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My T5212 does not connect to my printer?

My computer was hit with lighting 4 mo. ago. I had to replace the ethernet card, is there also a card for the printer hookup? The computer keeps telling me, my printer is offline????

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  • sandra_green Dec 11, 2008

    What is a PCI card. As you see I know nothing about these monsters....

  • sandra_green Dec 11, 2008

    I will get help from my son, I am not sure myself
    if it will work or not, but I appreciate your help either way. Thanks



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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, pls post the brand and model of your printer.

Basically, most printers (except the new wireless) needs some form of wired connection to the desktop's motherboard to receive the "data" it will print as well as general status information such as being "online". This could either be a USB or LPT1 as the most common. So depending on which of the two, that particular section of your motherboard needs component level check-up or alternately a replacement motherboard.

If you are considering a DIY (do-it-yourself) repair, foremost to check would be the BIOS configuration to determine if these ports are enabled and/or detected by the motherboard prior to Windows booting. This being so, then Windows upon boot can load the drivers. If even at the BIOS stage they could not be detected, then Windows will not load them and any device that uses that port will appear "offline" to Windows.

There are instances that a fusible link or surface mounted jumper/resistor burned and thus is open making any of these ports inoperable. A continuity tester and familiarity with electronic components and circuitry would be invaluable in determining if these is a case of missing +5VDC in the USB, inductor links for the LPT1 or the ICs that serve as buffers/interface.

Of course as earlier stated, a replacement motherboard would be the easiest way out.

Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy Holidays.

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Try uninstalling the printer software and install it back with its software CD, then if that does not work try checking for the printer connection on the Device Manager and refresh the connection...good luck... i dont think you would have to replace it tho.. if it had burned you would've had to replace the whole mother board, trust me!

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    Alan R Dec 11, 2008

    Dont worry about PCI card you dont need to know all about that, since you dont know what it is, it's obvious that your computer does not have one, just do the above steps and you'll be fine


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If the printer is hooked up using a PCI card, replace the card.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008

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    Ginko Dec 11, 2008

    Normally the printer is connected to the computer using either the USB port or (on old computers) the parallel port, both ports are built into the motherboard, and normally not on an external card.

    More likely your printer had lost connection to the computer, and you will need to reinstall the drivers and software using the disk provided with the printer.

    Inplug printer USB, reinstall printer software using printer cd. The software setup wizard will tell you when to plug in the printer USB.

    Try that , if it does not work, test the usb port with a different device, for example a memory stick.


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