printer problem with XP Pro Upgrade

I have recently upgraded my ME Home PC to XP Pro and am unable to print any internet info. The printer [Epson C40 Stylus series] works fine from any Document from my PC. Any suggestions?

  The Transporter 12:31 20 May 03

I would try uninstalling the drivers for the printer from device manager in MY computer. Then click the "refresh" button. Make sure the printer is on when you do this and it should pick up the printer and install it for you.

The problem might have been caused because you went from essentially one o/s to another causing driver conflicts etc.

It is always better to do a fresh install.

Otherwise go here for the latest drivers.

click here

  King Diamond 12:36 20 May 03

Could the built in XP firewall be blocking that as well?

I don't know for sure, but maybe it's been automatically enabled.

further to the original problem i.e I cannot print anything from the internet[but can print from any of my files] I now find the following:
Search files and folders, Help and the compatibility wizard all seem to be disabled.
If anyone could help I would be very grateful.
Failing this could someone describe in basic terms how I could do a complete re:install of XP Pro possibly reformatting my hard drive first?

  The Transporter 13:57 23 May 03

You need a win 98 start up disk to do this, use google.com to find one you can download. 98 disks can only see fat or fat 32. If you want to make your drives ntfs then do it when you install xp. But if you do the only way you will be able to see them after is by using Partition magic etc.


A quick user guide for fdisk
There are easier ways especially partition magic! It gets two thumbs up from me.

Anyway.

An example for a 40 Gb drive

start up the pc with a start up disk in.

at the a: prompt type

fdisk

delete all existing extended/logical and primary partitions. then reboot back to the start up disk

start from scratch.

load fdisk from the A: prompt

say yes to enable large disk support. this = fat32.

this is an example for 4 partitions

select create a new partition from the main menu.

Let it scan your drive. WHen it asks if you want to use the whole capacity for your drive say "no".!

Say you want it to be 25%. let it build it.

go back to main menu by pressing "escape".

Create an extended partition the other 75%. Let it be the rest of the drive. It will scan it. then ask you to create logical drives in the extended partition. Say "no" to using the whole of the extended partition for one drive. type 33%. It will build it then ask you how much you want for your next drive type "33%". then for the last drive just say yes to using the rest of the drive..

you wil then have one primary drive. with an extended partition with three logical drives in it.

so you will then have 1 primary partition = 10 Gb and three, 10gb partitions in your extended partition. Before exiting make the c: primary partition active (choice 2 i think)

reboot

then use start up disk to format them all:

or just format c: then use the o/s to format the rest later.

when formatting type

format c: /u

just like that

install your o/s

As long as you do it like that you will have no troubles. Just change the values to ones you want.

  The Transporter 13:58 23 May 03

To install xp.

First, you're going to need to change your CMOS settings of the BIOS for the boot order to boot from CD-ROM.
After changing the boot order in the CMOS settings of the BIOS, save the changes, and then reboot your computer. Make sure your Installation CD is in your CD-ROM. If it is you'll be prompted to press your space bar to directly boot from CD-ROM emulation. Press your space bar as soon as you see this message.
Wait a few minutes while the installation begins to copy the preliminary setup files to your computer.

You may have to press the F6 key if you need to install raid drivers, if you dont, dont worry.
After this completes you'll be ready to start directing the install process.
You will be asked if you want to perform a new installation, repair an existing installation, or quit. In this case, you will be performing a new install. Press the correct key to perform a new installation.
Read the terms of the end user license agreement, and press F8 to agree.

The next phase of the installation is you need to decide which partition of your hard drive you will install Windows XP on. You will have the opportunity to create and/or delete partitions or just allocate the available disk space to one partition. However, try to keep your partitions within reasonable size.
I recommend using multiple partitions of 4-8GB, preferably on more than one hard drive. This will help you back up your data and optimize system performance later on down the road. Once you have figured out which partition XP will be installed on it's time to format it.


Choose to format the partition to either FAT32 or NTFS (recommended for single OS install). You'll also see two additional choices to perform a quick format of each option. Stick with doing a full format of either option instead. After you've determined which option is right for you, press the correct key to format the partition.
This would be a good time to take a break and come back in a few minutes. The setup program will automatically start copying files after the partition is formatted.

From this point on, you're going to see each and every file name that's being copied over to your hard drive appear in the lower left corner. As the file names go from A to Z, the installation completion percentage will increase.
Choose the region and language.
Type in your name and organization.
Enter your product license key.
Name the computer, and enter an Admin password. Don't forget to write down your Administrator password. After the installation is complete it would be extremely wise to create a password restore disk in the event you forget your Administrator password someday.
Enter the correct date and time.
Choose your network settings. Leave on automatic if you use a dhcp server to assign IP addresses. If you have static IP address for broadband access, enter the settings that your ISP has provided you.
Choose workgroup or domain name.
Register this copy of Windows XP if you've installed all the current hardware on your machine. Otherwise, wait until you've finished installing any additional hardware so you don't have to activate your copy of XP again.
Add users that will sign on to this computer.
Log in, and update drivers.
Driver install

XP should have most drivers already in the system.

hope it helps

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