USB001 not present in 'Add Printer' port list?
When I try to install my Epson DX4400 multi function printer on USB, Windows plays a sound but does not attempt to load any drivers. When I try to add the printer manually, there are no USB ports available in the available ports list.
I have other USB devices (mouse/keyboard) working fine but cannot install the printer.
I have downloaded the latest driver from Epson but the install routine always hangs when it tries to auto detect the usb printer (there is a note about this on the Epson website but it only suggests cancelling the installation and adding the printer manually so I'm back to square one!).
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Interestingly, when I have the devices & printers open, and I unplug the USB cable that is coming from the printer, the printer is then greyed out. So, it is as if the computer knows that's where the printer is, and is aware that it is not currently connected. Once i reconnect the USB cord to the computer, the printer shows up normally (as in, not greyed out). But still not able to print anything.
Is there a way to create a pseudo printer port so that I can "fool" Windows into sending the print command to the LPT1 port, and instead it gets redirected to a USB port?
(I want to do this as I don't want to have to purchase a print server)
-PC with newly installed Windows 7 Professional operating system
-connected to the network through ethernet cable
What I've tried:
-made sure I had the correct drivers
-made sure the network was in home group
-turned off firewall
-changed local security options to LM and NTLM-use NTLMV2 session if negotiated
-increased the limit of detected printers from 20 to 50
-connect to the printer through the "local printer" option and used port 631 (I could connect to the port, but not the printer)
-connect to the printer through the "network printers." option and provided a path "\\server\printer" (printer not detected)
What I can't do:
-connect to the printer with a cable or any printer CDs because there is restricted access to the resources
What happens when I try to connect to my printer using multiple methods:
I get various types of "Printer not detected" errors.
I went to add the printer it went off to add the printer via windows update came back and said it couldn't find the drivers so could I point the file at the drivers. Well no as I couldn't find them on the web.
I found that HP suggest adding it as a 5600 Deskjet but only seem to have an exe that add the whole thing as a usb printer so I did that printed fine directly attached. (Note I did tryadding \\computername\printername but it couldn't find the printer!)
So now to add the printer thinking the drivers would be added and so I could add the printer but it wouldn't let me past the add the drivers.
ALIAS LP LPT1 ""
is actually the same printer, but is now connected via USB, so my question is how to I reference the USB port? Something like:
ALIAS LP2 USB ""
the printer is working well when I install the driver but the problem is when I restart the computer the printer won't work.
Right click properties in my printer driver will show me the message below
The prp-080 printer driver is not installed on this computer. Some properties will not be accessible unless you install the printer driver. Do you want to install the driver now
for each time I restart my computer, I have to stop the spooler from control panel delete driver from windows\system32\spool\driver and file server properties remove printer driver and thenreinstall the printer driver for the another time
What is the problem about ? Is it from my OS or It is related to the printer driver ?
Upstairs I have 2 XP Home laptops. They connect fine to my network and access share files and the shared printers. All is fine.
I used to have a W7 laptop and I remember going through some stuff but eventually it worked just fine, acessing my shared files and printers.
Unfortunately, that laptop bit the dust. I bought a Toshiba Satellite laptop and so far all works perfectly EXCEPT I cannot get it to work with the printers. It accesses my network and shared files fine. I know it can be done because I did it before.
Here’s what I’ve tried. I went to networking and chose Add A Printer. I specified network printer. It found both printers. But when I try to add the selected printer, it says that it can’t find the driver.
Frankly, I looked on my desktop computer and I can’t find it either. I can also look on my two XP laptops but I am not sure what to look for. I went to the manufacturerssites and was unable to locate a driver, but it should be on my computers, I would think.
I wish I could remember what I did about 3 years ago to get my W7 to work with both computers.