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My Emachine laptop won't recongize my Lexmark

I "probably stupidly" bought a lexmark x4270 all in one printer/scanner/fax at a yard sale. It didn't come with a CD or booklet so I figured I could just download the driver like i've done in the past. I have dialup so we all know it took Forver to download the driver. After It was downloaded it said to plug in the usb cable and turn on printer. Did that but nothing happened. Apparently my Emachine laptop won't recongize the lexmark. I don't know what else to do. Any ideas? Thanks

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  • shelsam May 25, 2009

    The printer was Not on when I plugged in the USB cable but then turned it on as soon as I had it plugged in. I'll try What you've suggested. I Really appreciate the help.

    I've got a new laptop so it's running Vista unfortunetly


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Did you make sure the printer was turned on when you plugged it in? If the power is not turned on, the computer will not find the printer. If you had it on, then reboot your laptop and press whatever key allows you to go into system setup. Once there, check the various areas until you find where it asks if you have a Plug and Play operating system. If it says "NO", change it to "YES".

If you've done all these, then try installing the software first, until it tells you to plug in the USB cable. If you've followed all these instructions and still cannot get the printer recognized by your computer, chances are the printer is bad - which would explain it being sold at a yard sale.

Posted on May 25, 2009

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    Lewis Fulkerson May 25, 2009

    You must uninstall the original installation first or you will fail again. Go to Control Panel - Printers, and delete that printer, then go to Add/Remove programs and delete the driver installation first. Disconnect the USB cable, and restart your computer. Then make sure the printer is on first, and start the installation software. Do NOT plug in the USB cable until told to do so... if it says right at the beginning that it can't find the printer, plug it in. Also, be very patient... if Windows pops up an installation window, don't do anything! Just sit and wait, and let the installation software close it when it's ready to do so. If you try to use windows along side the installation software, the process will fail again. Windows can be a confusing nuisance at times.

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