How to Solve USB Printer Not Detected Issue?

Did You Have An Issue With USB Printer Not Detected?

If you have a problem like a USB printer not detected while connecting your printer with a computer or laptop if your printer is not turned on and you are exhausted from reading the full article to know how to get rid of this problem, this is just a common problem.

This issue relates to A poor cable connection that can cause the printer to lose communication with the host PC. If the printer does have power and you’ve properly connected the communication cable, but the printer is still not recognized, try switching to a different USB port on the PC. So now we learn how to get rid of this issue.

Are you getting a “USB printer not detected” error whenever you plug in a USB mouse, keyboard, camera, or other device?

I can’t live without USB ports and currently have 5 ports on my computer so that I can connect my mouse, keyboard, camera, phone, and printer to it all at once!

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After spending a lot of time and trying a bunch of different ways to fix the problem, only one solution ended up working for me. I’ll mention that solution first, but will also mention the other possible solutions, as the first solution may not fix the issue for everyone.

Solution 1: Unplug Computer

Simply unplug your computer from the power supply Note that this does not mean just turning off your computer using the power button because most modern computers don’t actually turn off completely and the motherboard will still get power.

This is useful sometimes if you want to remotely wake up a computer, etc. So first turn off your computer using the Shut Down option in Windows or pressing the power button and then UNPLUG the PC from the wall outlet.

Let it sit for several minutes and then plug it back in. If you are lucky, you will get rid of this issue just with this trick.

Solution 2: Restart & Disconnect USB Devices

The other thing you are to try is to disconnect all USB devices and then restart the machine. Once you have restarted, try to connect the USB device that was causing the issue.

If the device is recognized by a different USB port, there could be a hardware problem with one of the USB ports.

Solution 3: Check Cables and Printer USB Ports

A bad cable connection can cause the printer to lose communication with the host PC. Check all cable connections.

If the printer does have power and you’ve properly connected the communication cable, but the printer is still not recognized, try switching to a different USB port on the PC.

Solution 4: USB Root Hub

Another thing you can try is to open Device Manager, expand USB Serial Bus Controllers, right-click on USB Root Hub and then click on Properties.

Click on the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save the power box. If you have more than one USB Root Hub listed, you need to repeat these steps for each one.

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Click OK and then restart your computer. Try to reconnect the USB device and see if it is recognized. If not, go back to the power management tab for each one and check the box again.

If it does recognize the device, then leave them unchecked.

Solution 5: Connect Directly to PC

I also experienced this problem. I ran into this issue and the case ended up being my USB hub. I only had three USB ports on my computer, so I bought a hub where I could connect an additional 8 USB devices.

I guess this proved too much for my computer and it just started sporadically not recognizing various devices. After removing the hub and connecting the device directly to the computer, it worked just fine.

Solution 6: USB Trouble-shooter

 If no tricks work so far, you can download the Windows USB Troubleshooter Fix tool. It’s a free tool that works with Windows XP, Vista and 7.

You can either have the troubleshooter fix the issues for you or select the fixes yourself. I would just let it fix them for you since the choices can sometimes be confusing and technical for the novice user.

Solution 7: Uninstall USB Devices

Lastly, you can also try uninstalling all USB devices from your system and then restarting. I mention this last because even though Windows is supposed to automatically recognize the

USB controllers, hubs, and devices automatically, can sometimes fail and you’ll end up with no USB ports working.

I had a computer with 6 USB ports and only one port would not work properly. I uninstalled everything under USB Serial Bus Controllers in Device Manager and restarted.

Instead of re-detecting everything, I was left with no USB port working, so be careful when using this method.

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Go to Device Manager and start uninstalling each item from under USB Serial Bus Controllers. Before you start with anything that is already working, uninstall the items with exclamation points or that are listed as Unknown Device.

Solution 8: Different USB Cable

The other possible solutions are to try a different USB cable if you have one lying around. If not, just buy a new cheap USB cable from Amazon: A to B, A to Micro B, A to Mini B, or A to A.

This is a fairly rare problem, but I have seen it occur a few times over my many years doing technical support.

Another possible solution is to take the device, connect it to another machine and if it does recognize the device properly, to then eject it properly from that computer before reconnecting it to the original computer.

I’ve seen this issue occur with several flash drives that were unplugged without ejecting properly. After connecting them to another computer and ejecting them properly from there, they suddenly started to show up on the original computer that was not recognizing them.

I hope you are satisfied with this article and I hope your issue has been solved.

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