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Printer not communicating with computer

It's been printing fine and then it just quits and gives me the message, Problem with printer communicating with computer. I've unplugged and replugged everything, shut it down and it still will not print!!!

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(1) Try a power cycle: Try turning the printer off, then unplug the power supply from the printer, then unplug the USB cable from the printer then the back of the computer; wait 30 second; then plug the USB cable back into the computer, then back into the printer then plug the power supply back into the printer and turn it on – run a test print: Start>Settings>Printers>Right-click on the printer>Properties>Print Test Page

(2) Update the USB drivers

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