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Won't print pdf files

Our printer works fine in all respects, but for some reason refuses to print .pdf files from any computer. It had been working, then one day, simply stopped. The print job sends and doesn't generate an error of any sort... but it never prints.

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Try with print other pdf file may this particular file is corrupted

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