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printer problem

i just bought a new printer. i hooked it up just like i did the old one (i am using a printer cable not usb port) and when i go to print a message comes up that my computer can't read the printer port. i disconnected it and tried several times but the same message keeps coming up. what am i doing wrong? the printer comes on but just won't print. my printer is an epson c84 ink jet printer if it helps. please advise me on what to do

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1. start-settings-printers, see that your old printer is deleted, which leaves the way open to set a new default printer. See that your new printer shows up.
2. If not, use the installation CD to install new printer.
3.start-settings-printers, right click on new printer, see that it is checkmarked as "default", and go to "properties", then "print test page".
4. let us know results.
5. sometimes a printer installation CD will set up the USB port for the printer. If that shows up under printer properties, uninstall and reinstall the printer through the "add printer" icon under "printers" and chose the LPT1 port.

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I assume you are running 98se or similar as you are in the 95/98 forum.

Did your last printer use the LPT1 port ?
Is LPT1 enabled in your BIOS with the default address of 0378 ?
In the BIOS, is LPT1 set to SPP, ECP, ECC, Bi-directional, Standard etc... - What does your new printer require ? - set this to suit it.
Go to Start - Settings - Control Panel - System - Device Manager - Ports [COM & LPT]
Check the 'Properties' of the LPT1 port and make sure it is not 'Disabled' (General tab) and there are 'No Conflicts' (Resources tab)

Let us know how you get on please....

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