|Your printer model is probably NOT Plug n Play detectable, but XP probably already has drivers for your printer model built in - in that case, you have to select the proper printer drivers from a list - in Control Panel - Printers and Faxes - Install a printer. |
If you are plugging in the parallel printer cable for this printer into a printer port built into the mboard, the parallel port mode in the bios Setup for the mboard must be set to EPP, ECP, or EPP + ECP mode.
Usually EPP is fine.
ECP mode requires that the system has an available DMA channel, which may or may not be available, and it's max data transfer rate isn't any better than EPP mode.
If the mode is set to Standard or Bidirectional or similar, you probably won't be able to get Windows to recognize the printer.
If you have the printer cable plugged into a PCI parallel port card, as far as I've seen, they always support EPP or ECP mode or both.
If you have the printer cable plugged into a parallel printer port to USB adapter, that includes circuitry between the two ends, it probably already supports EPP mode or ECP mode or both. You may need to install software for the adapter - see it's installation directions. .
If you have the printer cable plugged into an ISA parallel port card, or an ISA multi I/O card, the card must support EPP mode or ECP mode or both, and it probably must be manually set to the mode, on the card. Most ISA cards with a printer port on them DO NOT support EPP mode or ECP mode or both !
The printer's parallel cable must support IEEE1284 standards.
Either the cord or the end connectors must have IEEE1284 on them, or an unmarked cable will do as long as the wire gauge of the individual wires meets or exceeds IEEE1284 minimums ( lower wire gauge numbers = fatter wires = better for IEEE1284).