I've got my printer always powered off, until I need to print something. Than I turn it on and it is recognized. Also, I hardly ever, restart from the taskbar. I just shut down if I don't need to use it anymore and turn it on again when I need. No need for a restart except in exceptional cases.
So I wouldn't have those problems even with your hardware. And I don't think you've got any problem if you just turn the printer off after using it, and on again when you start printing. Which seems a quite normal way to me to handle it.
Anyway, you forgot to tell what your local computer tech did after he formatted the HD. Formatting has only one result: an empty partition with nothing on it. And from your post I understand he put Windows and AVG on it, and maybe more?
It seems to be the way it works. Things that might be tried if you want to solve it:
- install latest version of motherboard drivers
- install latest version of printer driver
- try front USB in stead of back USB or the other way around
- try if another printer behaves differently
- try a powered USB-hub in between
- try a separate USB-card
Personally, I wouldn't care if your printer is your only problem. It would be different if your USB-mouse and USB-keyboard wouldn't work either after a restart. But even then, probably I would be accept having to do a shut down in stead of a restart.
when ever I do a computer restart from the Taskbar.
I have my Epson printer plugged into one of the usb ports and it comes up "printer not ready"
If I cycle the power on the printer it comes back ok.
If I do a "hard" restart using the power button on the front of the tower they function ok.
My local computer tech just formatted my HD but the problem is still there....
I have an intell core 2 and XP pro operating system with AVG as an anti-virus.