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Use with 2 computers?

The HL-2040 has a parallel and a USB connector. Can I hook up the printer to two different computers, one to each of the 2 connectors? Are there limitations such as both computers cannot be ON at the same time? One computer runs Windows ME, the other XP pro.

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You can use the printer on both the computer provided you intall the printer drivers on the both computers with the respective cables

Posted on May 28, 2009

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Cant get to print


Try this site: http://www.brother-usa.com/FAQs/Solution.aspx?FAQID=200000000038&Sympt=I+am+unable+to+print+from+Windows+using+a+parallel+or+USB+connection.+What+can+I+do%3f&Model=3&ProductGroup=1&ProductID=HL2040&top20=1

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Don't know how to connect HL-2040 printer to laptop.


If the printer does not have a USB port and the computer does not have a parallel port then you will need to get a USB to Parallel print adapter. One end is USB to plug into the computer and the other end has a standard parallel port to plug into the printer. Install instructions will come with the adapter. Try any computer shop such as Best Buy, Radio Shack, etc etc.

Apr 24, 2011 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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My Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer says "not online" when I try to print.


Are you using the USB connection? Try a new cable and plugging the unit into a different port. Make sure the ports work with a known working device (they can be disabled for security or power-savings). In Windows, you can check the driver/device settings in the Device Manager (from the Control Panel); the power savings setting is part of the advanced settings from the Screen Saver control panel.
If you have a USB hub or print server try a direct connection.

If you are using the parallel port, make sure the connectors are tightly seated (screws and the clips). Again if you have a print server, try a direct connection (to check if that has failed).

Press the GO button if a light is blinking. Also check that you have the correct driver installed. http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/us/us/en/dlf/download_top.html?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&prod=hl2040_all and pick your OS.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

May 07, 2010 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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How can i hook up my printer to my computer


Most printers either have at least one of:
* parallel-connector, requiring a "parallel-printer" cable,
* a USB-connector, requiring a "USB-printer" cable.

So, connect the correct cable to your printer,
and connect the other end to a "parallel" or "USB" connector on your computer.

Apr 07, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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My Brother hl-2040 is just running paper through, even after power cycles, and won't stop. How can I purge its memory to be able to start printing an acutal document again?


disconect the usb from the printer, then power cycle.
cancel all jobs on the computer. reconnect the usb, if you send a job and the problem starts again i'd try a new cable

Mar 23, 2010 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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Ip address for brother 2040


Up to 20 pages per minute
• HQ1200 resolution (up to 2400x600dpi)
• HL-2040: 8MB memory standard
HL-2070N: 16MB memory standard
• 250-sheet input capacity
• USB 2.0 and Parallel interfaces1
• Built-in Ethernet Network Interface1 (HL-2070N)
The 2070 has networking not the 2040, according to the borchure, you would not be able to network this one, only usb and parrallel port. You could do it if you wanted to use a computer as your network printer server. In that case just use your router to select an ip address for that machine and either run it in DMZ if you have a linksys . If you just enable shared printer it should work on all your machines on the network. That's how I did it prior to a 4in1 wireless.
http://www.brother-usa.com/VirData/Content/Printers/ModelBrochures/Brochures_HL2040.pdf

Mar 19, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Connect to network printer


Are you positive it is a HL 2040? The 2040 only has parallel and usb ports. The HL 2070 has the network port.

Anyway, if it is already being printed to on the network from other printers go to one of the other PC's and look under the printer properties tab, go to the ports tab and see which IP address has a checkmark in the box......that is the IP address you will need...

If it isn't already setup on another PC then you will need the setup CD that has the BRAdmin Professional Software.

Jan 16, 2009 | Brother HL-2040 Laser Printer

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HL-2040 printer won't function


You can't hook up two HL 2040 with 1PC. It will make your PC crazy and don't know which printer should go for printer.
You must remove 1 HL2040. After that you should be fine.

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HL-2040 Laser Printer Problem


hmmm...unplug from computer..and then try a test page on the printer solo

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Windows XP will not recognize Brother HL 2040 Laser printer


you could try this: unistall the HP printer driver first, uninstall the brother driver , restart pc, load brother driver with the usb cable unplugged from printer. Software will prompt for the cable to be connected to printer

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