I have a HP930C and have no problems with it. I think that perhaps you should uninstall the HP Driver from Add/Remove Programmes, then go in to the HP site and download the latest driver for the 930C and for the Operating System you have, Win98SE, then install it directly from the download. I haven't got mine connected through a scanner or on the USB port. It is a straight LPT1 connection and is fine. May be you should consider divorcing it from the scanner and treat them as separate entities with the printer going through the LPT1 port.