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"Printer out of paper" comes up every time

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I am stumped.

A PC in my office will not print.  Every time we try, we get a printer our of paper error message.  The computer now has a new hard drive with a new W95 install.  We are using a different printer model (HP Laserjet 4L) with newly installed drivers, and we have replaced both the printer cable and the LPT1 port hardware, and we still get the same error.  What in the world is happening?
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To see if you have a physical connection go to dos prompt and print a text file to the printer. ex : type config.sys >lpt1

You say you have newly installed drivers, are they the latest drivers from hp website ? If not get em.  Also check under device manager under ports, com + lpt, check and see if you are using ECP or standard lpt, try switching these.  

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Found the problem.  Pursuant to tdealexa's comment, found through the DOS command that there was not a physical connection.  In checking the box, found that the replacement LPT port had been installed incorrectly, and a couple of pins had been bent.  Straightened the pins, hooked the LPT1 back up, and everything ran smoothly.
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