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Every time I turn on my computer and/or Brother mfc-8220 the led displays "pc busy or fail" message. At the same time it beeps 8 times. it does this twice and then remains quiet until I send a print job to the printer and then it goes through this again. I am using windows 7 with this printer. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the software and drivers twice. Any help?

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  • paclow May 13, 2010

    1. I installed the correct and up to date drivers.
    2. I tried three different USB cables with no success.
    3. I purchased a parallel to USB cable just to try and interestingly it is now working fine? For some reason my computer and the printer do not communicate well using the USB cable.

    I am not sure what is going on but it sall seems to work fine now....



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First of all you want to make sure you are using the most up to date drivers.
Please make sure you are using these drivers
If this does not help, please try using a different USB cable.
Also make sure you are not using a parallel cable or a parallel to USB converter and you want to make sure you are not conencted to a USB hub.

Posted on May 12, 2010

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    Patrick Wolthausen May 14, 2010

    It's possible that there is a problem with the universal serial bus controllers, when you connect directly with a USB cable there is more of a current going through the cable. With a parallel to USB cable there is no current and so the conflict does not happen.

    Happy to see the it's now working for you.



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