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No Valid Printer Ports

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I use windows me and I installed a Lexmark all in one printer. I had to uninstall and reinstall the printer. Now it is telling me there are no valid ports and that it cannot install the printer. Any help would be appreciated. It's a lexmark X1185
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Is this printer a USB or Parallel printer?
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Is is a USB printer.
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The first thing that I would try would be to unplug the printer, remove any of the Lexmark printer drivers you have, re-boot the computer, and go into Windows but go in Safe Mode.  Once in there, go into your device manager, and delete anything you see in there to do with your USB ports.  Re-boot the computer as normal, and let Windows re-detect your USB ports.  Once that is all said and done, try installing your printer as instructed by your manual.  If you don't see anything in the device manager about USB ports, tell us, and we will go from there.
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Ok here is the low down. I did what you said and removed the USB ports in safe mode and restarted but for some reason it just would not work. I could see the printer installed but the soft ware just would not install all the way, it would get to a point and give me the same message that there were no valid ports. So I tried again, and again. BIG MISTAKE. On the fourth restart...it kindly told me, that  it could not load explorer.exe and that windows had to be reinstalled. Oh hell no....good thing I did'nt. Just as I was about to do the reinstall I noticed my profile was still there so I fgured there must be something still on there...so off to the shop I went . He just did a recovery and all was ok. So I asked him about the printer...and off to the shop I went with the printer. You know what? @#@!&^%#$@ The printer installed with no problem. I could not believe what I was seeing. After telling me umteen times there was no freaking valid port..it installed perfectly. So what's the pont here? IF IT AINT BROKE...DON'T FIX IT!
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Well, on the brite side, at least you have it back up and going.  It could be that half the trouble was just the fact that you are running Windows ME.  It is definately not on of the more favourable versions of Windows.  :-(
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Yes I know I have many sympathy cards already.....but thanks for the help anyway. But I jope this will serve as a dire warning to anyone who wants to tinker with something they think they can make better. DON'T

Eventually i willbe going to XP, but the repairman said that it would be better to wait...cause installing XP on my current computer would make it too slow. It's been about 2 or 3 years since I've had it so the time will come soon when I need a new computer.
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