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    Default Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    Hi Folks

    I've got two USB ports on my laptop and four on an external powered hub. I'm constantly plugging and unplugging. This means that there are six possible ports I might plug my laser printer into.

    The problem is, if I plug it in where it hasn't been before, windows prompts me to install software for it. If I quit the install, it's unusable.

    I just want one installation of the software and the printer to "see" it whichever port I may happen to plug into. Is this possible?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    What version of Windows are you using?

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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    just use one port and remember what one you use.
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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    Does it work in the hub?? Because not all USB devices work / or work properly when plugged into a hub.

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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    By any chance does the Laser have an Ethernet Port.
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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    Thanks for the replies.

    It's XP-Pro.

    Prefer to find a solution rather than have to leave one port permanently empty for the printer or "safely remove"/unplug something else every time.

    No, the printer is not network-capable. It's a brother HL-1430 - a fairly cheap domestic laser.

    Yes, it does work in the hub - one of the hub slots is the one that it "knows", but sometimes I just want to put down my laptop and quickly print something without having everything else connect and start up.

    I have more devices than the five (one used by the hub connector) available to me at any one time, so I chop and change.

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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    You dont have to use safely remove hardware for a printer.

    Just unplug it

    You only use it for things like USB flash drives / removable hdd's

    Thats probably why its asking for the drivers all the time.

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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    Install the printer with it connected directly to your PC - not using the hub - this way it knows its the printer only and doesn't get confused..

    Then connect it to the hub - any port.

    And then, as Speedy says, don't shut it off.
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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    Quote Originally Posted by pctek View Post
    Install the printer with it connected directly to your PC - not using the hub - this way it knows its the printer only and doesn't get confused..

    Then connect it to the hub - any port.

    And then, as Speedy says, don't shut it off.
    Okay, thanks - I'll give that a try.

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    Default Re: Avoiding multiple installs of a USB printer

    Well, it was a while before I came back to this. I've bought a new laptop since, and much of my spare time has been absorbed by it.

    I decided not to bother with this printer problem on the old laptop, but when I try out the solution on the new one, I get a different problem.

    I followed the instructions exactly. Now, rather than being prompted to install software, if I use a different USB slot (on the laptop itself rather than on a hub) than I originally used when I installed the software, Windows creates another instance of the printer. This is a pain because only the instance that matches the port I happen to be using for the printer will be on-line, so I have to explicitly choose the right printer each time.

    I don't get why the computer doesn't treat the printer like any other USB device - I can use my mouse, USB flash, keyboard, external drive & iPod cradle on any slot without any delay or any problem.

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