Dual printers on WindowsXP



kcdonaldson
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem communicating.
I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth printers
are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling
and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
More information on exactly what your problem is and the symptoms would be helpful. What are you trying to do? What are you expecting to happen? What actually happens, or does not as the case may be? The printer model and other information would also be of assistance in helping to find an answer.

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"kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
>I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
> problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem communicating.
> I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth printers
> are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling
> and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?

kcdonaldson
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
i cannot print because windows says that they are not connected. However
after a reboot they will work for about 20 min. and then windows says they
are not connected. One printer is an HP 1209 All-In-One and the other printer
is a Lexmark X125 4-In-One. The reason for the two printers is that the
Lexmark's scanning capability is very poor and the HP scanner works great but
the HP does not have FAX like the Lexmark. My PC is an Emachine W2925 with
two USB ports on the back panel and one USB on the front panel. Both printers
are hooked into the back panel (obviously the most logical). If i have one
printer hooked up at a time they will each work fine. But due to the scanning
issue as mentioned and the fax capability of the Lexmark, this forces me to
have both. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

"Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:

> More information on exactly what your problem is and the symptoms would be helpful. What are you trying to do? What are you expecting to happen? What actually happens, or does not as the case may be? The printer model and other information would also be of assistance in helping to find an answer.
>
> --
> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
> http://www.dougknox.com
> --------------------------------
> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
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> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
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> "kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
> >I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
> > problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem communicating.
> > I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth printers
> > are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling
> > and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?
>

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
It sounds like the USB controller on your motherboard may be developing problems. The two ports should be separate, so it probably isn't a loading issue as you'd normally expect. Try it with one printer plugged in to the back ports and one into the front ports and see if the issue continues.

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Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
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"kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:C8AD86A1-49C9-4532-951C-2A903E971393@microsoft.com...
>i cannot print because windows says that they are not connected. However
> after a reboot they will work for about 20 min. and then windows says they
> are not connected. One printer is an HP 1209 All-In-One and the other printer
> is a Lexmark X125 4-In-One. The reason for the two printers is that the
> Lexmark's scanning capability is very poor and the HP scanner works great but
> the HP does not have FAX like the Lexmark. My PC is an Emachine W2925 with
> two USB ports on the back panel and one USB on the front panel. Both printers
> are hooked into the back panel (obviously the most logical). If i have one
> printer hooked up at a time they will each work fine. But due to the scanning
> issue as mentioned and the fax capability of the Lexmark, this forces me to
> have both. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>
> "Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> More information on exactly what your problem is and the symptoms would be helpful. What are you trying to do? What are you expecting to happen? What actually happens, or does not as the case may be? The printer model and other information would also be of assistance in helping to find an answer.
>>
>> --
>> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
>> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
>> http://www.dougknox.com
>> --------------------------------
>> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
>> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
>> --------------------------------
>> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
>> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
>>
>> "kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
>> >I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
>> > problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem communicating.
>> > I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth printers
>> > are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling
>> > and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?
>>

BigJim
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
I run two printer one is parallel the other usb. One is a HP722c the other
Lexmark X75.
"kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
>I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
> problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem communicating.
> I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth
> printers
> are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and
> reinstalling
> and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?

D.Currie
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
The fact that they work when one at a time is plugged in hints at either a
motherboard or a power issue. You might want to get a USB hub (get a
powered one, by the way), plug that into the computer, and put it somewhere
handy so you can plug and unplug devices at will. It's probably not the most
elegant solution, but it solves the printing problem without starting a
parts-swapping fest to see which proprietary part is causing problems. And
knowing that, the problem may not be solvable if the system just can't
handle the 2 devices at the same time. If it's truly an impeding failure,
you'll know about it soon enough. If it's just that the system can handle 2
printers at a time, you'll be fine using the hub for quite some time.

"kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C8AD86A1-49C9-4532-951C-2A903E971393@microsoft.com...
>i cannot print because windows says that they are not connected. However
> after a reboot they will work for about 20 min. and then windows says they
> are not connected. One printer is an HP 1209 All-In-One and the other
> printer
> is a Lexmark X125 4-In-One. The reason for the two printers is that the
> Lexmark's scanning capability is very poor and the HP scanner works great
> but
> the HP does not have FAX like the Lexmark. My PC is an Emachine W2925 with
> two USB ports on the back panel and one USB on the front panel. Both
> printers
> are hooked into the back panel (obviously the most logical). If i have one
> printer hooked up at a time they will each work fine. But due to the
> scanning
> issue as mentioned and the fax capability of the Lexmark, this forces me
> to
> have both. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>
> "Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> More information on exactly what your problem is and the symptoms would
>> be helpful. What are you trying to do? What are you expecting to happen?
>> What actually happens, or does not as the case may be? The printer
>> model and other information would also be of assistance in helping to
>> find an answer.
>>
>> --
>> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
>> Display\Security
>> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
>> http://www.dougknox.com
>> --------------------------------
>> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
>> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
>> --------------------------------
>> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
>> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
>>
>> "kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
>> >I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
>> > problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem
>> > communicating.
>> > I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth
>> > printers
>> > are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and
>> > reinstalling
>> > and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?
>>

NotMe
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
IN DEVICE MANAGER, USB>PROPERTIES
MAKE SURE 'ALLOW WINDOWS TO TURN THIS DEVICE OFF TO SAVE POWER" IS UN
CHECKED.
I HAVE SEEN THAT WITH NICS, USB MAY HAVE IT.

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"kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:C8AD86A1-49C9-4532-951C-2A903E971393@microsoft.com...
>i cannot print because windows says that they are not connected. However
> after a reboot they will work for about 20 min. and then windows says they
> are not connected. One printer is an HP 1209 All-In-One and the other
> printer
> is a Lexmark X125 4-In-One. The reason for the two printers is that the
> Lexmark's scanning capability is very poor and the HP scanner works great
> but
> the HP does not have FAX like the Lexmark. My PC is an Emachine W2925 with
> two USB ports on the back panel and one USB on the front panel. Both
> printers
> are hooked into the back panel (obviously the most logical). If i have one
> printer hooked up at a time they will each work fine. But due to the
> scanning
> issue as mentioned and the fax capability of the Lexmark, this forces me
> to
> have both. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>
> "Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:
>
>> More information on exactly what your problem is and the symptoms would
>> be helpful. What are you trying to do? What are you expecting to happen?
>> What actually happens, or does not as the case may be? The printer
>> model and other information would also be of assistance in helping to
>> find an answer.
>>
>> --
>> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
>> Display\Security
>> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
>> http://www.dougknox.com
>> --------------------------------
>> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
>> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
>> --------------------------------
>> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
>> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
>>
>> "kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
>> >I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
>> > problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem
>> > communicating.
>> > I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth
>> > printers
>> > are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and
>> > reinstalling
>> > and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?
>>

Jim
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
"kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
> I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
> problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem communicating.
> I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth
printers
> are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and
reinstalling
> and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?
I had two USB printers connected via USB ports on my Windows XP Pro for over
a year until I realisec that I didn't really need two of them. They never
missed a beat.
Jim

kcdonaldson
07-10-2005, 12:49 AM
Thanks for the info. I believe your right about the power issue. The
motherboard is brand new (so i don't think its the motherboard, at least i
hope not). I'll try the USB hub. As for the power management in the device
manager, there is the option to turn the device off to save power but they're
all unchecked. I think the hub will solve the issue. Thanks alot for the
help. if the hub doesn't work i'll post again. Thanks

"D.Currie" wrote:

> The fact that they work when one at a time is plugged in hints at either a
> motherboard or a power issue. You might want to get a USB hub (get a
> powered one, by the way), plug that into the computer, and put it somewhere
> handy so you can plug and unplug devices at will. It's probably not the most
> elegant solution, but it solves the printing problem without starting a
> parts-swapping fest to see which proprietary part is causing problems. And
> knowing that, the problem may not be solvable if the system just can't
> handle the 2 devices at the same time. If it's truly an impeding failure,
> you'll know about it soon enough. If it's just that the system can handle 2
> printers at a time, you'll be fine using the hub for quite some time.
>
> "kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:C8AD86A1-49C9-4532-951C-2A903E971393@microsoft.com...
> >i cannot print because windows says that they are not connected. However
> > after a reboot they will work for about 20 min. and then windows says they
> > are not connected. One printer is an HP 1209 All-In-One and the other
> > printer
> > is a Lexmark X125 4-In-One. The reason for the two printers is that the
> > Lexmark's scanning capability is very poor and the HP scanner works great
> > but
> > the HP does not have FAX like the Lexmark. My PC is an Emachine W2925 with
> > two USB ports on the back panel and one USB on the front panel. Both
> > printers
> > are hooked into the back panel (obviously the most logical). If i have one
> > printer hooked up at a time they will each work fine. But due to the
> > scanning
> > issue as mentioned and the fax capability of the Lexmark, this forces me
> > to
> > have both. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > "Doug Knox MS-MVP" wrote:
> >
> >> More information on exactly what your problem is and the symptoms would
> >> be helpful. What are you trying to do? What are you expecting to happen?
> >> What actually happens, or does not as the case may be? The printer
> >> model and other information would also be of assistance in helping to
> >> find an answer.
> >>
> >> --
> >> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
> >> Display\Security
> >> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
> >> http://www.dougknox.com
> >> --------------------------------
> >> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
> >> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
> >> --------------------------------
> >> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
> >> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
> >>
> >> "kcdonaldson" <kcdonaldson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> >> news:DFCF1AFD-DD9A-48AE-81DF-357A26486B2F@microsoft.com...
> >> >I have two printers connected and i'm using Windows XP home edition. The
> >> > problem i'm having is that my printers are having a problem
> >> > communicating.
> >> > I'm using new cables and i have the latest drivers installed. Bioth
> >> > printers
> >> > are connected through USB cables. I have tried uninstalling and
> >> > reinstalling
> >> > and there is no change. Any ideas on what could be causing my headache?
> >>
>
>
>


Dual printers on WindowsXP