Vista knows my printer is there but will not print

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Printing / Faxing / Scanning' started by StevieB, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. StevieB

    StevieB Guest

    I hooked up my laserjet 2100 printer through a usb/parallel converter cable.
    Vista found it, loaded the driver, and every thing seemed ok. But everything
    backs up in the print queu. When I try to restart, nothing happens. Even
    the test page says it has been sent, but stays in the queu. And yes the
    printer is on-line. Any ideas?
    StevieB, Feb 10, 2007
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  2. I do support on Compuserve and experience with problems raised there
    shows that USB to parallel coverters rarely work without problems, if
    at all. Do you have a driver to install for the USB to parallel cable?
    I know I do for my Nokia cell phone from USB to Serial -- and I
    couldn't even get that working in XP ....

    I had a LJ2100 working fine under XP using parallel connection but I'm
    on a LJ2200d now and it works fine with USB.

    Can you fit a PCI Parallel card and then have a parallel connection on
    your PC or is it a laptop?

    So far as troubleshooting is concerned you could try the various test
    print options to make sure the printer is OK. There is one you can do
    when you start up the printer on its own and there's one from the
    Printer control "panel"

    Then you could disconnect the printer, remove all traces of the printer
    in Control Panel / Printers and in Device Manager if it's there (check
    under the last USB section), reboot and then reconnect the cable and
    printer and then let VISTA find it again

    Oh yes -- one suggestion that HP makes is to disable printer spooling
    and use print direct to printer.
    Hugh Wyn Griffith, Feb 10, 2007
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  3. StevieB

    StevieB Guest

    Thanks, Hugh - These are all good ideas. I tried to install the drivers that
    came with the cable but I got a message that the drivers did not understand
    the operating system they were being installed on and stopped. I think these
    drivers were written in the early days of XP and were really W2000 drivers.
    I guess the next step is to buy a parallel card. My PC is a brand new
    pavilion desktop with Vista loaded on it. I also tried to delete the printer
    to start over and would not let me delete it. I appreciate the help. I hate
    to replace the 2100. Even though it is old, it has not been used that much.
    I think I have the original cartridge in it and it works fine.
    StevieB, Feb 11, 2007
  4. It's a good printer. I'd still be using mine but it developed a fault out of
    warranty and HP wanted $250 each (plus labor) for two systemboards that
    diagnostics said had gone down.

    So for about $100 more I got the LJ2200d with built in duplexing which I love.

    It certainly sounds like a problem with the cable and its software -- any way to
    check to see if it has a new driver? With the cable for my Nokia, which was not
    a genuine $50 Nokia cable but a $10 clone I was able through Device Manager to
    check the chip used within it and track down a driver specific to that chip,
    which was not the same as the one in the Nokia cable, but although that did
    enable XP to see that the phone was there I could not read any data of the SIM,
    with or without the Nokia file manager.

    I must remember to plug it in under VISTA and see if it recognizes it on its

    Just check that you have a spare PCI slot in your Pavillion -- they sometimes
    cut back on slots.
    Hugh Wyn Griffith, Feb 12, 2007
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