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USB print driver works only at one single USB Port- Driver is re-installed when moved to different USB port

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If I don't plug my printer back into the same port as first installed, the "found new hardware" screen appears, and wants to re-install the driver at the new port. This happens both with my laptop, and Destop systems.  OS: XP Pro   Printers: HP Laser 1000, and HP Multi-function printer.

Are USB print drivers "port independant", or associated only with individual ports??
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This is normal behavior if the device you are connecting to the USB port does not have a specific identifier associated with it.

Windows XP relies on serial number identification to distinguish between attached printers. However, the current USB specification does not require devices to provide a serial number and is, therefore, not provided by some printer manufacturers. When connecting such a printer (no serial number in ROM), Windows XP cannot identify it and enumerates it as a new printer..

Your printers most likely do not have the serial number identification in them.

here is the microsoft page relating to USB ports and windows

http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/tech/print/usbprint.mspx

Here is USB completely explained for version 1.1 ad 2.0 also has other resources.

http://www.sss-mag.com/usb.html
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Yes it is a "feature" of Windows, and it applies to cameras, card readers, pdas, etc.

Strangely enough, it does not apply to some other OSes.
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