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Unable to connect printer to pc

When I connect my Z53 to my PC via the USB cable the PC does not recognize the printer. Tried different PCs and different USB ports. No luck. So obviously cannot set it up. This used to work once upon a time. Change the black ink cartridge and it stopped working. Any help/suggestions greatly appreciated.

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  • Pope1 Jun 07, 2008

    my printer came without the installation cd and i can not find the download on the internet



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Did you try a different USB cable if yes then try this.

 

O.K. first go to

-File

-Print

-Porperties

do you see your printer there? is it highlighted? does it have a checkmark?

if it's not there then you have to install it in Printers and faxes add a printer.

If if not highlighted then right click on it and "set as default"

then place your mmose over it and see if it says "ready" or offline

if  it's offline then the connection is wrong, leave mouse over printer and change connection it should change to 'ready"

 

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