Using dell inspiron 6000 laptop with XP Pro SP 2 as a desktop replacement.
Internet is via home LAN.
Directly attached printer is an HP deskjet 5650 connected via USB 1 to the laptop. This has always worked in the past.
Am now unable to print. The computer recognizes the printer (i.e., the Print dialogue box shows "HP Deskjet 5600 series" as the default printer and it prints a test page from the laptop). If I click Print, though, the "Windows cannot print becuase of a problem with the current printer setup. Try one or more of the following..." error message pops up. If I click "Find Printer" button, then a "the directory service is currently unavailable" error message pops up.
The printer's "ink low" warning light was originally on. But ,again , it prints a beautifully colored test page, and now the low ink light is off.
I've reinstalled the printer's driver. I've tried changing the USB cord, and tried plugging it into different USB plugs on the laptop, all to no avail.
Help! Any ideas???