LPT printer printing to network printer

Posted on 2005-02-25
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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have two printers, one connected parallel directly to my computer and another connected to a print server on the network.  When I print to the local printer it prints to the network printer.  If I run a net use fromt he command prompt it says that the network printer is on lpt one, but in the printer properties of both printers the ports are correct.  When I try to delete the lpt using the following syntax:

net use lpt1 delete

I get the following error:

System error 85 has occured

The local device name is already in use

What now?
Question by:suzanne2003
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FlowMotion earned 400 total points
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when you do a net use is lpt1 even mapped to anything?


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dwelldon earned 400 total points
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why don't you delete the existing network printer.

The connect again and use net use ltp2 instead
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mcp_jon earned 400 total points
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Check both LPT settings, and ensure that each one is pointing to where it should be, I mean, the LPT1 pointing to the LPT1:Printer Port and LPT2 to \\xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx\ where xxx is a network name or ip adress.

This settings can be seen when you right click the Blank area in the Printers and Fazes Folder, WinXP, or Printers, win2k.

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Lee_Jones earned 400 total points
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Hi suzanne2003,

You have a syntax error. You want to type:

 net use LPT1 /DELETE

You missed the "/" in /DELETE

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cybermilky earned 400 total points
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at your printer properties, you can configure the port. Use the LPR settings's Queue Name as LPT2.

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It must have been some hardware issue, because I deleted the NIC and the Parallel Port in the Device Manager and when it rebooted and reloaded the drivers it worked fine.  Thanks for all of your help!

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