Printer install makes XP keep rebooting

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

When I bought my new HP 2 weeks ago with Windows XP, I installed the box software for my Brother MFC 3100C without realizing that the drivers/software was not compatable with XP. So, when the printer refused to work, I went to Brother's website and downloaded the instructions to COMPLETELY remove the software and drivers, and the UPDATED drivers that would work with XP. Problem is, when I plug the printer in and boot the computer, the computer detects the USB printer, but instead of giving me the wizard to install my downloaded drivers, it reboots, and reboots, and reboots. The only way to stop it is to unplug the printer from the computer. Can anyone help me?
9 answers Last reply
More about printer install makes rebooting
  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Let's make sure Brother's uninstall software works as well as a human can...

    Disconnect the printer fron the PC and follow Bruce Sanderson's instructions
    at
    http://members.shaw.ca/bsanders/CleanPrinterDrivers.htm

    Since it's a multi function unit, after completing Bruce's workthrough, go
    into the Device Manager and ensure the scanner part has completely gone from
    the section called Imaging Devices as well.

    Now try restarting and see how it behaves.

    --
    Cari (MS-MVP Windows Client - Printing, Imaging & Hardware)
    www.coribright.com

    "mde83" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:58FFC3DE-63C5-47EE-A3A6-C611B992FFB2@microsoft.com...
    > When I bought my new HP 2 weeks ago with Windows XP, I installed the box
    software for my Brother MFC 3100C without realizing that the
    drivers/software was not compatable with XP. So, when the printer refused
    to work, I went to Brother's website and downloaded the instructions to
    COMPLETELY remove the software and drivers, and the UPDATED drivers that
    would work with XP. Problem is, when I plug the printer in and boot the
    computer, the computer detects the USB printer, but instead of giving me the
    wizard to install my downloaded drivers, it reboots, and reboots, and
    reboots. The only way to stop it is to unplug the printer from the
    computer. Can anyone help me?
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Cari - I followed the instructions in Bruce's workthrough exactly, but I am still having the same problems. I also checked to make sure that there are no scanner files in the Device Manager under Imaging Devises. When the computer reboots and reboots and reboots, when I unplg the USB cable on the printer, it stops, and I get a Windows - Recovered from a Serious Error box. I have the code written down for that if it helps. Also, I did a search for files and folders containing the name or phrase "Brother". My computer found the following:
    c:\windows\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.dll
    c:\windows\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.ini
    c:\windows\Driver Cache\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.dll
    c:\windows\Driver Cache\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.ini
    c:\windows\KB824105.log
    c:\windows\setupapi.log
    c:\windows\I386\DOSNET.inf
    c:\windows\I386\DRVINDEX.inf
    c:\windows\I386\LAYOUT.inf
    c:\windows\I386\NTPRINT.inf
    c:\windows\system32\TCPMON.ini
    c:\windows\I386\compdata\MFPBR.htm
    c:\windows\i386\compdata\MFPBR.txt
    c:\windows\I386\compdata\NTCOMPAT.inf

    I also did not say, but I am running xp home edition, and my printer is a Brother MFC 3100C

    Any other suggestions? PLEASE>>>>
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    See if the info at http://members.shaw.ca/bsanders/AddNewFails.htm helps.

    --
    Bruce Sanderson MVP Printing

    It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.


    "mde83" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:46AFDF9F-40A8-4988-8E75-C1DD9054E673@microsoft.com...
    > Cari - I followed the instructions in Bruce's workthrough exactly, but I
    > am still having the same problems. I also checked to make sure that there
    > are no scanner files in the Device Manager under Imaging Devises. When
    > the computer reboots and reboots and reboots, when I unplg the USB cable
    > on the printer, it stops, and I get a Windows - Recovered from a Serious
    > Error box. I have the code written down for that if it helps. Also, I
    > did a search for files and folders containing the name or phrase
    > "Brother". My computer found the following:
    > c:\windows\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.dll
    > c:\windows\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.ini
    > c:\windows\Driver Cache\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.dll
    > c:\windows\Driver Cache\I386\Driver.Cab\brother.ini
    > c:\windows\KB824105.log
    > c:\windows\setupapi.log
    > c:\windows\I386\DOSNET.inf
    > c:\windows\I386\DRVINDEX.inf
    > c:\windows\I386\LAYOUT.inf
    > c:\windows\I386\NTPRINT.inf
    > c:\windows\system32\TCPMON.ini
    > c:\windows\I386\compdata\MFPBR.htm
    > c:\windows\i386\compdata\MFPBR.txt
    > c:\windows\I386\compdata\NTCOMPAT.inf
    >
    > I also did not say, but I am running xp home edition, and my printer is a
    > Brother MFC 3100C
    >
    > Any other suggestions? PLEASE>>>>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Thanks Bruce. I have already deleted all the OEMxxx inf and pnf files that had to do with Brother. There were approximately 12 sets of these files that I deleted earlier today. I also followed all the instructions on your page to delete the printer drivers, but I still have my problem. When the computer is booted up, I plug in the USB cale into the back of the printer. In the bottom right part of my desktop, it says new USB device found, then says MFC 3100C ..., then it reboots. What else is there that I could have missed? Thanks
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Well, I'm at a bit of a loss. I don't have any Brother printers, so some
    guess work is required.

    From your initial post, sounds like you have already downloaded the XP
    driver and an uninstaller from the Brother web site.

    Are these the pages you got those from?
    http://solutions.brother.com/Library/faq/printer/prfaq0772/prfaq0772.html?
    http://solutions.brother.com/mfc3100c/download/drivers.html#xp.

    The Brother web site implies that the MFC-3100 can be either USB or Parallel
    connected. Have you tried using the parallel (LPT) connection instead of
    USB?

    Do you have anything else that is already USB connected?

    Have you installed Windows XP Service Pack 1 and the various subsequent
    updates?


    --
    Bruce Sanderson MVP Printing

    It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.


    "mde83" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:F604AD9A-AC4A-456E-A90D-0BA268CE6644@microsoft.com...
    > Thanks Bruce. I have already deleted all the OEMxxx inf and pnf files
    > that had to do with Brother. There were approximately 12 sets of these
    > files that I deleted earlier today. I also followed all the instructions
    > on your page to delete the printer drivers, but I still have my problem.
    > When the computer is booted up, I plug in the USB cale into the back of
    > the printer. In the bottom right part of my desktop, it says new USB
    > device found, then says MFC 3100C ..., then it reboots. What else is
    > there that I could have missed? Thanks
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    mde83 wrote:
    > When I bought my new HP 2 weeks ago with Windows XP, I installed the
    > box software for my Brother MFC 3100C without realizing that the
    > drivers/software was not compatable with XP. So, when the printer
    > refused to work, I went to Brother's website and downloaded the
    > instructions to COMPLETELY remove the software and drivers, and the
    > UPDATED drivers that would work with XP. Problem is, when I plug the
    > printer in and boot the computer, the computer detects the USB
    > printer, but instead of giving me the wizard to install my downloaded
    > drivers, it reboots, and reboots, and reboots. The only way to stop
    > it is to unplug the printer from the computer. Can anyone help me?

    This is a silly question, I know, but it must be asked: did you actually
    install the XP driver after downloading it? Sometimes the driver comes
    as a driver.exe which when run just unpacks the setup files to some
    folder C:\driver, and the setup must then be run from that folder
    setup.exe (or something) to actually do the installation (with the
    printer disconnected). Normally, the driver should be installed before
    the printer is connected to give the hardware installer something to
    work with, and if that is done, the manager recognizes the printer by
    name when it is plugged in the first time.

    Q
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Bruce. Actually, I did not use the uninstall tool in the first link. I used a manual process that was on Brother's website. I guess I will try that tool and see if it deletes anything else. As for the second link, yes, I used the driver that you provided the link for.

    Quaoar - You asked if I actually INSTALLED the drivers. That is the funny thing, when you download the exe file from Bother's website, it tells you to download the exe file to the desktop, then click it to decompress the files. When you do that, it guides you through creating a folder on the c drive called BROTHER, then copies 78 files to that directory. I looked through the 78 files and none are programs, just files with extentions dll, inf, cat, gpd, ini and bin. Then the instructions tell you to plug the printer into the computer with the USB cable, and then the new hardware wizard will come up. The instructions direct you to choose the location to install the drivers from as c:\Brother. So there is no exe that actually installs the drivers. Is there someplace that I should put the drivers manually so that Windows will find them automatically without me having to direct the new harware wizard...because I never get the wizard...the computer reboots just before the wizard would come up.

    Any more suggestions would be very welcome...and thanks for your help...
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    I finally seem to have this thing working! I used the uninstall tool that Bruce gave me the link to and that seemed to do the trick. Funny thing, when I first went into the Brother website, a page came up that gave me step by step instructions to COMPLETELY ininstall the old drivers and everything. The only thing that I can see that the uninstall tool did differently was to remove the generic windows media printer that comes pre-installed in XP.

    Thanks to everyone who tried to help me...I really appreciate it.
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

    Good that you have solved your problem.

    What do you mean by "generic windows media printer"? I've installed Windows
    XP many times and don't recall ever seeing something that called itself
    that. If Windows XP was already installed when you purchased the computer,
    that may be something that the computer vendor installed.

    --
    Bruce Sanderson MVP Printing

    It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.


    "mde83" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:92D47624-7842-45D0-B66E-81AB257D0897@microsoft.com...
    >I finally seem to have this thing working! I used the uninstall tool that
    >Bruce gave me the link to and that seemed to do the trick. Funny thing,
    >when I first went into the Brother website, a page came up that gave me
    >step by step instructions to COMPLETELY ininstall the old drivers and
    >everything. The only thing that I can see that the uninstall tool did
    >differently was to remove the generic windows media printer that comes
    >pre-installed in XP.
    >
    > Thanks to everyone who tried to help me...I really appreciate it.
Ask a new question

Read More

Drivers Printers Windows XP