Since Old Faithful (my decrepit W98 Print Server) died, with the printing demands of two UNI students plus my business to satisfy I have had to make other arrangements for the print-load here on our home network.
I hooked my HP1200 printer up to LPT1 on my main computer via the in/out pass-through ports on my HP scanner, booted the computer and the printer was duly recognised. I loaded the CD and installed the drivers, printed a test page and thought all was well, but no such luck.
More often than not I now get an error message "can't print to Port DOT4-001" and on checking in Device Manager I find that it is not installed on LPT-1 but is on what seems to be a virtual port called DOT4-001. It prints test pages OK (most of the time, sometimes it fails) but when I try to print a document I get an error message "cannot find DOT4-001" etc.
This is unfamiliar territory to me, I've been installing and uninstalling printers for years and never saw anything like this. At one stage Old Faithful had three LPT ports running with a variety of printers plus the scanner and never complained once!
How can I force this printer back onto LPT-1?