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I have compaq presario 9546 desktop, with win 95,32MB ram, and hp laser jet4 plus.
Iam NOT able to print, each time I try to print I get a message "time out error
can not print". I went through the help file in win 95, but to no avail. the cable is attached good, I deleted the printer and reinstall it again (in the printer icon in control panel) but to no avail.
when I hooked the same cable to my laptop, the printer prints fine.
what shall I do to make this desktop prints to the hp.
Thank you lot.
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vikiingConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First of all, you must check your computer to determine what kind of free slot/s you have (if any), if ISA or PCI. Unfortunately, it's hard to describe them without a drawing (perhaps a friend can do the job for you); this is because you must know what kind of port you must buy.

Once you bought it, you must:
a) Configure the board (size of a cigarette pack) to be LPT2. It's done by tiny jumpers, and the board has
printed indications (or it comes with a 2-page "manual") of it. It must be set to address 278 (378 is LPT1).

Also, you must configure IRQ value; as a rule, it is IRQ 5 (or 7); that's depending on other IRQ's your system has in use.

b) Open the machine, look for a free slot and insert the board carefully. Press it down until it is firmly placed. Don't close the machine, and power it on.

If all goes OK (operating system starts) then power off, close cover and restart. Go to My PC ==> Control Panel ==> Add new hardware and let it run until finishes; at the end, it has have recognized the new device as "Parallel port".

Connect the cable and attach the printer; go to My PC ==> Control Panel ==> Printer ==> choose your printer ==> right click and go to "Properties". Under "Details" tab, go to "Print to the following port" and change it to LPT2. After that, all must run smoothly.

If you power on the machine and see any strange (monitor shows no image, or you hear a sequence of beeps) then something is wrong, and you must check card insertion and/or jumper configuration.
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bparnesCommented:
First thing to do is to check to make sure you have the printer port available and recognized by Win95.
 
Go to Device Manager in the System Control Panel. Open up the Ports section and confirm that LPT1 is listed.
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benaAuthor Commented:
yes it is listed
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bparnesCommented:
Let's make sure the printer port on your computer is working. Can you get into MS-DOS prompt mode and, with the printer attached and turned on, issue the commands:
   CD \
   TYPE AUTOEXEC.BAT > PRN
If your printer starts flashing that it has received data, but nothing prints then you may need to press the Form Feed button on the front panel.

What we are looking for is something getting to the printer from your computer. What we have done is about as simple a task as can be done, and if we don't get anything to printer there are only a few more things we can do. But let's find out what happens here first.

(If you don't have a file called AUTOEXEC.BAT in your root directory, then substitute the name of another small file - preferably with a .BAT or .TXT extension.)
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vikiingCommented:
>>TYPE AUTOEXEC.BAT > PRN

Bparnes: although this is not the case, keep in mind that if printer is a post-script one (i.e.: HP-8xx) that command won't work if executed in pure DOS instead of a DOS window.

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bparnesCommented:
Good point. I was aware of the kind of printer we are dealing with here though.
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benaAuthor Commented:
I tried this command in pure dos, by pressing f8, then dos, (upon rebooting).
Also from dos windows, by clicking run,
program,ms dos prompt, but it did NOT work, Got a message  "write fault error message writing device prn, abort, retry, ignore,fail?"
Any other input?
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bparnesCommented:
It's beginning to look like the printer port is not set up properly, or is defective. Can you go into the CMOS Setup program as you boot the computer and look to see how the parallel port is configured? In my BIOS I find that setting on the Integrated Peripherals page. If it isn't set to enabled and EPP, set 'em.
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benaAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your reply, I can not find the cmos, because I formated the HD, last year. is there any utility that I can download (from compaq or others)to see the cmos.
thanks
Ben
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bparnesCommented:
As your computer boots, you'll see a message saying something like:

Press DEL to enter SETUP.

Different computers have different wordings and use different keys to let you get to the CMOS SETUP. Try DEL first. If that doesn't work, try F1 and F10 which are other common keys to use.
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vikiingCommented:
Although cable is firmly attached to machine, as you said, perhaps it does have broken/cutted wires. ¿Can you use another cable?
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bparnesCommented:
The cable is still a possibility, though bena has said in his original question that the printer with cable works when attached to his laptop. That has gotten me focused on the computer side of the system, rather than the printer/cable side. If you do have another cable, you might try using it and see what happens. No harm can come from the experiment, and you just might luck out.
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benaAuthor Commented:
I tried dif. new cable, but it did not work either.
"As your computer boots, you'll see a message saying something like:

Press DEL to enter SETUP. "
I do not see this message upon rebooting, it just counts the numbers of Ram MB.
I tried del, f1,f2,f10 but could not get to the cmos.
Is there any software that can see that?
and what changes I need to do once I get there?
Thank you again.



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vikiingCommented:
>>I tried del, f1,f2,f10 but could not get to the cmos.

Your computer manual must indicate how to enter BIOS setup to check/modify its contents, perhaps by pressing a key during power on or by means of a specialized program.

Anyway, ¿did your machine work OK before, or this is a new installation? We've seen before it's possible the parallel port be damaged; with less than $10 you can buy an additional parallel port, define it as LPT2 and see what happens (although that has a subtle problem: if you think to attach a scanner to the port, almost no scanner is recognized at another port but LPT1... :(



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benaAuthor Commented:
with less than $10 you can buy an additional parallel port, define it as LPT2 and see what happens


I wish that you told me before, Now
is it hard to install a par. port.(and how please).
also my scanner is attached to a scsi card.
Thank you lot.
Ben
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bparnesCommented:
Head to the following Compaq web site for good instructions on how to access and use the setup program on your computer.

http://www.compaq.com/athome/support/paqtip/20023.html

In particular pay attention to the following paragraph:

How to use your Computer Setup and Diagnostics utility


When the unit is turned ON, (some will see the memory count up first) you will see a blinking cursor in the top left-hand side of the screen. The cursor will then jump to the right side (or disappear) for a couple seconds. At this time, press the F10 key on your keyboard. This will load the Computer Setup and Diagnostics utility. NOTE: If you do not see a cursor jump to the right of the screen, restart your computer and continuously press F10 until you see STARTING MS-DOS.



As to the printer cable, please make sure that it is IEEE-1284 compliant.

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benaAuthor Commented:
Thank you .
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benaAuthor Commented:
thank you : bparnes
Good job too.
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