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Setting Up A New Printer

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by jaisalmere, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. jaisalmere

    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    I spent two hours trying to setup our new printer, no luck........

    should I:
    turn everything off and on again, again?

    switch it all off and go to bed

    take a ‘kin pick axe to the thing, then sweep up

    do all of the above and swear at the wife..........again?
     
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    Chouchin66 Keyboard Hero

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    As a last resort, as all us guys do... Instructions? Most men don' t use maps either.. liking the big hammer thing though Dave!

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    You used to install the driver before plugging in any peripheral device. Is it still true? I haven't changed my scanner or printer in years but my camera was a plug and play set up. That's at least 6 years old now.
     
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    Even my local computer store (a really good one-man band) won't touch printers. Too much hassle, not cost-effective, he says.
     
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    Wifi printers that connect to the internet are a pain

    Suggest you phone or do webchat with customer technical support they will talk you through it or connect to your PC and do the installation remotely
     
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    Wild Bill co2 Firearm Enthusiast & FX Wildcat owner.

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    I just installed a Canon MG3050 (cheap in TESCO). My first ever wi-fi printer. It installed flawlessly and I was up and running in 10 minutes. I use Windows 7 and never have any problems.
     
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    Uninstall the printer, read the instructions some say plug the printer in then install software others are the opposite, if its a USB priner there is a good chance windows will have some generic driver all ready built into the operating system. News flash they dont always work. So if you plug it in before you install the drivers windows will use the generic ones not the specific ones (does that make sense).

    The same pretty much applies for the wifi enabled printers connect everything in the order that the instructions tell you for the same reasons above.

    Other problems could be your anti virus blocking access try turning the antivirus off see if that works, if you tell me which printer it is and how you are trying to connect and what the exact problem is, I may be able to help in a more specific way.

    The WPS button doesnt always work and you have to enter the network password manually.

    Considering they have one job to do printers are a PITA when they go wrong normally for no reason whatsoever.

    You could run the windows built in troubleshooter if you really want to waste some time, I find it to be very constructive after waiting 10 mins to tell me there is a problem and we cant fix it.

    Generally if you uninstall everything youve done, turn the printer off hard reset your pc (technical term for keeping your finger pressed on the power button until the computer just switches off) wait 30 seconds then turn your pc back on. Follow the instructions for the printer it does tend to work.
     
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    I bought a Wi-Fi enabled HP after Xmas... Came with practically no instructions and connection was done via an app on my phone, took a while because the process was not very user friendly with settings in odd places, probably not helped by me changing over to a chromebook at the same time.
    But after about an hour got it working and it's pretty good - has the manufacturer got a help line.?
     
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    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    Im trying to pare this thing with my iphone,ipad, I don’t use a pc/laptop, it just won’t pare.
     
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    I gave up on the Wifi for mine; just use a lead from printer to a USB socket.
     
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    Which model printer have you bought ie HP 1560 mfw etc. Is there an app that you download for the specific printer ie a hp epsom etc. Is the printer ipad compatible as some are not.

    Can you supply me more information thats more specific

    Make of Printer
    Model of Printer
    What your trying to connect it to ie Ipad how old is it.
     
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    I think that's possibly your problem, is the printer Mac compatible. ?
    The recent track and trace fiasco on the IOW failed because the software was not MAC compatible, therefor would not work on Iphones.
     
  13. jaisalmere

    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    The printer is a cannon TR4550, I have downloaded the app twice, I haven’t tried to pair it only to my iphone.
     
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    Can you get it to connect with an external print server and connect the phone in the same way?
    I seem to recall that being the other wireless connection option.
     
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    Most important thing is don’t lose your temper I stamped on one in frustration and needless to say I had to buy another one
     
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    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    You Sir, are a gentleman, thanks
     
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    Have you got it working?
     
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    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    I will have a go this evening
     
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    jaisalmere Addicted to placebos

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    No, it’s not having any of it, it wom
    not pair to my iphone or my ipad?
     

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