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Printer wont print

My grandson was over last weekend and now my canon bjc 85 won't print on either one of my computers.

first computer is a notebook gateway
second computer is a dell hybrid

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Try the simple solution first. Uninstall the printer, reboot and reinstall. See if you can print a test page from the printer itself to make sure it still works period. If you can't print the self test page (which is the printer talking to itself) the computer won't be any better.

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