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09-03-2005, 09:38 AM
From time to time, my relatively new hp/compaqnx9040 running XP Professional, loses the com1/lpt1 ports. The ports are still available under DOS and in Safe Mode, and often a reboot will restore them into normal Windows mode. Norton is negative on viruses, Spybot is clean.

Any suggestions? :help:

Speedy Gonzales
09-03-2005, 09:45 AM
I would check the BIOS. See what the com port/printer settings/LPT settings are on.

Also, look in device manager under the com port/s /printer/LPT entries. Does it say theyre alright under device manager??

I take it u use both this comport and the printer port, why u noticed they disappear once in a while??

09-03-2005, 01:11 PM
Device manager has lost its listing of these ports when they disappear.

BIOS appears to be alright.

I only use the com port, but both are listed in the device manager which indicates that they are working correctly when they are visible.