troubleshooting Question

Local print jobs go to a network printer

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I have a bizarre problem:  Local print jobs end up going to a network printer.  Here's the background:

Windows 2000 Server / XP Workstation (brand new workstation, aging server)
Dot matrix printer hooked to LPT1 on workstation
Several laser printers on network are added to the workstation

Every print job goes to a laser printer.  I have tried uninstalling all the printers, getting a new workstation, etc.  Another technician reported that taking the computer off the domain "fixes" it.  

Also, we have tried printing from several logins.  It prints locally under other domain logins for a time, and then starts sending jobs to a network printer.

There are no viruses, spyware, or other corruption on either the server or the workstation that I can find.

Another weird thing:  This apparently all started when the old workstation got a new flat panel monitor.  The printer cable was knocked loose, and print jobs were attempted to be sent to the local printer.  When the problem was caught and the printer cable got plugged back in, the workstation was not able to print locally again.  

We thougtht it might have been a hardware issue, so we brought in a new workstation.  Still, no local print jobs.

Has anyone seen this?  Does anyone have any idea how to troubleshoot?
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