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Printer not communicating with pc - Lexmark X1240 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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  • lsneedshelp Dec 15, 2008

    The pop up says not communicating. I have tried everything including parental controls, checking for active usb ports, restarting computer. All I did was move the location of the computer and printer. What do I do??

  • lsneedshelp May 11, 2010

    You are a genius...I would have never thought of that. I'm certain it will work. I was on the phone for two hours with tech support from Dell and Lexmark...no luck with them. Thanks!!

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With the Lexmark printers communication subsystem you MUST let the driver ask for you to plug in the printer. DO NOT plug the printer into the USB port until told to do so.

To fix a fouled install - (1) Uninstall the Lexmark drivers in Add Remove Programs
(2) Shutdown the computer
(3) Disconnect the printer from the USB port
(4) Restart the computer
(5) Run the Driver Installation software
(6) Cancel ALL attempts by windows to auto install the printer
(7) When the sofware asks for the printer connect it and continue

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