Parallel port not recognizing printer

By Hemogoblin
Sep 18, 2008
  1. I've got a printer that's hooked up to the parallel port at the back of my computer, but the computer refuses to realize that it's there. What is the cause of this?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Could be a number of things:
    1. Parallel is disabled in CMOS
    2. Device Manager has an error with Parallel Port
    3. Your Printer Drivers are corrupt, or partially loaded
    4. You have a Virus/Trojan
    5. The Printer is off, or has malfunctioned
    6. The Parallel cord or computer connection is faulty

    Also what is the name and model number of your Printer?
    What OS are you running?
    And have you thought of updating to a newer USB? (they've been around for years now!)
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