I am attempting to print from my HP Compaq 6710b to my HP LaserJet II p Plus. (USB to Parallel). I am receiving an error in the Printing Status which states only ERROR - Printing. I can print a test page from the printer without issue. The printer is configured using Virtual USB port on the laptop. Could the printer itself be misconfigured. I no longer have a User Guide for the printer.
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Re: HP LaserJet II p Plus will not print
I am assuming that you are using Vista. Based on your post/description: 1. the HP Compaq 6710b has no parallel port; 2. the HP LaserJet IIP Plus is only capable of either serial or parallel connection; 3. hence you're attempting a USB to Parallel interface; 4. the printer is installed in your notebook and is set to USB port; 5. from the printer a test print can be performed but not from the Printer Properties in your notebook; 6. all printing jobs initiated from the notebook results in an "Error".
With the above in mind, may I point/suggest that: a. Windows Vista driver will only enable your HP LaserJet IIP Plus' basic functions to work. It is not 100% compatible; b. alternately, you can try using the XP installation CD/drivers of the printer; c. the compatibility issue may be compounded by the USB to parallel interface; d. the USB to parallel interface may be hampered by a known Vista USB issue; e. you can try patching/updating the Vista USB driver. Since this has been a recognized issue with Vista, Microsoft has posted a fix for this here or here. f. verify that the printer does not display a 22 or 40 Error.
If the printing concern has not been rectified after completion of the above procedures, you may need to: i. download and install HP Universal PostScript Print Driver; or ii. consider using a wireless print server connected to the parallel port of the printer; or iii.consider replacing your printer. Sorry.
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HP Support says “If the Ready light is blinking, and the Go light is on, it indicates Data in the printer memory is waiting to be printed. Pressing the GO button prints from Tray 1 or from another tray if Tray 1 is empty and the paper size is supported in the other Tray. Pressing the JOB CANCEL button cancels the current job and the printer returns to ready. Make sure the paper size is correctly defined.
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DOT4 USB Printing support must be installed and the printer setup on a USB port in the printer manager for this to work. The laserjet 3p driver provided by Microsoft does not natively support DOT4 USB printing, as USB was not even invented when that printer came out. You might be able to enable this support by using the HP Universal print Driver instead of the built in driver provided. You can get the universal driver here:
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Use any printer parallel 25pin convertor to USB cable and connect it to pc or notebook Connect both ends from pc to 6L printer Go to website to choose the correct O/S driver for installation http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/DriverDownload.jsp?prodNameId=14974&lang=en&cc=us&taskId=135&prodClassId=-1&prodTypeId=18972&prodSeriesId=25476 Use virtual USB port005 for printer 6L Bi-directional option can be ticked Click apply and ok Unplug and replug the USB cable Try printing a test page,
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