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Ever since I updated my workstation to Windows 2000 Prof.  I have had problems with my Deskjet 720C printer.  It is connected to LPT1.  The problem is that it starts to print and then just stops printing half way throught the job.  Normaly in the middle of the paper.  I have not been able to find any info on this at microsoft.com or HP.com.  

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Have you tried uninstalling the drivers for it and then reinstall them?


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by:ChirsJB
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Yes.
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Have you downloaded the newest driver?
- I know... Stupid questions, but we have to make sure. Try to provide as much information about what you've tried as possible..
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According to HP, Win2000 has the driver.  When I go to the MS web it states that it comes with the install disk.  So I can only think that there is one driver and it is the one supported by microsoft.
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Do you know if the printer works ok on another machine? Could be a problem with the mechanics of the printer.
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No, the printer is fine.  It works on other machines and it worked before I upgrated to Windows 2000.  This problem started with the upgrade.  (Fdisk/format/install of win2000)

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Try going to the BIOS and changing the printer port mode; there should be 3 selections, SPP, ECP, or EPP.  Try switching from one to the other and reboot, then see if you can print the document completely.

Try booting into Safe Mode and delete any other instances of this or any other printer, as well as the LPT port.  Reboot, and have Windows redetect and reinstall the drivers for both the port and printer.

Does it print this way for all documents or just one?  I recently dealt with an Adobe PDF file which would refuse printing more than 1 of its 2 pages, even with the latest drivers (HP LaserJet 2100).  Other files would print just fine; this led me to wonder whether the PDF file itself was somehow corrupt, causing the printer to misinterpret some commands.
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Does event log says anything?
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by:ChirsJB
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I had to go through about three settings before I found one that worked (ECP+EPP1.7).  Thanks.  If Ronin reads this, ther was nothing in the event logs.

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Chris
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