Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I hooked up two USB printers to an XP-embedded system. (a Zebra label printer and regular HP page printer) Either will work when only one is plugged in. If both are plugged in, only the HP will print, however documents are queued for the other. Hooking up a second printer a different way (network) allows both to be used.

What might prevent the second printer from printing?

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

HP is a bit of a pain for how it sets up printers. It might be worth removing the hp drivers and just using generic PCL5 drivers instead.

share|improve this answer

AFAIK usb printers create a virtual printer port and it's possible that your printers try to use the same virtual port and thus colliding.

You can check which port they use by going into properties for the printer and the ports tab. Connect your printers one by one using usb and check which port they are using.

If they're using the same port maybe you can reconfigure one of them.

share|improve this answer
Good idea, but I Checked that already, they are USB001 and USB002, different. – Justin Love Aug 21 '09 at 18:44

Drivers, most likely. This appears, from what you have said, to be an issue specific to these two pieces of hardware, and thus is not likely to be resolved unless HP or Zebra updates their drivers for XP embedded.

share|improve this answer

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .