I have a Dell laptop with no parallel port and a trusty old Epson Stylus Color 600. I have 3 usb ports. One with a mouse and one with a hub which has a scanner, adsl modem, voip phone and scanner. So I bought a USB/parallel port converter. Most the time it works fine but if I don't print for a while the computer refuses to recognise it. I've switched off the printer, pulled all the wires out, including the other usb peripherals, rebooted, you name it. It used to jog it back into life, but today it is really refusing. I've looked at device manager where I have 13 listings under Universal Serial Bus controllers. That doesn't seem right, but there's no telling what each one refers to except for the usb voip phone. I don't want to buy a new printer, so any ideas?
Uninstalling USB controllers made no difference. However, I Googled the problem and found another user who had problems when he had installed more than one printer, as I had done for when I'm visiting my brother. I uninstalled his printer and bingo! Fingers crossed that the problem is cured permanently.
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