heloflightsasked Jul 6, 2018 at 3:48pm
Printer stopped printing
This printer was working just about a year ago when last used. I have an old XP laptop that I would like to use with this printer. The printer turns on just fine and passes all self tests with flying colors. I have tried hooking this printer to the laptop via the large Centronics parallel port and Centronics/USB adapter, the install process runs thru just fine, but fails at the test page print test. Running echo "hello ctrl L > dir" at command prompt doesn't work either...tried the same routine with 2 other laptops and other cables...same result. It appears during hibernation the printer's large Centronics port has died. There are 2 other ports available - Apple Talk (does me no good) and small Centronics parallel port. I am wondering if there is any chance the small Centronics port might be an option even though the large one appears DOA. Anybody had this issue?
I have never seen a parallel port go bad on that model, and I have worked on them since they came out. The small port is a serial port. Didn't the old XP laptops have parallel cables on them. I have had issues with parallel to USB cables in the past
I have tried multiple XP laptops (parallel port is via docking station) with large Centronics to large 25 pin parallel port, no luck. Also tried Centronics to USB, same result. Tried new driver, deleting and re-installing the parallel port, same result. DOS print command doesn't work either. You're correct...usually setting up a HP printer is like falling off a log...it ain't hard...completely baffled....
Problem solved...the 25 pin "large" parallel port on the printer definitley died...the smaller parallel port on the printer works just fine...the trick was finding the cable.