If my printer USB cable is connected, my computer won't start?

If the printer is on and the USB port connected.  The computer won't start.  If I turn on the laptop with the USB plugged in and as it starts and then turn on the printer, everything works fine.  Almost ok.  I think I should be able to leave the printer on all the time as I do at work.  Then when I start the computer, the printer is ready.  Every other printer I've ever had worked this way.  Any suggestions?

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Maybe the printer looks like a hard drive (some printers have card readers that make them look like a disk) and the computer attempts to boot from the USB drive instead of the hard drive?  It would be a modification of the settings in the BIOS

'Teething problems of a PC with a connected external USB drive.
  <>http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/A_ID/1201/~/problems-booting-a-PC-with-an-external-USB-drive-connected>

Another article I found...  Not sure I can add much further than.

"USB device does not initialize at startup or Windows XP no longer meets the start or stop"
  <>http://support.Microsoft.com/kb/830957 >

HTH,
JW

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