HP A610E w/XP Home Ed w/SP1 bought directly from HP crashed recently (out of warranty). The 10 HP recovery CDs (sent originally w/A610E) were not correct recovery discs for A610E. Contacted HP, they agreed, sending by overnight express new set consisting of 7 recovery discs. To do a XP recovery, all peripherals have to be disconnected. Had earlier installed two Epson ink jet printers using original Epson CDs (Stylus Color 440 @Lpt1, Stylus CX3810 @USB port). Both worked OK - before PC crashed. Did XP recovery with new 7 discs, everything seem to go OK, A610E (PC)with recovered XP installed. But when tried to re-install the 2 printers, the PC would not would not accept the original 440's install disc. Went to MS Wizard, found Epson 440 ESC/P2 which PC did install. Question - why would recovered XP not accept the original 440's software install disc like it did before the crash.
Next - the Epson Stylus CX3810 problem - the original drivers CD disc appeared to install but one of 3 things would happen. When selected "Print test page" the whole PC hung up or PC "Can't find the CX3810" and PC hung or error message "Epson Status Monitor 3 not respondng" and PC hung.
Repeated phone calls to HP Support have resulted in "zilch". Epson support thought my original CX3810 was defective and sent me a replacement telling me to junk my original. The new CX3810 does the same with the PC as my original. Funny thing tho', both CX3810s install and work correctly on my older Gateway 733 running WIN98SE !!!
Any ideas - any help ???