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Turns on by itself after turning on PC

Is there a way to prevent the printer from automatically turning on when I power up the PC? I made sure the printer was turned off manually with the power button shutting it down completely (not in any sleep or hibernation mode). However, after powering on the PC (Dell XPS 630I with Vista) the printer was automatically turned on as well. How do I separate the power on for each unit? I want to power on the printer on my own by using the Power button on the printer itself, not have it tied in with the PC. Thanks!

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  • ntlives Feb 03, 2009

    Just an extra note to my post:

    I do not use any wireless network card bundle. It's a Dell All-In-One that is connected directly to the PC with a USB cable.

  • ntlives Feb 07, 2009

    Hi Cajun,

    Thanks for your fast reply, but unchecking the printer boxes in msconfig didn't solve the issue. Yes, one cable is USB between the PC and printer, the other is an electrical cord to the wall. There was no related setup option on the printer interface or the software on installed on the PC to not turn on in conjunction with the PC.


  • ntlives Feb 07, 2009

    Thanks Cajun, very kind of you:)

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You should have two cables. One USB cable for the print data to flow thru to the printer. Then a separate power cable hooked into an outlet from the printer. If you make that set up then the printer will not turn on when the computer turns on. Second option: click on start>run>type msconfig in the box. This will bring up a window, one of the tabs on that window says startup. Look in that tab to see if you can find printer. Then disable it and it will not startup when computer starts.

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    Randall Trahan Feb 07, 2009

    Wow..please keep me updated on this one..I've never heard of a PC powering up when it was manually turned off. I'll do some more research though and also discuss it with some of the fellow technicians. See if we can get this one figured out..

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