Is there an optimum length for connecting a USB printer to my laptop? Lexmark say my 3m cable is too long and it should be 1.5-2.0m max? I have a problem with my X85 not being recongnised everytime I start up my computer. I then have to uninstal the software and then reinstal before I can use the printer. This sounds like waffle but they say that "the information is being lost due to the long cable" Any answers?
Quite possibly true. USB cables are usually short (1.5-2m in length) so a longer cable could be causing you problems. See if you can borrow somebodies shorter USB cable and see if it works then decide if you need the extra lenght. If you do need 3m, you may have to buy a higher quality cable.
Sounds unlikely that an extra meter of cable would cause significant communication problems between PC and printer, a faulty cable maybe, but even then I can't see why you would need to reinstall the software. As you said this sounds like waffle, but it could be worth trying another cable. click here for some decent prices.