Thanks for the info, but I have another question. I get it that I need a usb hub to have both printers available to use rather than unplugging one to use the other. Thanks for the website. I found a couple different ones in a department store here for about $30 each. I'll probably pick one up on the weekend.
I'm just wondering though, if when I uninstalled both drivers for both printers and only installed the laser printer, why it wouldn't print from the usb port on the back of my tower. Wouldn't the fact that I uninstalled both and only installed the laser printer "erase" what the computer thought I was using before and revert back to the original hook up of just the laser printer?
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Yes and No, unless you manually change a pc settings, it may search for items in pre-programmed ports, depending on what windows versions you are running, sometimes a pc will not pick up new hardware attached either, so it wont recognise it and it will revert then, but you can fix this by reinstalling the one you want again and it may pick it up then, pc's are temperamental!!! Go to printers in your control panel and see what printers are actually hooked up and where and if they are in ready mode.
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The best option for this is to attach the printer via USB to a Network Printer Hub.
Printer Hubs attach to the network through wireless and convert the printer to be available through that network to any PC.
Some routers also act as a Printer Hub, if you are happy to have your printer located beside the router.
Look in Google for Printer Hubs for more details and local availability.
INSUFFICIENT POWER - USB PORT If you get an error message "Insufficient power to operate USB device" when you plug a USB device into the computer's USB port or the un-powered USB hub that is attached to the computer's USB port, then this device is drawing excessive current that the USB port cannot supply. The maximum output from an USB port is 500mA. In case such as this, you need to purchased a powered USB hub and connect this hub into the computer's USB port and then connect the USB device into this powered USB hub.
USB ports on the LCD is a USB hub. To use these ports you have to connect the input of the USB Hub of the LCD to one of the USB ports of the computer through a USB cable. You
need a simple USB Printer Cable, which is easily available from any Computer Accessories store. Below
is the picture of the cable. The normal USB plug (on the left) goes to
the USB Post of the PC and the square one at the right should be
connected to the LCD.
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The connector type on one end is the standard USB Type A while the other end is the USB Type B. It's probably available at electronic shops around your area. But, if you like, you can contact Lexmark Technical Support and request for that. They can send you one for free. You just need to provide them some info about your printer like the serial number and your personal info for documentation purposes. Hope this helps. If you need more assistance, leave a comment and I'll get back to it. Thanks.
Sometimes a hard wire cable whether lan or usb is needed to set up the router first before going wireless.
If not it maybe your pc needs a ip/dns flush from the last allocated numbers from your bt router.
To clear this:-
Click Start>Run, then type ipconfig /flushdns then press enter.
The answer is yes your PC will not look for any previous drivers to work the printer, but the USB ports on the motherboard don't work on the printer driver, they work from a usb controller, which is where the problems can stem from them not liking hardware change.
Its not a software driver issue but a connection issue, i have it regular.
Did the pc say that it found new hardware, then continued to install drivers and then informed you that your hardware is installed and ready to use.(pop up on task bar)
If you put your printer into another usb port the PC would need to find the drivers again, it does not know that your printer has already been set up in another port.
But you must install both printer drivers ready for when you plug them both in(one at a time.)
I'm sorry, but i'm sure it's as clear as mud.