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Printing problem Randomly, allthough now allways my computer tells me that it is having " problem communicating with the printer " when I try to print anything! I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers from the disks I recived with the printer. I have also downloaded them from Lexmarks site and still have a " problem communicating with the printer "There was a short time where the next time the computer was turned on the documents would print that does not happen any more. I'm almost ready to toss it out the window but all other functions work fine with the x 85 !!! Help me please if you can.

Posted by derek vandervecht on

  • derek vandervecht Dec 12, 2006

    Thank you for the suggestion. I have switched the USB ports around with no success and I have also bought new high quality USB cables and I still have a " problem communicating with the printer " It does not make any sense!



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It may be a faulty cable or USB port, try removing printer from current port and connect to a different usb port and let windows find it again. If you have same problem, try removing other; if any USB connected peripherals and see if it solves what might be a USB power issue.

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