I have an a Symbol barcode scanner model LS2208 that I'm trying to use on a Windows XP machine. The scanner uses RS-232 for its connection.
The problem I'm having with the scanner is that it can never be found by the software application whether or not that application is a third party application or the software that came with the scanner (123scan2).
After much tinkering I've figured out that scanner is being claimed by the Windows Print Spooler service when the system boots up. If I disable the Spooler Service or set the Service to manual, the scanner will always be found and works properly. Once the service is however, the scanner is reclaimed and I lose all access.
Is there a way where I can limit the print spooler service to what ports it has access to? (I'm thinking that if I can tell print spooler to never claim the device on com 1 I should be ok) or Is there a better way to resolve this?