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My printer will not connect to my laptop

My printer has recently stopped printing anything from my laptop. The printer is an PIXMA MP210 and despite which USB port I use on the laptop, the printer status remains offline and will not connect.The laptop is a HP Pavilion dv2000.

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  • electryc monk May 11, 2010

    well, may I make a few generalized assumptions. Your running Windows XP and You've: A.) gone thru start/control panel/printers and faxes then looked at the Pixma MP210 icon to see if it has a little check mark in the icon? A.1) If not then right clicked on it to set it as default printer(if it wasn't already set as default)? B.) tried to reinstall the printers software or just drivers? C.) went to the printers website to see *IF* you should download the latest drivers? C.1.) went to windows update to make sure you've got the correct updates? hope this starts you enroute to a solution as this is almost always the basic troubleshooting steps I walk in before "throwing up a white flag."

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You need to put your printer back online. Depending on your operating system, (I will assume some flavor of Windows) you need to find your printer listed in "Control Panel". Right click your printer icon with your mouse, and choose "Use printer online".

If the document does not print and the job remains queued, a printer icon will appear to the left of the time on the Windows taskbar. Double-click the printer icon in the taskbar. Click on the document title. From the document menu, click "restart".

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