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Zebra LP 2844 parallel communication problem

My printer doesn't communicate with PC by parallel port, USB and serial communic. is ok. What's the issue? Of course everything is connected, the LPT port is ok, the printer is ON.

If anyone had a solution, I would be glad for a contact.

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The printer is installed on the PC using a specific port. If it's installed on the USB port, it won't work on the parallel port. Do you have this printer installed 3 different times? Need more details such as how was it installed the first time? And if it's working on the other 2 ports, why does it have to work on the parallel?

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