I've been messing about with my PC's system and now can't print
I may have wrongly made my PC a network server (It isn't). It's stand-alone. The right printer is shown as default. Reloaded it with the installation CD but at the last step (test page) it shows ERROR in print queue. During reinstallation, I get an error message that the disc doesn't have the right driver, which is nonsense, unless I've corrupted my PC system files. Disconnect printer USB and PC makes a di-dong. Reconnect the USB cable and instead of an uptone doh-ding, sounds a soft duh-duh-duh. I've used my Canon Pixma MP600 printer normally for 2 years until I started messing about downloading driver updates and stuff for my PC model from the PC mfr's website (ASUS). I need to know what the system structure should look like for a single PC. It thinks its part of a network now. I'm reluctant to start deleting stuff in case I make it worse. Need advice please. I have a system recovery disc and files are backed regularly.
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Re: I've been messing about with my PC's system and now...
Lexmark Driver CD's included in the printer upon purchase does not include Vista drivers, this includes all the printers made by Lexmark until early 2009.
- Download the driver in the web (www.lexmark.com).
- Completely uninstall all the previous Lexmark printers, including those copies made in the Printers folder (if any), delete them manually (click and press delete on keyboard).
- Reboot your PC.
- Remove the USB cable.
- Unplug the Printer, Remove the Black Power Supply at the back of the printer (for 20 seconds), put power supply back in.
- Instal the new downloaded driver. Follow instructions. DO NOT INSERT USB CABLE, unless instructed by the installer.
- It should work.
- Ding me if problems persist.
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Hi, Is this network printer or stand alone printer? For both, check the power of printer. For network printer, check print server is working, network cable from printer to print server is fine, check your computer connect to network. For stand alone printer, check cable connect between your computer and printer.
If they are all good, restart your computer to let windows pick up your printer when it start up. Hope this will help. Thanks for reading
Hi. If you had done utility check and they are fine, had you try printing on a stand alone not using a computer. if you can print on a stand alone, there is no problem on the hardware side of the printer because u were able to print on a stand alone. you can focus now on the software side by uninstalling and re installing the driver of the printer and that should work.
While this printer has a lot of features, built-in wireless connectivity isn't one of them. To use this printer on a wireless network you'll need a print server. If you already have a wired/wireless router on your network, you can use a wired print server like this one. Connected to one of the router's wired ports, any computer on the network could share the printer. If you don't have a network already or just want to connect wirelessly to the printer, you can use a wireless server like this one. Then the printer becomes a stand-alone wireless device. (I only picked the servers used as samples because I get a lot of parts from Tiger Direct and they are typical devices. There are many other sources and models, obviously. But you'll know what you're looking for.)
If you want to make your printer a Stand-alone device (no need to be connected to a computer, just directly to the router) you may want to look at getting a Print-Server.
But if you just want to share the printers, you will have to install the printer separately on both computers (since they use 2 diff drivers for the printer), then share it on the vista computer. at this point you should now be able to print on both machines
Make sure the printer is a network printer. Then make sure the network cable is plugged into the printer and the switch box for all the network computers. If your printer is attached to a computer on the network, then that computer works like the server. The computer has to be on for anyone to access it. Make sure you can see the other computer on you network. Then you have to set the printer up on each of the computers. Make sure you you have your installation software.
You asked for any advice. If you want to use a server, you must already have at least a home network set up (it could be wireless or hard-wired). Yes, stand-alone "print servers" are notorious for only supporting certain printers. If you don't know this before you buy, you may find yourself returning your print server to the store. However, instead of a standalone print server, have you considered setting up one of the computers in your network as a "print server"? That's the way it used to be done. That's the way my own network is set up. You would set up your multifunction printer as connected directly to one of the computers in your network. Enable "printer sharing" on that computer. Then do the following on all other computers in the network for which you desire access to the printer: Add a network printer. If asked for drivers, get them off the printer's installation CD.