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My Lexmark x4550 all-in-one printer wont print anymore.It worked for a short time but now it doesnt print.I keep getting the error message communication problem,the printer cannot communicate with the printer. I have only had it for 3 weeks so i am thinking of returning it for a replacement. I have tried a few things that i have read on the net but nothing seems to work it out. Help someone please!

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  • zoomboom Jun 13, 2008

    Update...Thankyopu for your assistance.I tried your suggestions but sadly it didnt fix the problem.I have now decided to return the printer.They sent me a replacment printer but that did the same as well.So i am returning both and getting a refund.

    I will start again with Brother printer.

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You need to reconfigure the port. Go to the printer icon in "Control Panel" and open "Printers."

You will see that your printer is "Offline."

Rt Click on the printer and select "Properties." Click on the "Ports" Tab, highlight your printer by clicking on it and then select "Configure Port." This will open a new window where you then click on "Configure." In the next window choose DHCP (Radio Button) and wait until finished.

Remember back where you first started, Rt click your printer again and choose "Use Printer online." When the process is finished close all windows and you will be printing.

This also works with many of the Dell Photo printers as they are made by Lexmark. Unfortunately you may find that if you turn your computer off it may go "offline" again and you will have to do this process all over again. Good Luck.




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