My HP2200 laser printer has been fine through a small 4 port USB 1.0 hub, but it began acting up when I installed a new, 7 port USB 2.0 hub. It often refuses to print; the active light may, or may not, blink, but the main issue is the printer status at the PC (XP Pro) tells me the job won't print. Resetting won't help, sometimes doing a variety of things (turning printer off, killing job from queue, resetting printer, un- and re-plugging cable in hub, terminating/restarting DTP application, making animal sacrifices to the printer gods, etc.) will let me print some more... until the next time.
I assumed that the cheap 7 port hub was the problem and invested in a quality D-Link DUB-H7 (name brand)... same thing. So I plugged it directly in the PC, and all is well, except that I've no place to accommodate a couple other USB devices I use on occasion.
I appreciate any suggestions/solutions. thanks, Bob
Re: Printer doesn't seem to like my 7 port USB hub
A lot of the time devices plugged into a USB hub don't receive enough power to run correctly. One possible solution is to get a dual-input usb cable and try using that. These cables connect to a usb device and then have two jacks for plugging into ports, which may supply enough power. You should be able to find them online fairly cheaply, so if you can spare 2 spots in the usb hub that may be your best bet.
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Printers are particular about which usb port they are plugged into, a virtual printer port is assigned to USB1 in the computer, when you select the printer port for it to use. You may need to plug the printer into each USB port, until you fine the USB port 1 which it works in, remember to always connect it to this same usb port, otherwise it will not work. There is only one USB port number 1.
There is three things that you will need:
Proper port set up on laptop device manager (Check settings) LPT1 is for a parallel port - Need USB
Correct Driver for the Citizen 6000 Pro Laser (Windows should auto install)
Hub that will communicate via USB to the IEEE 1284 Printer via cable.
I hate to suggest, but you may have to call Microsoft Citizen Tech Support for suggestions on the Hub that will communicate via USB properly. Check your manual for setup options.
I had this problem of the printer reportings "Corrupted Data" on a Samsung CLP-300 and a Samsung MPL-1910 printer and found a software setting that resolves the issue. I only found this issue on Windows 8.1 but I'm not sure it's Windows OS related. I just hadn't had this problem on Windows 7, Vista or XP. My printers are all on my home network connected to print servers so use TCP/IP ports on the laptop.
Go to the Printer Properties menu and select the "Ports" tab (3rd from the left near the top of the menu box.
Select "Configure Ports..." within this tab
If you have "RAW" selected then select LPR.
I added a Queue Name to match the Print server but I'm not sure if this is required
Then click OK and then you'll be returned to the Printer Properties Menu box.
Select the "General" tab on the extreme left of the tabs and click on "Print Test Page"
If you get a "WIndows Printer Test Page" out then this has resolved your problem.
I notice that it still reports on the Test Page that the format is RAW but now it works fine.
We had a GE 7 port usb port and it overheated and melted----thank goodness I got up when I did or the house would have caught on fire. The only thing we had connected to the usb port was a APC battery backup unit. Any reason why the usb port overheated?
It was pugged into the battery backup unit and I am hesitant to rehook the computer up to the battery backup unit and also will not by another GE usb hub again and whatever hub we do use, I will not plug it into an outlet!
the computer was downstairs and I noticed the odor of electrical burning smell upstairs---the unit was bought nov 25, 2007 and we returned it to BJ'S for a refund today-----I do not reccomend this product to anyone.
The answer is probably down to the usb port, they don't always like change, because you are trying to swap hardware in same port, they tend to want to stay with one or the other peice of hardware.
If you have'nt got another spare USB port, which i assume you have'nt, invest in a 2 or 4 port USB hub(But make sure it's powered by a AC power lead and not just a usb powered hub, because some hardware will not be recognised e.g I Pods), this connects into your usb port and gives you 2 or 4 port more to use, and you won't need drivers for it.
They are inexpensive and you simply plug it in.
I think this will solve it for you