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Network cable shows 'unplugged'

When connected to copier network cable always shows 'unplugged'. Cable test ok on all other devices.There is a printer cable hooked up and that works.Network cable did work at one time.

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Hi there,

What king of network cable are you using?

If your using a ethernet cable, try using a crossover cable instead. this is the prob i have come across a few time.

You can also check the printer networking settings by going to:
Start => Control panel => Printers => then left click and press propites,

this way you can check all your network connection settings for your printer.

If problem still presists, then i suggest trying to link the printer up with another system and trying the network card on that.

Please rate my solution.

Hope this helps

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

  • Alex Keen Feb 17, 2009

    Hi again,

    you could always use this USB network cable if your network will accept it

    Click here


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Try a different cable and ping the printer.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

  • Ginko
    Ginko Feb 17, 2009

    Try also unplugging the printer from power for a while.

    If it shows cable not connected with all cable and restarting does not fix the printer then the printer network card may need replacement.

    If the problem is on computer side instead, reinstall network driver.


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