Article ID: Q141919
Printing Problems with ECP Port
Last reviewed: May 29, 1997
Article ID: Q141919 The information in this article applies to:
•Microsoft Windows 95
When you print to an ECP (Enhanced Capability Port) port, you may
experience any of the following symptoms:
You may receive an error message. The error messages can include:
The port is busy.
Error writing to LPT1.
The printout may be incorrect. Incorrect output can include
incorrectly printed graphics or incomplete pages.
The printer may go offline when you try to print.
You may receive no printout.
The print job may hang the print spooler. You must restart the
computer to clear the hung print job.
This behavior can occur when the ECP port sends information to
the printer faster than the printer can process it.
Change the ECP port to a standard port. To do so, follow these
1.In Control Panel, double-click System.
2.On the Device Manager tab, double-click the printer port.
3.On the Driver tab, click Change Driver.
4.Click Show All Devices.
5.In the Manufacturers box, click Standard Port Types. In the
Models box, click Printer Port, and then click OK.
6.When you are prompted for the Windows 95 CD-ROM, insert the
CD-ROM in the drive. Change the path to
the Lpt.vxd file to the following path, and then click OK:
If you are not prompted for the Windows 95 CD-ROM in step 6, you
must configure the ECP port as a standard port
using the computer's CMOS settings as well. For information about
configuring the port in the computer's CMOS
settings, please consult the computer's documentation or