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I would ensure that you have the current firmware installed on the printer and make sure that you are sending the job via network with a correct driver. If you manually set the IP address on your computer and the printer you should be able to connect direct using a crossover cable, I do that in the shop all the time.
Turn off the printer and remove the USB cable. Uninstall the drivers in Add and Remove Programs or look in the Lexmark folder in your Start Menu for a built in uninstall program for that Lexmark. Reinstall the drivers and plug the printer back in when told. INSTALL THE DRIVERS BEFORE CONNECTING THE PRINTER There are more problems with printers than ANY other device that can be attached to a computer. Check that your USB cable isn't broken or the ports themselves on the printer and the computer. Also check in Control Panel/Printers that the Lexmark is set as your default printer.
turn on the printer sharing via the system preference panel on the computer that is on the system via usb. Then on your wifi computer look for shared printers and you'll see your printer in the list under the host computer name... use that setting and it should fire up for you! let me know how it goes...
DO NOT use the Windows 7 Lexmark Driver for the 5400 series on the model X5470 all-in-one! I just assembled a new Win 7 computer and could not get the obvious Win7 64 bit driver to work. I called Lexmark tech support several times, and the third time they conceded that you can't use it. You have to use THIS ONE!
CJS5400en.exe (just for the X5400). Make sure you UNINSTALL COMPLETELY any previous Lexmark printer driver and check the hard drive for any vestiges of previous installations BEFORE installing the new driver...and do NOT use the 'cleaning utility' file that is on the Lexmark site for Win 7 - to clean all bits of former installations first...According to tech support, it doesn't work on Win 7!! I told the tech person that the driver site needs to be more specific on which models use which drivers...he agreed.
When you got this message were you trying to scan?
What I want you to do is a copy. Doing a copy will generally not require you to be hooked to the PC.
Scanning and Printing all require communication from the printer to the computer. Failure in communication can either be something on the computer, something wrong with the cable or rarely something wrong with the printer.
I'm assuming you have done the following:
1. Power off your printer and your computer.
2. Unplugged the power from the printer
3. Unplugged the USB cable from both the printer and the computer.
4. Reconnect the USB cable to the printer and the computer.
5. Plug the power back into the printer and make sure the printer is on.
6. Turn on the computer.
Those are general troubleshooting steps that can be done for any communication problem.
If you have done all of those try this:
Press and hold down the Windows key on the keyboard, and then type the letter R. Type "devmgmt.msc" and then click OK on the Run dialog. Find the item Universal Serial Bus controller. Click the + sign next to the word Universal Serial Bus controller. Do you see USB Printing Support?
Yes: Right-click on USB Printing Support, and then click Properties. Does the Device status say “This device is working properly.”?
Yes: Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling the software? No: Click the Troubleshoot button to try to resolve the problem. Does the Device status now say “This device is working properly.”? Yes: Try your print again (might need to restart) No: Might have a problem with your Printing Support
Might have a problem with your Printing Support
Let me know - if you have a problem with your printing support you'd really need to contact your PC MFG for help - but you can always try uninstalling the USB Printing Support and reinstalling it (only if you have your disks that came with your printer).