We have the 6100 as a network printer in our office. one computer sees it fine and wil print to it, the other will install the drivers and recognise the printer as online, yet no program will print anything. nothing happens. when a test page is printed it works fine.
i've tried installing as both a network printer and a local printer, the same happens for both. the laptops are identical, and the first suffered this problem also until suddenly it worke. the second was set up in the same way, but will not work.
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Have one too, this happened with an x73 when i upgraded from win98 to winXP, It happened with the X6150 when i upgraded to vista. to correct this problem, Get an HP printer and be done with it. I like lexmark because the ink costs less, but if they do not work, they are of no help, Lexmark needs to invest in engineers to write drivers, they will not do so unless we stop buying their good printes controlled by flawed software. Unfortunately, after having installed the latest driver, from their site, on a computer that had never had a printer installed before and was out of the box with all the windows update, it is a LEXMARK problem. Everything else works fine. LEXMARKS problems continue to be an issue. This is my last LEXMARK.
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Install a New Printer DIY installation of your new
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Do you still have access to the Internet from this laptop? If not your Laptop isn't connecting to the network you won't be able to print. Check and see if your laptop is set to DHCP which will automatically assign the correct IP Address to enable your laptop to connect to the local network. If all this is correct you may have to delete and re-install the print drivers for the printers you want to print to.
for FS-3900DN the latest firmware is the one what you have. BUT there is a separate update firmware for the Network Card !!
Check if you have installed the latest print driver in ALL computers and the OS updated with the latest patches. Q1: The printing issue is consistent when you change computers ? IF yes THEN the issue is within the printer or the network.
Then: Check if you have same issues when printing using the USB (not the network). IF is printing OK when you use the USB but you got trouble using the network THEN something is wrong with the network printing so: -> connect the printer straight to a PC/laptop using a crossover network cable that so you bypass the whole network (LAN) hardware. --> IF is printing OK THEN the problem is within the network hardware(LAN) - you may try to pinpoint by replacing the network cable between the hub/router and the printer. --> IF printing using the crossover cable is NOT OK then the problem is in the printer's network card. Check if the jack or the cable fit well into the printer or if the connector is not loose.
IF printing using USB is NOT OK then the problem may be into the printer. Reload the firmware engine and system + network card... it may help. Q2: When you say: "fails to print unless it's powered OFF / ON" you mean the print job what you sent is waiting into the computer print spooler = the printer is being seen as NOT READY ? or the print job is just missing and you have to restart the printer and after that resend the print job ? ou can chack the printer stat by going to her IP address = open any internet browser and type the ip address. You should see a web page. Check the printer status before sending any print job.
if your os is xp, its very simple to share a printer, go to the printer properties and share the printer, be sure that you log on as a administrator.. then try to find computer name or ip address with priniter sharing and connect it.
Make sure the printer is a network printer. Then make sure the network cable is plugged into the printer and the switch box for all the network computers. If your printer is attached to a computer on the network, then that computer works like the server. The computer has to be on for anyone to access it. Make sure you can see the other computer on you network. Then you have to set the printer up on each of the computers. Make sure you you have your installation software.