cannot print to lpt1 from xp or dos

I have setup local Hp 4200 printer in Xp. When sending a print job it shows as printing in print Q but nothing appears at printer. Tried printing through dos and agin can see print job going through print Q but nothing appears at printer, reinstalled printer and swapped out cable but no change but when I logout pprint jobs start printing off, has anyone seen this before?
sdglasaceAsked:
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nobusCommented:
When you double click the printer in the printers section, is the stop printing maybe checked?
And is the printer installed and showing in the printers section?
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sdglasaceAuthor Commented:
printer is installed and showing correctly and stop printing is not checked, any other ideas??
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nobusCommented:
is the print queu empty? if not clear it from all documents
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nobusCommented:
did you check in the properties of the printer if it is set to lpt1? - right click on the printer in the printers section, select properties, check ports settings and advanced settings check : start printing immediately and check also print documents in printqueu first
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sdglasaceAuthor Commented:
print q is empty, printer is set to lpt1, printer is also set to start printing immediately, have tried spooling as well but still no change
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nobusCommented:
if you boot to dos, and print a small text file with the command : (file .txt should be located under c:)

print c:\file.txt /c /d:lpt1 - Prints the file file.txt to the parallel port lpt1.

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wyliecoyoteukCommented:
I would check the Parallel port setting in the bios.
There are uauslly 3 options:
standard
EPP
ECP

try them in turn,
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compfixer101Commented:
I AGREE TO wyliecoyoteuk,

check in BIOS or CMOS or SETUP  during bootup  

i had the same problem and went in BIOS looked around for the setting and somehow it was disabled so nothing happened but it acted thus it worked on the screen but at the printer nothing moved



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compfixer101Commented:
also generally the first option is the most recommended



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compfixer101Commented:
WELL did that help at all??


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sdglasaceAuthor Commented:
sorry have been away for a bit - tried all of the above over the past couple of hours and nothing appears to be allowing this printer to print.  tested the printer on another workstation and it is fine so at least I know that it is the workstation.  Took a ghost of the machine that the printer works from and put this on the workstation that is not working and still no prints.  This must however be related to the hardware of the workstation so will get this exchanged
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compfixer101Commented:
I want a status update on this question and whether or not it has been resolved.
Sorry about not answering right away but i have been on DELL forums lately for a major problem has been happening to the dells and well i want to take my chance to state my opionin against dell


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sdglasaceAuthor Commented:
Still no joy with original box have moved to another and works fine, confirmed that BIOS on both are identical configuration so have returned unit for a replacement.

Thanks for everyones help.
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