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I had the same problem, and couldn't find a solution anywhere. My laptop said the wifi Brother MFC-255CW printer was offline, when the printer was definitely online and connected. In the end I simply went into Control Panel / Printers, selected the Brother printer, and deleted it off the network. Then I chose "Add a Printer" from the network, and reselected the only printer on my home network - which was the Brother MFC-255CW that I had just deleted. The computer reinstalled the driver, and everything was fine again - haven't had a problem since.
In Printers and Faxes, remove your printer icon. Disconnect your printer cable to the computer. Restart your computer. Reconnect your printer cable to the computer. Printer should be seen by computer. Install printer driver (software).
If the printer is not seen by the computer, your printer cable is probably faulty and needs to be replaced.
If you are sure the network is working well (computers can see each other but your laptop doesn't see the printer). Got to network places/view workgroup computers. Double click on the computer directly connected to the printer. This will bring up all shared folders and the printer icon (if it is shared). Double click on the printer icon, and it will commence automatic installation on your laptop. Try this.
have you setup the wireless connection in between the printer and the laptop... your laptop is working wirelessly with the internet but for making the printer to use it wirelessly the printer should be also a wireless printer.
and if the printer is a wireless printer then you have to setup the connection in between the printer & laptop to work wirelessly.
Try to reinstall your drivers from your printer/scanner installation disk, if that does not work go to the manufacture's website then download the latest update of drivers or software for your printer/scanner...this problem usually happens when you switch to VISTA....
Test pages are printer generated not from the computer.
Have you checked Microsoft help on this?
make sure you are on line.
Go to My Computer /Help, then when the help pages comes up
Type in print spooler
See what you get
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