Just installed Win XP after formatting my HD. Had been using Win ME. Can't communicate with my printer anymore. Under Ports / device manager, COM1 is there but no LPT1. Added "hardware" from Control Panel and got an LPT3 with error - "device isn't using any resources since it has a problem". Investigated further and when I clicked "set configuration manually" after "resource type" there was a ?
What can I do now???
The good news is that everything else, so far, is working like a dream!!
PS using an old Dell '98 vintage, updated with 1.4 celeron CPU, 384 MB RAM and 80GB HD
Fruit Bat - thanks for the clue. It appears that there may be a problem with some Dell Dimensions and BIOS and Win XP. Don't seem to be able to get a Dell BIOS (recent) update as my machine is rather old. Does that mean I'm stuck? Last update was in 1999 and I had already updated.
Got it sorted. There was a patch on the Microsoft (or HP) website for the 1200 series printers. That and changing the parallel port setting in the bios to "non auto" seem to have done the trick. Thanks
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