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I can't get my computer to recognize the port that printer is plugged in to. I just bought this printer and it won't print anything. I have tried troubleshooting and the printer makers on line support.

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    Wayne Mineard May 11, 2010

    More specifics please:



    Make and model of the printer.



    Operating system you are using.

  • Richard O
    Richard O May 11, 2010

    Is it a usb printer?

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Normally Windows will automatically detected and load drivers for standard, ECP, and EPP parallel printer ports. USB ports used for printers, that's more complicated and often requires that drivers and/or software be loaded BEFORE connecting a USB printer

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