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Dell printer 720

Printer cannot communicate with computer, I tried your suggestion of downloading the latest driver but this did not fix it. this is what I tried before I tried your fix. First I replaced the usb cord thinking maybe that was it, then I removed the driver and reinstalled twice, still will not communicate. Don't know what else to do. Please help. Thanks

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Re: dell printer 720

Are you removing the printers from the Device manager & then rebooting or how do you do it? What happened to stop it? or did it never work?

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Printer stopped printing when paper fed improperly. Fixed it, and tried everything to get it back to work. It just flashes one short flash, pauses, then two short flashes. Help! Tracey

  1. When connected by a USB cable, reseat both ends of the cable going from the computer to the printer.

  2. When connected to a wired or wireless network, make sure the network is working correctly and that the printer is connected to the network.
  3. (to make sure the printer is on the network, print a network set up page, for more information on how refer to the user's guide, refer to the Downloading and Viewing Printer Manuals section for information on how to download and view the user's guide).

  4. Restart the computer.

  5. Turn the printer off.

  6. Unplug the printer power cord from the A/C outlet or surge protector and wait at least 30 seconds.

  7. Plug the printer power cord back into the A/C outlet or surge protector.

  8. Turn the printer back on.

  9. Make sure the desired printer is set as the default printer.

    • For instructions on how to check which printer is set as the default and change it if needed, Click Hereextlink.gif

  10. Print a test page.

    • For instructions on how to print a test page from Windows, Click Hereextlink.gif

  11. Run the automated printer fix available from Microsoft.
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  12. Uninstall the printer driver, download and install the latest printer driver.

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The problem could be because of ONE out of FOUR problems listed below. Try the steps recommended and it should fix the problem.


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I have seen that in most of the cases (with lexmark and dell printers) it is fixed by reinstalling the printer software. Be sure that you completely remove the older drivers using the cd or using add/remove programs.

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I cannot connect a dell 720 printer to dell laptop Inspiron 1501 (Vista). It says it is installed but a message comes up that communication is not available.

First, shut down your computer and priner. Unplug both from the wall outlet, Unplug the printer from the computers USB receptical. Next, plug both the computer and printer back into the wall, and turn on ONLY THE COMPUTER. After the computer is fully initialized, plug the printer into the computer's USB socket and turn printer on. A small window on your screen should say:NEW HARDWARE FOUND. it will ask if you want it installed, click on YES. and just follow the onscreen instructions, and make sure your printer driver is compatible with VISTA..To check, go to and left click on WINDOWS VISTA SUPPORT. Left click on LATEST VISTA DRIVER UPDATES, and follow the onscreen instructions to check what you have now, and what you may have to download.. If, after downloading and installing VISTA COMPATIBLE SOFTWARE,you still get the communication message, try this: On the windows screen, left click on START. left click on CONTROL PANEL, then left click on PRINTERS. Find your Dell printer icon and RIGHT CLICK on the icon.. On the drop down menu, left click on PROPERTIES. On the Properties window, left click on the PORTS tab. Make sure USB VIRTUAL PRINTER PORT FOR DELL is checked. If no, select that port, left click on the check box, also check ENABLE BIDIRECTIONAL SUPPORT and ENABLE PRINT SPOOLING boxes. Then left click on APPLY, then Ok. The Dell printer icon should show READY. Try a test print to check operation.

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Get the latest driver from Drivers and download.

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Unable to communicate error

I have to make some assumptions here, let me know if I'm wrong. I assume you're using Windows Xp (Pro or Home). If so, disconnect the printer from the computer. Go to the Control Panel/Add Remove Programs. Uninstall the Dell printer. Go to the Control Panel/Printers and Faxes On Menu bar, click on File come down to Server Properties. in box that pops up click on Drivers/ Click on the Dell printer, click on Remove. Go to: Download the latest driver for your Operating System to a location on your computer so that you know where to find it. Reboot your computer. Go to the downloaded driver. Double click on it. Follow the directions on the screen. It will let you know when you need to connect the printer to the computer again. That SHOULD do it. If it does not, please let me know before you rate this solution. I will try to provide additional information. Ed

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