HP A6700Y Printer Connects and Disconnects Intermittently

This problem happens using Windows Vista or Windows 7 on this PC.  The printer model number is HP Deskjet 4360.  The connect and reconnect sound can be heard randomly.  Devices and printers will show the printers offline.  Device manager will also state issues sometimes.

I have updated to the latest BIOS on HP's site.  I have disconnected the memory card reader still the same issue.
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1namylnAsked:
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
i see 2x  4300 listed in the printer list + another printer
i would delete all -  and reinstall ONE to test

you can also look at the power settings -  so it does not get turned off to save power

alternatively - test this printer on another PC; just to be sure it's not the printer itself
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What sounds do you hear?  Is it connected wirelessly?   Wired printers are more reliable and I suggest that if the printer is wireless.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Its connected via USB.  I attached an image for a better understanding of what I'm seeing.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If it has the latest BIOS, try checking the USB ports to make sure they are not set to turn off to save power.  USB ports on my machine do not turn off, but you might check to see if this is the issue.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You might also check the Printer settings to see if power saving turns it off to save power.
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Sivaraj ELead – IT InfrastructuresCommented:
Can you you run the utility from HP (HP Print and Scan Doctor) for your model ?

Expand the Utility - Diagnostics Tool on the page

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/softwareCategory?os=4158&lc=en&cc=us&dlc=en&sw_lang=&product=3374281#N256

Also update your printer drivers is highly recommended the same can be downloaded from the above link.

Regards, Shiva
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Device manager error reports, Windows has stopped this device because it reported problems. (Code 43).

No issues when connecting the printer to another computer.

As for the power saving settings, the printer issue is present in both Vista and Windows 7.

As soon as I plug the printer into this machine a popup occurs stating the device can't be recognized.

I've disconnected all USB from the motherboard.  Like, front panel, card reader, etc.  Same issue occurs.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I think the next step would be to check with HP Support (enter a case) to see if this printer is really Windows 7 compatible, and if they have a better driver.
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nobusCommented:
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
The printer has done the same thing on Vista and Windows 7.  Feels more like the motherboard is malfunctioning in some way.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So then call HP Support as suggested. They may have a driver or firmware that will fix the problem.
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Calling HP consumer tech support is very painful.  Looks like the computer will become a paperweight.  Or at least if the printer is to be used.

The printer is a few years out of warranty also.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Calling HP consumer tech support is very painful

They can be - I have called them before.

The printer is a few years out of warranty also.

That is why I suggested the possibility of Windows 7 compliance. They may have tried to provide a driver that never worked properly.

Given its age, you are probably better off with a new printer. I got an HP Printer for my home office in December 2010 and it works with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. I think they are doing a better job with their newer printers.
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nobusCommented:
did you try any of the things i suggested in my first post yet?
i see 2x  4300 listed in the printer list + another printer
i would delete all -  and reinstall ONE to test

you can also look at the power settings -  so it does not get turned off to save power

alternatively - test this printer on another PC; just to be sure it's not the printer itself
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1namylnAuthor Commented:
Printer worked fine on another computer for the last few days but yesterday wouldn't work on any computer I attached it to.  Should have known this from the beginning but wasn't sure.  Thanks to all for your efforts.
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nobusCommented:
tx for feedback
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