Will work on XP also with correct driver installed.
All Windows versions PRE Vista are programmed in 32bit. Vista Is programmed in 64Bit Language - therefore many manufacturers simply will not spend the time to re-write software for out-dated products.
As you can see at the bottom on THIS PAGE - only Windows up to XP is supported. Not Vista. There are no Vista drivers available for PC, so if you are running VISTA - you cannot use this printer on the machine.
The printer probably works fine - however the computer is sending it commands in an unfamiliar language (64bit) so it does not wake up from power save mode.
If the printer IS on a machine with XP or earlier - see page 4-7 of the manual to set the SLEEP mode.
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Typically, a Brother machine stops printing,
because the connection between the computer and the Brother machine is
lost. There are multiple reasons for a lost connection.
The Brother print driver is Offline.
The Brother printer driver is not set as the default printer driver.
The computer, not the monitor, connected to the Brother
machine is set to go into sleep or standby mode. When the computer
goes into sleep or standby mode, the connection between the computer
and the Brother machine is lost and needs to be re-established.
Follow the steps below in order to re-establish the connection between the Brother machine and the computer:
Verify that the Brother machine is connected with a USB cable and is not on a network.
Verify the power cord and USB cable are securely connected.
If the USB cable is loose on either end, disconnect and reconnect the
cable securely. Test the machine by trying to print. If the machine
does not print, go to STEP3.
Cycle the power of the Brother machine by unplugging the power
cord from power outlet, wait approximately one minute and plug back
in. Once the Brother machine displays the date and time after plugging
it back in, test the machine by trying to print. If the machine does
not print, to Step 4.
Reboot the computer connect to the Brother machine and then try to print again.
Setting the Sleep Time reduces power consumption by turning off the fuser inside the MFC while it is idle. You can choose how long the MFC is idle (from 00 to 99 minutes) before it goes into sleep mode. The timer is automatically reset when the MFC receives a Fax or PC data or makes a copy. The factory setting is 05 minutes.
To turn Sleep Mode off press Menu/Set, 1, 6, 2. Then use the dial pad to enter the length of time the MFC is idle before it goes into sleep mode, in this case 00 so it wouldn't go to Sleep mode at all. Press Stop/Exit.
The Brother machines go into sleep mode to save power, in the machine setup you select how long to wait before going to sleep. When all is working, it will wake up as soon as a fax is received, so you really don't need to change it. If you use menu to reports and select the user settings to print, it will tell you where the setting is at.
Laser printers have a sleep mode they automatically enter to reduce power consumption. Normally they should respond with fairly quickly and awaken to a print job beign sent. ALthough you may not be able to override the sleep mode, you may be able to change how soon it goes into sleep mode in the advanced features. Otherwise, you should contact Brother support and ask the question to them. They will be able to tell you for certain.
Your Brother machine#s Sleep Mode function reduces power consumption while the machine is idle. You can adjust how long your Brother machine is idle (between 00 and 99 minutes) before Sleep Mode is initiated. Please note that the default setting is 00 minutes, and the timer automatically resets itself after the Brother machine receives a fax,receives data from your PC, or makes a copy. To adjust your Brother machine#s Sleep Mode setting, please follow these steps:
sleep mode is a normal thing with brother printer, you don't have to worry bout it,it's just the way the printer is saying "hey i'm not doing anything here,might as well get some sleep! once you start to print or scan it'll come back to life.