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The Epson works fairly well with XP. It is to be connected to
a parallel port, usually LPT1
using an IEEE certified parallel printer cable. The computer BIOS
setting is best set for standard parallel port, SPP, bi-directional port
or similar. If possible, do not set it to ECP or EPP or ECP & EPP.
The only native driver for the printer is on the Windows CP CD. Install
using the Add Printer wizard.
The Epson LQ-860 drivers, and a few others, can be used. Using these
drivers, you will discover that the printer actually has some resident
fonts (in printer ROM) that are not accessible from the Stylus
driver. However, with this driver, graphics printing quality is
Windows 9x drivers _cannot be used_.
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"the_best_of_fools" <email@example.com> wrote in
:I have an Epson stylus color 600 I can't get to work with Windows XP.
: printer worked fine with my old Mac.
: I've tried everything I could and nothing is working. The printer is
: connected to
: the computer via parallel LPT1 port. I've installed the WindowsXP
: for this printer model (the Epson drivers are too old and not
: computer doesn't detect the new hardware with Plug and Play when
: (don't know why) so I had to manually Add Hardware (Printer Port) with
: Hardware Wizard. I'm not sure how to recognize if the LPT1 port is
: not and set up properly in the BIOS? I read something about having to
: parallel port to ESP or ECP depending on the printer's requirement
: don't know) in the BIOS?
: Everytime I send a test page or print from a command prompt or WordPad
: nothing happens for 1-2 minutes and then I get a "Printer Out of
: message in the pop-up. Of course, the printer has enough paper (and I
: print a sefl-test page from the printer). I also tried with another
: cable and it still doesn't work. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling
: printer's driver many time and it's still not printing.
If the port had been changed to LPT1 the printer will not work.
LPT1 is the large parallel port, while you are using USB on this printer.
the red light came on probably because of a jam , or because of one of the documents in the printer cue.
The easiest thing to do is
Unplug printer usb. Go to control panel>installed printer. Delete all the instances of this printer from there and chose to delete drivers if asked. Reistall the printer using the printer disk, plug in printer data cable only when asked by setup wizard.
If you have a different USB cable, also use it, just in case.
If that does not fix the problem , then there is an internal fault in the printer.
Windows XP/VISTA (do not install the CD) 1)Plug the cable into the USB port on your computer. 2)A prompt that says "Found New Hardware" will appear. Windows will then install the USB printing support driver automatically. You do not need to install the driver from the CD. 3)Plug the cable into the printer. 4)If your printer is already installed, click on Start, then Printers & Faxes. Right click on the printer you are connecting to and click on Properties. Click on the Ports tab and check the ‘Virtual printer port for USB’ port. Click OK. 5)You should now be able to print.
With XP, the biggest clue is to FIRST plug the cable into the usb slot, THEN the other end of the cable into the printer.
possible issue is port configuration. if the generic text driver works, apd driver should work too.
what may be happen is that when you install the apd driver the other printer drivers that you have were still using the same port that your apd driver were using. example, you have generic txt assigned to lpt1 and then the apd were assigned on the same port, this is were you get the trouble.
what you must do is, first, check any printer driver that you have using the lpt, say for example, you generic text is using lpt1, when you install the apd driver set it to lpt2. apd drivers will create a new port normally called esdprt. try to use that port but if that will not work reassigned the port of your apd driver to lpt2 printer port then uncheck bi-directional support. from there you should be able to print..