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Re: Printer cannot communicate with the computer

Make sure the printer is connected and plugged into the wall.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008

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How do I connect printer when everything is physically connected properly

1.Disconnect USB cable & reconnect it.
2.Disconnect Power cable & reconnect it.
3.Check if the driver of Z1420 is properly installed?

Apr 01, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Can't print via wireless connection once VPN connected

You have changed your IP address when you connect to the VPN so your network is no longer valid for that VPN session. What you can do is share the printer and then add it as a shared printer while 'in session'.

Mar 26, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Our Canon Selphy DS810 is not printing any color on the photo paper. I cleaned it several weeks ago, we have a new ink cartridge in and nothing. It was printing a light yellow color several weeks ago...

There are all kinds of printers and printing problems. It’s important to note at the outset that for safety reasons you should unplug your printer if you plan on working inside the device for any reason. In addition to the electrical hazard, printers (especially laser printers) can also be very hot on the inside, so use caution.

There are a few general troubleshooting steps you should take first, regardless of your printing problem. These will help solve most everyday printing issues.

Reboot. You’ll be amazed at how many printing problems simply disappear after you restart your computer. Also, reboot your printer. Sometimes, for no good reason, a printer will become wedged (it just stops communicating with the computer). Turning your printer off for a few seconds, and then back on, will usually get you going again.

Read the printer’s lights. Doing this can provide you with very useful clues. Is the power light on? Is the paper feed light blinking? Don’t be afraid to press buttons on the printer: Turn it off and on, reset the paper feed, and take the printer offline and bring it online again.

Check your physical connections. Is the power cord loose? Does the cable from the printer to the PC have a secure connection at both ends? Look at the connector pins on your cable. Are they bent? Try another cable if you have one. Check the print cartridges and printing mechanism. Is anything blocking the printer? Are the cartridges firmly in place?

Print a Windows test page. Access your printer’s Properties dialog box (follow the directions given above). Select the General tab and click the Print Test Page button. If nothing else, you can find out a good deal about your printer’s problem. If the test page prints, you have a problem with your application, not with Windows. Answer the questions as prompted and work through Windows’ Print Troubleshooter as needed.

Drivers. Verify drivers on the Details tab in the Printer Properties dialog box. Make sure the installed driver corresponds with your actual printer. Check the manufacturer’s Web site for updated drivers and browse the support pages on the site while you’re there.

Mar 06, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Hi I have a Lexmark X63 and it says add left cartridge and will not print. I have however already done that. The computer says the printer is busy.

Try reinstalling the printer drivers and software, sometimes the printer does not communicate with your PC properly.

Feb 14, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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How do I get my printer C4280 to print. It is not communicating with my computer. My computer is a new Packard Bell with vista. It scans but won't print from the computer. Hope you can help

Hey there cathie719, have you installed the drivers for your machine? If you have not, here is the location to find them;
Copy and paste to your bowser. Choose your operating sytem, from the list and everything you need should be presented to you. Good Luck!

Feb 04, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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Ink replacement fault

Did you use Lexmark brand cartridges? Sounds like the printer can't read the chip in the cartridge. Try cleaning the contact pads behind the cartridges and in the carriage with the eraser on a pencil.

Jan 23, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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The squeeling I think has to do with a small build up of ink on the carriage.

What I do is I open up the printer top so you can see the carriage as if you were putting in a printhead and then you unplug the power to the printer when teh carriage is in the unlocked position. Now you can freely move the carriage back and forth. If you notice there is a clearish long strip going from one side of the printer to the other that is placed flat ontop of the entire metal inside casing of the printer. Clean that entire strip with a cloth or something. Now take a piece of paper and fold it a few times so that it ends up looking like a ruler you can say. Put the paper flat on that clear strip and then take the carriage and move it over the paper. Basically your cleaning the underpart of the carriage that touches that clear strip that is attached to the metal body of the printer. Move it back and forth and you will see ink being put onto the paper thus cleaning it.

Just close the case up, plug in your printer and the squeaking should be solved till next time. As for that light problem, don't know what those lights mean. If there is a problem with teh printhead or ink though it will always tell you on the digital read out, or at least should.

Jan 19, 2008 | Barebone Systems

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