Ok what operating system do you have on your laptop, and read the manual for the printer to see if your printer is compatible with the laptop, if not then you will need the drivers, so go to lexmark.com and get the drivers needed for that printer
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unplug printer from power outlet...it must be unplugged
delete lexmark software if installed ( you can uninstall program from control panel )
go to lexmark website and download software for your computer
shut down computer
plug in printer
turn on computer
wait for computer to completely boot up then turn on printer
What exactly happens when you plug in the USB cable into laptop and turn on the printer?
Does any window pop up that says "New hardware found?" Or if you check in the device manager list, is there a yellow question mark in there anwhere. To check for this question mark,
-Right click on My Computer
-Click on Device Manager
In this window is where the yellow question mark would be. If there is one, this means that your laptop does recognize the printer but have not installed the driver cd as yet.
However, the CD that comes with the printer is not for Windows Vista. To get the drivers for vista you have to go to the drivers and downloads page of http://www.lexmark.com website and download the vista driver.
If none of the above happens and this does not work then it might be another problem.
Let me know what happens.