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Dell P1500 Laser Printer: USB Port is Broken--plastic center peg broken off

Greetings Wise Ones,
My Dell P1500 USB port is broken. Something hit the plug and snapped the little plastic peg in the center of the port.

How can I fix this by popping out the broken port and replacing it with a new one? Or, does it need to go to a repair shop? (I don't solder! And, I destroyed every model I tried to build as a kid with my spatial perception "challenges" and lack of digital dexterity, so if this is more complex than loosing/tightening screw, I am out of my league.)

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SOURCE: Printer Not Responding

check the device manager for any errors

delete the printer from the device manager and reboot your pc with the printer plugged in

Posted on Jan 01, 2008

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SOURCE: windows xp with not recongise HP Laserjet 6p when plugged into a usb port

To my knowledge, the 6P isn't a USB printer, it's parallel port only. Are you using a USB / parallel port adapter? If so, I believe that's the root of your problems - the adapter.

Try hooking it directly to the parallel port (shut the PC and printer down before doing so).

Upon restart, Windows will detect it, and may or may not "know" the model, so you may have to choose it from the dropdown boxes.

If it works when directly connected, you will need to either locate drivers for the adapter (if any), or manually configure it under the printer port properties.

If you need more help, let me know. These are great little printers - once you get them to work!

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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SOURCE: USB port problems with hp printer

There are few things to remember using USB.

  • If your System is in hybernation mode, don't remove any attached USB device, because it will damage your USB driver. This is one of the known problem from microsoft.
  • If you have to remove any USB device use 'Safely Remove Hardware'.

To remove currepted USB drivers its not enough to remove your printer drivers.
  1. You should un-install the 'Universal Serial Bus Controllers' from Device Manager.
  2. Then re-boot to clean registry.
  3. Install the 'Universal Serial Bus Controllers' using XP Setup CD.
  4. Then check the Mass storage, PDA etc, it should recognized by XP.
  5. Then install printer driver (don't attach printer to system untill setup finish or setup says to connect).

I think it will fix.
Please let me know your feed-back.


Posted on Apr 15, 2008

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SOURCE: Cannot install Canon PIXMA MP190 printer

Thank you for your promptitude.
Today I solved my problem. Was a cable connection problem. Cable incompatibilit or all 3 cables used before are damaged. Tuday I buy an other new cable and SUCCESS!!!: my computer see de printer ("new hardware found" when attach usb cable) , create virtual usb port, install the drivers (I have the drivers downloaded from the Canon web site) and printer is working fine.
Anyway, thank yow again for your support!

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: HP Laser 4L driver for USB port

Not all USB adapters are the same, you need the one that is made for your printer, I would try a different adapter before going too deep, because when you plug it in your computer should see it even without drivers.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: Dell P1500 Laser Printer

You need to replace the separation pad. This printer is made by Lexmark, so parts are available through many vendors. The part number for the pad is 56P0691. You can google the part number to find a vendor closest to you for the best shipping charges. It is relatively easy to replace. Good luck.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

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