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Unable to use 2 Printers at same time


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Cobbscout

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Windows XP Sp2
desktop computer
1 USB hub with 4 ports
1 HP Officejet 4315 w/ USB connection
1 Epson Stylus Photo 1280 w/ USB connection
1 Dymo 400 Tubo labelwriter w/ USB connection
1 Belkin keyboard w/ USB connection
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:) I've had this problems for a while and have found others on the 'Net with same problem but haven't been able to find a solution. (I did check the archives here but didn't find a solution.)

If I only turn on one printer at a time it works properly. The problem is when I turn on the 2nd printer. Then my keyboard locks up and I have to turn off 1 printer, unplug the keyboard then plug it in again ~ then I print and use the keyboard again.

I've tried uninstalling the printers and reinstalling them ~ it didn't help.

I need to be able to have all 3 printers on and use them as needed without all this on/off/on/off/unplug/replug stuff ~~ this problem is real pain.

I sure would appreciate a solution. Thanks!

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Can I just ask why you need to have three printers on the go?
With all due respect, are you aware you can only have one of them as the default at any one time?

You may find things work better if you plug the printers into the USB ports on the board as opposed to the hub.
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Can I just ask why you need to have three printers on the go?

For productivity, streamlining, and to get the job done the quickest, most efficient way possible.
I load one printer with 8.5x11" paper, one with envelopes, and the 3rd is the label printer. Then
I can execute the print task needed as quickly as possible without constantly loading & unloading
& adjusting for the different items to be printed.


With all due respect, are you aware you can only have one of them as the default at any one time?

Thank you for the respect. Yes, of course, only one can be set as the default printer but that doesn't
stop me from selecting which printer I want to use for the task at hand.


You may find things work better if you plug the printers into the USB ports on the board as opposed to the hub.

My USB hub is an internal hub in one of the floppy bays/areas/slots on the desktop.
Since there are no other USB ports on my computer and after further discussions and research, I'm purchasing a PCI USB Card 2.0 and will install it in one of the internal slots.
Like: http://cgi.ebay.com/...I...N:IT&ih=013
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