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HP LaserJet 4L USB with Win XP

I need to get a LaserJet 4L printing with WinXP via a USB capable connected a Dell Latitude D630 laptop computer. I need some help. Service Pack 3 is installed.

The first time this connection was made the printing worked with NotePad and Microsoft Word. No problem.

Following efforts to connect the LaserJet 4L to the same USB  port has not been successful. After shutting off and rebooting the laptop (leaving the printer on) the files will print very early in the reboot process.

What adjustments or changes need to be made to insure reliable printing each time the laptop is connected to the USB cable connected to the LaserJet 4L.

I'll gladly supple additional details.

Regards,
Frank

Driver name: UNIDRV.DLL
Data file: HPLJ4L.GPD
Config file: UNIDRVUI.DLL
Help file: UNIDRV.HLP
Environment: Windows NT x86
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a LaserJet 4 at a client and print to it via a USB <--> Parallel cable. I must use the same USB port each time, but it works fine and has done for a couple of years.

So a couple of things:

1. Uninstall the printer (printer dialogue box) and then remove any drivers (Print Server Properties). Restart, plug in the printer to a USB port (that you will remember), and install the printer again. Does it work?

2. Check your USB ports that they are known to be working properly.

... Thinkpads_User
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fshaw818Author Commented:
Ah! I'll verify the "same USB" port each time to see if that addressed the inconsistency. One you stated that fact it seems obvious, but not until I read your comment. Hope, really hope, this fixes it.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The reason I mentioned "same port" is that I set this up on my "upper" port because my mouse key was in the "lower" port.

Now I use a Bluetooth mouse (no ports). If I forget and plug the cable in the bottom, nothing prints. If I then just move the cable, printing starts right up. .... Thinkpads_User
 
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fshaw818Author Commented:
Still need some expert assistance & help.

I tried shutting down Win XP, left the LaserJet 4L connected to the same USB port and rebooted. The result is not good. I'm able to print. The Printed is listed as "ready" in the "Printers and Faxes" dialogue box, but nothing prints. It appeared the printer is not on. Note, in the past when connected via the parallel port, the printer did not require being switched on.

I shutdown the system. I started the printer and did a printer (not Win XP) test page, then rebooted Win SP. Again. The LaserJet 4L is listed as "default" and "ready", but does not work with a job is sent to the printer. The print queue icon does appear in the task bar area, but the printer does not activate.

Would really appreciate some help to configure this correctly.

Note, the printer did work normally the first time it was connected via a USB cable.

Regards,
Frank
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
USB to parallel cables come in a wide range of costs. Mine was pricey in the scheme of things ($20 or a bit more), but performs well (perfectly). You might consider a higher quality cable.

Also to your comment above, I can plug in the cable and the computer will let me know I plugged it in, but I do need the printer on to do anything.

.... Thinkpads_User
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nobusCommented:
personally i found much of these "adapter" cables and converters not working corret, but EVERY PCI to parallel port does work without problems :  - 9 or 26 $ here :  http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=40000073%20600022012&IsNodeId=1&Description=windows%207
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I was pleased to assist. ... Thinkpads_User
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nobusCommented:
me not ..lol
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