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    Wireless printer won't print

    I have connected a printer wirelessly and although it connects with my laptop it won't print. Well, it prints when I ask it to but I get a blank page! I've done the print head clean and align and printed test pages which seem fine; Has anybody any ideas that could help me with this? Thanks

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    Does the printer produce a self test page using the buttons on the printer?
    Do you have another device you can print from, camera, phone etc?

    cheers, Paul

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    Hi Paul,

    The printer shoots out a test page and invisible /blank docs when request is made via the laptop. I've nothing else to test it from.
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    Heather

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    What is the printer? Maybe the manufacturers web site will give us some clues.

    cheers, Paul

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    It's a Lexmark combi scanner, fax etc. Model number will have to wait; first day back at work and printer is at home! I'll check website when I go home - feel silly not doing that already! Still, if you have any useful suggestions (apart from that one!) I'd be grateful.

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    As it's a scanner, can you photocopy something to prove the printer is working?

    cheers, Paul

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    Taking the cartridges out and giving them a good shake often resolves printing problems.

    For the printer to be chucking out blank pages means that its getting the message - it's just the sharp end that isn't producing.

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    Just a thought after reading Sudo15's post, I assume you took the tape off of the ink cartridges didn't you? As dumb as it sounds, it happens sometimes when you are in a hurry.

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    Thanks Lumpy and Sudo. Paul, I've been on Lexmark website and discovered all sorts of network connection advice not in the user manual. I'll try a few things and let you know what happens! Clever clogs to think of that!

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    Can this wireless printer also be connected via ethernet cable, just for testing?
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Thanks everybody for your suggestions. I uninstalled/reinstalled the printer last night and it's giving me a Problem with Printhead message. Cleaned it as directed but still got the message showing. As I got given the printer and a new printhead costs more than a new printer I'll be disposing of this one! Thank you all once again!

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    I do hate the "printer is consumable, ink will cost the earth" marketing arrangement in vogue!

    cheers, Paul

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    It's best to use their branded cartridges during the warranty period but I haven't had any problems with generic Epson ones from www.stinkyink.com but that is UK based.

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    This has nothing to do with the printer in question here but
    *does* relate to wireless printing.

    Wireless has no WOL (Wake on Lan).

    If the wireless printer is in sleep, you cannot print by forced wake-up via networking. It is universal true so far. There is an on going design effort on WWOL (wireless wake on lan).

    Unless your wireless printer has a good design that its wifi is always on (or able to check wireless periodically), the PC/laptop wireless signal cannot reach the sleeping printer. Even a ping cannot reach the printer.
    Remedy is to wake up the printer by pushing a button on the printer, the power button, for example, in Samsung M series wireless laser printers.

    Only *wired* networking has WOL.

    In his case, you can test or force a wake-up by pinging it. This pre-wakeup helps the printer ready to receive data. Of course, the print signal itself should have already done that for you. For a big print job, a 10-second ping job prevents possible headache and delay.

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