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Dell 946 printer - unable to print

Hi, I have a new dell inspiron 1520 laptop and dell 946 all in one printer. However, I'm unable to print. I've tried all the fixes suggested (ie check usb connections, power on/off, adjust firewall settings, restart laptop) but nothing has worked. When I check settings in the control panel everything looks fine. I'm running Windows Vista with McAffe and Windows firewalls. Thanks, Rod

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SOURCE: Scanner Problems After Installing Windows Vista

ya its vista issue i have same one my dell works half butt most of tiem also cuse of drivers aint relly made for vista keep looking on dell site for new vista drivers only ever other week its updated ok

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Dell 946 AIO printer won't stop beeping after firmware update attempt

I just experienced this problem today. The beeping means that when you tried to update the firmware it damaged the printer internally. I would have to assume there is some kind of chip in there that can be flashed and it got cooked by the firmware update. Dell is sending me a new one.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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SOURCE: computer will not communicate with printer

Go out to Lexmark web site and look for a vista update in their software download section. So this should solve your problem.Most of the cds which come with equipment do not contain vista software and drivers.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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SOURCE: Dell 946 Won't Print

turn off the printer.
disconnect the printer from the computer.
restart the computer.
conencted the printer after the computer is up, and all applications are loaded.
the computer should inform you the printer is connected.
send a test page to the printer.

Posted on Nov 13, 2008

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SOURCE: lexmark 5470 printer not working on Windows Vista

If you just connected the printer to your Vista PC, the drivers probably didn't load.
If you haven't yet, you need to install the Lexmark drivers first before you can use your printer. Unplug the printer before installing, then plug it in when prompted by the software.

Lexmark drivers:

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Dell Color Printer 725 - Communication Not Available

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.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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Describe your 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer Problem I'm running windows 7 on a Gateway laptop and managed to get it to print at one point but then installed some other items to get it to recognize...

This printer is not a wireless rpinter, so I guess you were trying to attach it to a print server of some type.

Try using these Recommended Wireless Router Settings,I use channel 11. I would make a new SSID to make connecting easier.

If your computer came with Windows 7, then follow the procedure below. If you upgraded your computer, the did you install the chipset drivers first. If using a Dell Computer that was upgraded, the desktop/notebook system utility and the chipset drivers need installed first or the rest of the drivers will fail to install. How to Download and Install Drivers in the Correct Order

First run Delete Print Jobs to remove any stuck print job in the queue.

Disconnect the printer.

Download and run the patch(printer cleanup utility) until it prompts you to restart your computer.

Restart your computer. Make sure the printer is removed.
Manual Printer Driver Removal

Download the Vista 32-bit drivers for Windows 7 32-bit or the Vista 64-bit drivers for Windows 7 64-bit. Install the Vista drivers in the Vista
Compatibility mode You'll get a message, the printer is not connected. Connect the printer at this time(powered on).

Links to the patch/drivers can be found at...

Dell 946 Photo All-In-One Printer owners thread (W7)

Virus programs and firewalls will block communications.

If you need more help, please post in the Dell Printers Forum


Aug 24, 2011 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Hi there I have lost the install CD and would like to install my Dell all in one 946 printer to my new laptop. I runs with windows 7, and the software I have downloaded from the internet does not seem to...

Click here to download the driver for dell all in one 946 printer. First uninstall the previous drivers and then install this driver.
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Oct 04, 2010 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Just got a new lenovo laptop and my dell 946 will not print anything from it. Not sure if it's a compatability problem?

Did you install the DELL printer-driver software onto the new laptop?

If you've lost that CD-ROM, access the manufacturer's web-site:

and enter '946' and do a search for the device-driver software.

May 14, 2010 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Can you print to a Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet

Dell does not have Mac drivers for this printer. Your Dell printer was made by Lexmark and if you can find a similar printer on Lexmark’s website, it might or might not work. You can also try Gutenprint for Mac OS X which may or may not work.

Apr 21, 2010 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Just got a new lenovo laptop and my dell 946 will not print anything from it. Not sure if it's a compatability problem?

Hi, try uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers for your printer and ensure that the printer its detected. If it is detected, contact printer support for troubleshoting. It is a possible issue with the printer. :)

Mar 26, 2010 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Dell all in one 946 printer

I have to ask this question of you, just to make sure this is not an issue. Are you using a factory new ink or toner cartridge?
Please consider the following:
If you are using a refilled or third party cartridges that may well be your problem. Most manufacturers build logic into their products to prevent the use of “Other Equipment Manufactured” cartridges as well as re-filled cartridges.
They do this to prevent problems from contaminated inks or toner causing problems with print quality or damaging the physical printhead or photo conductors.
If you are using factory new ink or toner cartridges, then please call the manufacturer’s Technical Support for assistance with the warranty on the cartridges

Feb 20, 2010 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Dell 946 printer

You need to set the size of your page on the printer preferences.
If you need more help you can see the manual of your printer here:

Sep 07, 2008 | Dell 946 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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