Change the parallel port setting from LPT1 to LPT2.
To get the printer to function properly, change the parallel port setting to LPT2 from the default setting, LPT1. Otherwise, the operating system will have to be reinstalled because LPT1 cannot be recovered due to a corrupt entry in the registry.
To change the parallel port setting from LPT1 to LPT2, perform the following steps:
|NOTE:||In Windows 2000 and Windows XP Classic Start Menu view, My Computer is located on the desktop. Otherwise, My Computer appears in the start menu of Windows XP by default.|
|NOTE:||The above procedure will enable the printer to be installed on LPT2 and should not cause any conflicts or problems. If the port must be set to LPT1, however, the only solution will be to reinstall the operating system.|
The parallel port printers seem to be affected while the Printer Installation Wizard is being used to reinstall the printer driver.
In the Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, or Microsoft Windows XP operating systems, the following error message may appear either during printer driver reinstallation or if the printer stops responding:
An error has occurred during the installation of the device. The printer name is invalid.
Parallel port printers seem to be affected. While Printer Installation Wizard is being used to reinstall the printer driver, the printer name may change to include invalid characters, such as /, !, \, ,. The option to select LPT1 may also be missing from the list of available ports.
Article ID: SLN67547
Last Date Modified: 08/01/2010 12:00 AM