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Try this. Unplug the printer and the computer. If it's a laptop you also remove the battery. Plug the printer into the AC socket and if nessary install the computer battery and plug the computer back in to the AC outlet and see if it recognizes the printer. This is essentially a reboot. If your using the printer through a network connection (router) make sure the router is working properly.
OK, if it's timing out that means the printer is not visible to the network. When you used the setup disc, you said it found the same address? What address does it detect? It will mostly likely start with 192.168.x.x. During the setup process does it offer to use DHCP vs a static IP address?
Do you know the IP addresses of the 8 machines on your network? You'll want to make sure the printer doesn't use the same address as that would cause an IP conflict and prevent it from working properly on the network. Preferably you'll want to use an address outside the scope. For example, if your DHCP server is set to give out addresses from 192.168.1.1-.20 then you should make the printer 192.168.1.21. Hope this makes sense.
If that still doesn't get you anywhere, connect the printer directly to a PC via USB and make sure you can print. It's possible it's an issue with the printer, but my guess it's just a network config issue.
There is too little information to work out your problem here exactly, but I think here is a conflict in your network. I think you have to read the manual of your modem and printer to see for the settings of your network. Is it DHCP? Do you have a fixed IP address for your printer (that is the best thing to do), and is your Gateway address correct with the correct subnetmask. When your printer starts, it 'asks' for a IP address. Your modem 'gives' an address, but it can be a conflict with an other address in the network. If you set a fixed IP address, your printer will always have the same address and can be found...
So take the time to look carefully to your modem settings: is DHCP on? Which range will it use? What is the Gataway address, what is your subnet mask?
Take also a look at your printer settings: Is DHCP on? Does it have a fixed IP address?
And take a look to your printer driver: to what IP address are you printing? Those three things have to match in order to recognize each other.
Yes, you can make a self print test from the printer even if the printer is not connected to the computer. This means that the unit is in good working condition. Possibly your printer doesn't communicate with your computer. try this, hit start key>control panel>fax and printers>select your printer>right click to properties>click ports tab>check if the port is matched to the port you are using.also, make sure it is your default printer.
Check that the correct printer is set as default. Also use File Print so that the selected printer is shown rather than using the Print button. If the test pages are being printed from the computer then the communication is working.
There might be a problem with the network connection. Is the cable connected to the back of the printer?
The printer could have lost the connection.
If the printer is able to print a configuration page and if the display responds to comands from the buttons in the display panel there is a very good chance the network connection was lost.
Yo mentioned "paper jam" is the printer identifying a paper jam?
I would print out a copy of the network configuation of that printer and ensure it has the proper network settings (I.E. IP address, Subnet mask and Default Gateway. I just worked on a printer that I accidently pull the plug on and it lost it's network settings and wouldn't print until I changed them back to the correct settings.
This download includes a Print Driver only. This driver makes it possible to use the basic functions for the printer. HP will not be providing a Full Featured Vista Software and Driver for this product; therefore, some functionality may be lost when you use this product with Windows Vista.
What you can try to do is...
Uninstall the Vista driver and install the XP driver... this has worked for some HP printers...