registry entries, without any luck.

I've tried plugging and unplugging the printer from both the computer and the power.

I am at my whit's end.

The printer is connected via a parrallel port, just not a LPT1.4 port.

I removed the key for the LPT1.4 port from the registry, but when I turned the computer back on, it was back.

I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.

A:Upgraded BIOS added an LPT1.4 port , Printing wrecked

Many motherboard BIOS default setting for printer port is SPP (Standard Printer Port) not bi-directional.
When you flashed the BIOS it was probable reset to the default SPP.

Delete both printer ports in Windows and then boot into the motherboard BIOS.
Enter the BIOS and set the printer port to ECP/EPP.
Boot back into Windows and let it detect the printer port.

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Hi there,

I have Tecra M11 with Docking Station PA3680E-1PRP. Bios Version 2.9.

Problem is, I want use parallel Port LPT 1, but in device manager dosent fount it.

Many thanks for hints

A:Re: Tecra M11-15W - Parallel Port LPT1 not found in device manager

Hi buddy,

What device is connected to LPT1 port? Usually if you connect a device to LPT port and you turn it on you will be asked for drivers. As far as I know drivers for LPT device should be installed before you connect them.

Many years ago I also used LPT connection for my printer but one day it didn?t work anymore. The problem was only a faulty cable. I replaced it with a new one and then the printer connection was recognized again properly! :)

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I would love to know if an old DOS program (probably set up as a simple data merging program) can be converted to be used with my newer equipment. I attempted several things to get the program to work.

In thinking back over what I've tried in the past, I remember that I was running the program on the original XP computer I had used (which has since died), but the program which sends built-in fonts to the printer wasn't sending the fonts to my new USB laser printer. It was at that point I was directed to use DOSBOX and Printfil (2017).

Printfil ALMOST worked, but the fonts from the program were still not being sent to the printer.

I revised the autoexec.bat file in an attempt to replace the LPT1 command line with USB, but I know enough to be dangerous. I tried the NETUSE command as well.

I would love to find someone who could rewrite the font-sending part of the program or whatever it takes to make this work right. I think the program was written with a compiler, but that's all I was told about it.

Edit to add this involves different margins for different books I will print, so I want to avoid rewriting every book.

Happy New Year! Thanks so much for any input!

A:Print via LPT1 to a USB printer

What is the name of the program? If there's a copyright, which is likely, then we aren't in a position to decompile and revise the software.

Have you tried to find a newer program that will do what you want?

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My office use DOS application and shared printer. I login as administrator, use "net use" command to lpt1 and it always prompt for user and password, every time I type user password, it always failed and has an error like this:

system error 5 has occured.
Access is denied.

I tried to map to another port like LPT2 or LPT3, it success....but... When I use print command from my DOS application, it always says that "printer is not ready".

Can anybody help me, please? When I used Windows XP it's fine, it drives me crazy with this Win 7 Profesional.

A:Unable to map printer to LPT1

Write the net use command in a txt file and save it as a .bat file on the desktop. Then right click on the .bat file, select run as administrator. It should work...

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My Epson Stylus Color 760 was working fine using the USB port until I recently did a clean install of Windows 98. I cannot now install the printer again and it seems that it is attempting to print to the LPT1 port - in the Printer>Details tab, the "print to the following port" makes no mention of the USB port, just the LPT1. What can I do to resolve this?

A:USB Printer - LPT1 problem

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I have an accounting program (DOS but Windows capable) that only prints to an LPT port. Now that printers only have USB ports I can no longer print. Is there a program that will redirect my LPT1 output to the USB printer? Help please.

A:Changing Printer from LPT1 to USB

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The printer is a usb printer several years old.

I'm not sure why my printer port says 'ECP printer port (LPT1).
I don't know what ecp means.

I had this printer working but then put in a new hard drive. I downloaded the driver from hp and ran it. I saw the printer in the printers' windows set as the default printer. But I get an error message saying the document failed to print.

When I unplug from the computer the USB to the printer and then plug it back in, I hear a tone. But I don't see a message saying new hardware found when I have uninstalled the ecp printer port (LPT1). Also the hp software doesn't detect the printer when installing the drivers for it.

I went into the registry and deleted hp deskjet 6122 in two places and then reinstalled after several attempts at trying to upgrade the driver to the one from hp and also from running the hp setup program to install the printer.

Should the printer usb cable be unplugged when running the HP software to install the printer if the ecp printer port (LPT1) device is removed?

Should I change the port from 'ecp printer port (LPT1)' to 'printer port (LPT1)?

Should I uninstall all my usb ports and then re-install them?

A:Solved: HP deskjet 6122, ECP printer (LPT1)?

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Hi All - I have a quick question :

Can a local LPT port be mapped to a network printer ??

The reason is we have an old DOS program which runs great under NT, But the printer is hard coded to point to LPT1. We would like to be able to print to a network printer from this package, can this be done ???

Thanks in advance

A:{Solved} - Mapping LPT1 to a Network Printer ??

I have found a solution :

net use lpt1 \\server ipaddress\printer share name

Have tested this and it works fine.



[This message has been edited by roncasey (edited 05-05-2000).]

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appreciate any help guys, i do know that application is pretty darn old.

however, printing is possible under an administrator's logon, also gave full permissions to the standard user, but I do still encounter error messages like device context error etc.

Im going to try running on compatibility mode (XP SP2) when I have access to the PC again but i would say that it isn't going to resolve this issue.

thanks in advanced for reading.

appreciate any help

A:unable to print to lpt1 via a self propietary software.

If it worked on XP it should work on XP mode... the older stuff is the less likely it is to work with the new stuff.

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I've had this problem for a couple years now, and given the situation it's more an issue of pride than necessity, still I feel like an ass to be unable to get to the bottom of it. Originally the system was

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I have a HP pavilion g6 laptop that I bought at the end of August. There are 3 USB ports on this machine and I have been using one of them to plug in my wireless mouse USB plug (the mouse is a logitech M305.) Now, this USB port does not work anymore. It doesn't detect the mouse USB plug nor does it read USB devices.

What can I do? Is it possible to physically replace a USB port? How?


A:Faulty USB port

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I have a ThinkPad P51. I am trying to set up Thunderbolt networking between my P51 and my 2017 Macbook Pro. When I connect the cable from my P51's TB3 USB-C Port to the TB3 USB-C Port on the Macbook Pro, I get this pop-up:  Also, my Thunderbolt networking options are grayed out: The Networking Driver Version is "Unknown":  And finally, I'm unsure if this is normal or not, but when I pull up the Device Properties for Thunderbolt(TM) Controller - 15D9 it looks like this: Is my Thunderbolt port faulty? I did a complete uninstall of the Thunderbolt software and drivers, followed by a re-install using Lenovo System Update, reboot - same results. 

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A recent power outage has caused some of my hardware to function oddly...
My tv's hdmi ports seem to still work for say a ps3, but when hooking up to my gtx 760 I get "No Signal"?
I only have one hdmi port but several other dvi ports. My smaller monitor(plugged into dvi port 1) is functioning normally. It also seems the gpu is still functioning because I booted Dota 2 just fine with 60fps(vsync). Could this outage have fried the hdmi port? Should I be worried, should I return it or just buckle down with 2 dvi connectors? I was gonna test out hdmi to dvi cables to test my theory but am unsure what to do otherwise.


A:Faulty HDMI port?

Did the pc->tv work before the outage and did the pc suffer immediate power off too?

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How do I fix this?
I was googling this and I read some forum posts about others users recommending people like me who have this problem to purchase an external audio device and do not use the internal sound card. They said it will improve the audio too. If I am not able to fix this, should I follow this route?

A:headphone port faulty

kman1000 said:

I was googling this and I read some forum posts about others users recommending people like me who have this problem to purchase an external audio device and do not use the internal sound card. They said it will improve the audio too. If I am not able to fix this, should I follow this route?Click to expand...

That is generally the most common solution as it doesn't require a tear down of the laptop. It may also not be possible to repair the broken port on the laptop or may require a new port or audio header/board. What's probably happened is the either the plastic port is broken and the connect the jack makes is poor or the pins that connect the port to the motherboard have broken loose and aren't making good contact. Using a PC Card, XpressCard, or USB sound card is generally the super fast and 100% effective fix.

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Hi guys this is my first post as im at a loss of what to do .
Recently my old monitor stopped working, it was using a VGA cable, but the cable is not the problem, my PC is. I bought a new monitor which requires HDMI, however the port on my PC will not respond to the cord, meaning I have no monitor :/ or anyway to troubleshoot. The only thing I can think of would be to buy a USB to HDMI adapter? But even then I would need a monitor to install the device surely. I would usually take it to the shop, but with lockdown I am lost and without a PC for the forseeable future, help would be appretiated!

A:Faulty HDMI Port- 'No signal'

Hi Warro, and welcome to TSG.

I don't think anyone here can give you much help without knowing:

1: Name of the manufacturer and exact model number of your computer and/or the motherboard.

2: Name of the manufacturer and exact model number of any video controller expansion card (the card itself, not the manufacturer and model number of the graphics IC) plugged into the motherboard.

3: The operating system running the PC.

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I have a HP Pavilion 15 Notebook, the charger/power port on the laptop is faulty, the charger does not fit securely and slides out. I wanted to purchase a new charger/power port but do not know which one and where from. I searched HP Part Surfer but no parts are listed. I would be grateful if you can tell me what charger/power port is required and if possible a link where i can purchase it from please. Product name:HP Pavilion 15 Notebook PCProduct number:E6B37EA#ABU  

A:Faulty Charger Port Replacement

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A few days ago I upgraded my PCs motherboard, from a MSI Z370 PC Pro, to a Z390 Gaming Pro Carbon (also MSI), at first there was no issues at all, until a few days after, my Ethernet speeds were dropping randomly.

One minute Ill have perfect internet speeds over ethernet (my normal speeds of 200mbps), then the next my download will be almost 0 mbps, while upload speeds are fine. This happens randomly, isnt fixed by a reboot, and Ive found no way to fix it. Ive tried the following troubleshooting:

Tried different Ethernet cables
Tried a different PC, and tested the speeds over WiFi (to see if it was my internet)
Removed and reinstalled the Ethernet drivers (once for each source: MSI site, Intel site and Windows device manager/update)
Assigning manual/static IP configuration within windows
Resetting BIOS
Updated BIOS

I should also mention that after the BIOS update (which did complete successfully) my 8600k was not being detected, I spent a few hours troubleshooting this and in the end what fixed it was either reseating the CPU power cable (wasnt an issue until the BIOS update however) or resetting the CMOS (Im leaning to this) But the core thing here is another issue seen is a CPU not being detected for a short period of time

As of now I cant think of anything else to try with troubleshooting the Ethernet port, and I am leaning towards an RMA. If anyone needs any more info about my specs I can provide them.

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Hi, I decided to speed up my laptop by replacing almost unused ODD with a new SSD drive so mounted the disk into adaptive frame and plugged into the DVDR slot. Firstly everything looked up fine but after further attempts to clone old drive or install brand new Windows from bootable pendrive this new drive started behave unpredictably, ie. give errors, freeze, timeout partitioning operations or even wasnot visible as connected physical device case by case.
I firstly suspected the drive self so sent it to RMA, but the seller returned it with no hardware fault found. So now the surmise lies on faulty SATA subsystem. Since original HDD connected to SATA port #1 operates alltime without issues the possibly failing part is the SATA port #2 or SATA cable.
I will appreciate a solution to have flawlessly working SSD and possibly also keeping the old plate harddrive to retain storage space for less speed critical data
I.e. any chance to make working the problematic 2nd SATA channel, swap the ports, but then probably the old drive will be the one not stable. In the last resort I can try to change the SATA cable, but don't know which type I can use and if it's replaceable at all. Thanks for any good advices.

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Hello, everyone.
I am using a Latitude 3540 laptop with switchable graphics (Intel HD Graphics, AMD Radeon HD 8850M). As soon as I got the laptop, I upgraded to 8.1 (probably a mistake!).
All of my drivers are up to date according to Device Manager, and I've updated the chipset and BIOS and everything according to the Dell website. But for as long as I've had this laptop, the VGA port will not work! I'm using a VGA cord that has worked with other laptops before without issue. The laptop will not output to projector, external monitor, or a TV. Pressing the win-P combination brings up the ability to extend and duplicate my screen. When I change those settings, my screen resolution will change, but the external monitor/projector doesn't display anything. When I try to detect displays in my graphics properties, it just doesn't detect anything that's connected.
Is my VGA port faulty? Or does anyone have any suggestions on what else to try at this point? My laptop is still under warranty, so I suppose I could always send it in to be fixed.
Thanks for the help!

A:Latitude 3540, Win 8.1: VGA port faulty? Will not display to external monitors or projectors

did you get response on your question?

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I have two computers and was reading that you can transfer
data through the Parallel port in the computers. I found you can buy the wire at radio shack, but how do you set it up? Is there a driver you can download???
Please help ~Jon
email me at [email protected] with an answer as well

A:Parallel Port(printer port) CPU transfer-HELP!

When you get the cable from Radio Shack, make sure that you get the computer to computer and I will recommend parallel over the serial. Windows computers come with Direct Cable Connection. Start,,,Programs,,,Accessories or then under Communications. It works for Windows 95, 98, and ME. I can not vouch for NT or 2000. Make sure that you have ipx/spx protocal under Control Panel,,,,Network... also under the Identification tab, make sure the workstation is the same.

Also make sure each has file and printer sharing and that a folder is set for sharing on your host...

The files needed will be on your Windows Install disks, unless you are using Windows 95a..

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Help, i'm doing some testes with spool files and frx files convertion to pdf and in this process i've delete the printer port "File" , i would love to have it back cause now i really need it.
can anyone help me ?

A:cannot recover printer port (File port)

got it...

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Those 2 are listed in device manager, do i really need them, ?

I don't have a printer install, so i guess its safe to disable the ECP printer, but what about the communications port(com 1)?

A:Communications port (COM1) and ECP Printer Port


why disable them, they dont use resources or memory they just exist.

If you want to get rid of them go into the BIOS and disable them in there.

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I am running windows xp pro, I had installed sp2 and found usb problems. In trying to fix the problem I accidentally deleted the port the printer was using, the "virtual usb port". I have recently removed the sp2 from my computer which helped in other areas but my printer is not being recognized by anything since deleting that port. Does anyone know how I can get that port back. All other usb devices work fine, scanner mouse keyboard ect..With power on to the printer it shows "printer not responding" or "printer offline". The printer is a cannon s9000. If it helps I am running a Abit kt-7a raid mobo, 1.4ghz amd athlon, win xp pro build 2600. I thought of installing xp on top of the current install but wasn't sure if i'd make things worse..Any help greatly appreciated.

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I did a search for downloadable software that can give me the benefits of an address book, calender(specifically calander reminders), where I can keep track of my to-do list, journal, and contacts and contacts' birthdays..... So I ended up with Calnique and downloaded it and BOUGHT it through the internet using my credit card (bows head and shamefully pauses while everyone stares....)

Anyway, when I wanted to set-up my email reminders, I had to fill in the smtp info. I have a google account and my default email application is "Incredimail". Everytime I enter in the smtp field - "smtp.gmail.com", and click on the "send test message" button, it throws me a "smtp error", saying that the "send timed out and that I must verify my email settings and try again" When I go to my incredimail settings, I see that the outgoing mail (smtp) number is 465.

Nowhere in the Calnique software does it allow me to go and change settings, or even report this problem. Under the help link, I can go to their website, which in return has a forum where one can post all your questions, etc. When wanting to register on the forum, I have to click on the link.... "I agree to all the terms and conditions......." and then it throws me a "debug error"!!!!!!!! A dead end in other words!!!!

I have uninstalled the software and re-installed it, but with no luck!!! I have replied to the email they sent me, congratulating me on my buy, b... Read more

A:Solved: Did I buy faulty software through internet?

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I have four usb 3.0 ports, one of them has max speed of 35-41 MB/s, tested with two different usb 3.0 drives.
Could a driver error cause just one port to be slow?

Core i5 3337U 1.8
Chipset Intel HM77 Express

A:Can one slow usb 3.0 port be river related?

Hi there
some of the passport / other self powered UBB3 drives aren't particularly fast - although faster than the usb2 disks. There is still an issue with Native usb 3 drivers for windows 8 -- maybe latest version of 8.1 might have fixed these.

Note also a lot of mobos that don't have native USB3 ports won't give you very fast usb3 speed with a pci extension card - bus speed isn't fast enough for true usb3 speed.

New laptops fitted with usb3 ports should provide full usb3 speed provided your device can handle it.

Note it's possible that your "Slow" usb 3 port is not a "powered one". Otherwise sounds like a defect - all 4 should have the same characteristics unless the manual says the spec is different.


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My notebook was overheating causing the fan to work coninuously. Problem was identified in the WMI provider host service and the process it activated was hpqwmiex. This was continually producing errors in the event viewer. Once this process was deactivated my processor usage droped to normal. There seems to be a problem with this function (process) in windows 10. Is there a solution besides deactivating the process?

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I have a CD which is faulty, thus some of the files cause errors when attempted to copy onto my PC.

I need a software which can bypass the error returns and copy abortions, and continues to copy on my PC. Any ideas and suggestions?

A:Solved: Faulty CD: Copy Software Wanted

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My notebook was overheating causing the fan to work coninuously. Problem was identified in the WMI provider host service and the process it activated was hpqwmiex. This was continually producing errors in the event viewer. Once this process was deactivated my processor usage droped to normal. There seems to be a problem with this function (process) in windows 10. Is there a solution besides deactivating the process?

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have a computer running windows xp home.....usb port not showing up for printer in printer port dialog box. replaced usbmon.dll to try to fix file from hp driver installation files. computer recognizes the usb, but shows error in device manager also.

A:no usb virtual printer port in printer settings.

can anybody please help me with this?

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Can Powershell Install a TCP/IP Printer (including drivers) to a list of computers?
We have thousands of printers, in over 100 locations...(Education)
In a lab setting, that means that someone has to physically touch all 30 or so machines in each room...
I don't want to re-invent the horse so to speak, and thought for sure, there would be a script already in the library (I am a very new powershell learner).
Example:  I need to install a HP 4515 to 30 Window's 7 machines.
Can someone point me in the right direction?  We can't use Group Policy in our environment to accomplish this.  Tech-User has Administrative Rights to the local computers.

Robin Spitzer

A:Powershell: Install a TCP/IP Printer Port and Printer

Group Policy is your best bet.  Powershell might be your least best bet as you'd have to configure each machine for the "Execution Policy" and without a Group Policy to make that change you'd still have to touch each machine.  (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee176949.aspx).
 There is a Add-Printer command in Powershell 3.0 if that is in fact what the machines are using and if these are networked printers you can then do something like :

Add-Printer -ConnectionName \\MyPrintServer\HP4515Room30

Now, lets say you have none of this configured......Then it would be best to go to the old faithful technique of using psexec and printui.dll commands.  Its very well detailed in the technet post below on how you can accomplish this.


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Will I save sys resources if I disable it(in BIOS)?

Also COM ports...do I need them if I use a network card?

A:Do I need ECP printer port enabled when I have USB connected printer?

No u dont.
Neither com ports if you're not using them.

But tho may save some resouses - I believe they will be negligable.

Wont hurt to disable them tho - you can always re-enable.


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Hi, as the title states I cant play online games. Such games include Dawn of War: Dark Crusade and Age of Empires: The Conquerors, I also cant play LAN. Its odd because 2 weeks ago I was playing AoE lans with my friend and now they dont work. Same goes for DoW, last year I had no problem playing but now I do... When it tells me I cant connect in DoW it says something along the lines of this; "Unable to connect to host, please check your firewall/port/router blah blah" etc. I read in the AoE forums and people had similar problems playing online, and they said to port forward. So I got PFConfig and my port/router yoke wasnt listed, and I cant update the list so I really cant do anything. Who can help me, please?

A:Unable to play online, router/port/something related

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