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Laptop wont recognize USB connection to turn printer on

I have an hp laptop and a canon mp160 printer/scanner with a USB port also. I connected the two with the USB cable, but it won't turn the printer on. do I need a power cord for the printer also? do I need to plug it into something else? I noticed a space for some kind of plug on the back of the printer with two metal prongs. Is this the space where some other cable needs to go?

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Yes you do need the power cable that came with the printer, although USB can power small devices (500mA or less) this is not nearly enough power a device with motors in it. There should have been a power cable in the box with the printer according to Canon's documentation.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007

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    Nicholas Wilson Aug 28, 2007

    Dyllan, good answer but 2 prongs usually suggests a standard bidirectional power cable.
    Most of us have 2 or 3 of those in *that* kitchen draw, you know the one, it's full of odd cables, caps, bits of string manuals for things we no longer own but we can't bring ourselves to through any of it out. ;)

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    Nicholas Wilson Aug 28, 2007

    Throw any of it out, sorry, I'm dyslexic.

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Yes, you need a separate power cord, as this printer needs more power than a USB cable can provide. It should have come with this power cord, but if it didn't you will have to contact the store you purchased it from, or Canon directly, for the cable. If it only has 2 prongs, it's not using a standard PC power cable, so you need the specific one made for your printer.

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