Question about Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer

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It's printing garbage

Background: Macintosh iMac 5.1, running OSX Leopard (10.5.4). Printer connected via USB port.

Recently added LaCie backup drive, connected via Firewire 400 port. Printer worked correctly for a while after the installation.

Problem: Prints 'garbage'; looks like printer control text, interpreted as literal text. Sample:
dup 58 /t put
dup 59 /u put
dup 60 /eight put
...

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Http://www.brother-usa.com/Support/?WT.svl=support


You can contact the company for support and also download a manual here if you do not have one. There are alot of support options for your printer here. I can find no reference to the garbage printing and the numbers it is printing.

The only thing that I can suggest is to turn it off, unplug it, disconnect it and let it sit for 1/2 hour to see if it will reset itself. Then I would plug it back in, connect to the computer and restart the computer. Then I would turn the printer back on. Some printers respond well to this simple reset.


Good luck to you and thank you for using FixYA. Ratings are always appreciated.

Posted on Aug 24, 2008

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