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Need to make Brother printer available/on when pc turned on. PC is wireless & printer also.PC is Satellite 300.Solution in vista?

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Brother instructed via phone to set printer & pc. Pc still disconnects printer when shut down, but I reconnect manually when needed thru "connections". Had 2 say can do & 2say no! Cheapest &easiest is manual ! Don't know result if power go.

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hello erika2505

you can get the vista downloads driver from Brother New Zealand
select downloadbutton then select your os vista and download to pc.


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