This is Pappi:
First time on here, so may have problems.
After I installed SP3 for WINXP, I now have multiple entries of my HP
printer (Officejet 7210, which is connected via a 4 port usb hub.
It was working fine before the installation of SP3; it was visible through
USB port 1 (even though connected through that 4 por hub) and was also shared
by one or more other computers on my in-house workgroup.
Now, there are multiple entries of the HP printer when I view system
information: 1 is as a SCII Hard Drive; three are as IEEE 1284.4 Printers.
Now I can no longer reach it via the other computers in the WorkGroup.
My conclusion is that I "messed up" the SP3 installation and will have to
remove it and try to re-install it. I have no restart point to go back to,
etc. and I hate to "mess with" the registry. Have too much useful data on
the hard drives that do not want to loose.
I am getting older and used to be a responable "techie", but short-term
memory is bad, so sort of prone to mistakes.
But to your problem: Have you recently upgrade to SP3?