I have a problem with an HP Laser Jet 5M printer connecting to a computer with an OS of Windows XP. I am using parallel for connectivity. My problem is when I send a document to be printed; the printer screen indicates "data received" and then displays "ready" and will toggle back and forth between the two messages. Nothing prints. I have tried using several drivers in the LJ-5 family and even downloaded a driver (circa 2002) from HP. That didn't help either. When I originally connected the printer to the computer, I thought "plug and pray" would recognize something has been added. No plug and pray displayed. I then went the route of installing the printer and drivers as mentioned above. I am really scratching my head on this one. Your help would be vastly appreciated.
Last edited by Allthumbs; May 25th, 2012 at 10:54 AM.
Reason: spelling error
Well, my face is a beautiful shade of crimson. I remembered what a techs first move is. Unplug the cable and reinsert it so it is firmly in place. It's amazing what problems can disappear when you follow the first rule of repair.