My laptop has apparently lost communication with my printer. I am able to print from the desktop and my router seems to be working just fine, but I've ordered several print jobs and none are getting through.
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Re: Lost communication with printer
How is the printer connected? Try changing the data cable and also check in the laptop under printers and faxes goto the properties of the printer and check that the port is the correct one i.e. IP address or LPT1 or USB.
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Cycle the power
If your printer was previously printing via wireless
communication but can no longer do so, it may be necessary to cycle the
power on the printer and Router / Access Point to restore communication.
Before doing this, verify that the computer can communicate with the
Router / Access Point.
On the printer, press the On button to power off the printer. Wait about 10 seconds, then press the On button to power the printer back on.
On the Router / Access Point, if there is a power button,
press it to turn off the device, then press it again to re-power after
waiting for about 10 seconds.* If there is no power button, you may have
to disconnect the power cord / AC adapter. Check with the device's user
* Wireless communication of all devices on the wireless network will be lost while you do this.
Your wireless printer might frequently lose its communication with the computer and hence might not print all the documents when you want. Such an issue arises when there is interference in the wireless signals between the printer and the computer. This could be caused by any other wireless device kept in the vicinity of your printer like a cordless phone. Keep all other wireless devices way from the printer set-up to tackle this issue. Also bear in mind that if your system is turned on for hibernation mode then it would disconnect your printer the moment it goes into hibernation. for more help...... http://www.fixya.com/support/t5977131-wireless_hp_j4680_printer_will_not
If this is a printer WITHOUT WiFi or bluetooth - and you have it connected to another computer (Print Server) via a USB cable - you need to make sure you can see that computer from the other computer you are printing from. Use the network explorer - if you can see the computer and the printer you should be able to print to it.
Sometimes, it may be secured with a password. I found if I can map a shared drive from my laptop to my print server then I can print again. So see if you can see the printer and printer server computer from the other computer. If so you may need to add that printer again to you printer list.
When you purchase a new router you must change your security settings to accept that program so it can be ran to work with your os please check your firewall settings to see if they are blocking any new router installs you can do this by selecting start-programs then go to security settings and check your network connections and settings for your security settings.
If the printer does not have a built-in network card/print server then there is a couple of ways to do this.
If you have a desktop computer connected to the wireless router with a LAN cable, then connect the printer to the desktop computer and make this printer a shared printer on your network. This means that the desktop computer and printer needs to be on when you want to print from the laptop.
The other way is to purchase a print server, connect the printer to the print server and connect the print server with a LAN cable to the Wireless router.
If you don't have sufficient network ports on the wireless router then you need to purchase a hub. Then connect the hub and wireless router with a LAN cable and then the print server to the hub and other computers to the hub.
Setting up the wireless printing will depend upon which method you want to adopt and I can advise you when further when you are ready.
As you are tryig to share the printer that is not network compatible you have to set the printer directly to the desktop and then the desktop should be connected to the router so that the laptop and desktop will exchange communication in network.
You can follow the instructions in the below weblink once the above setup is set as the weblink has all the instructions to enable the print sharing feature.
Here is the HP webdocument link:
Hope this will be useful for you..
Wish you success.