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Vista-Lexmark USB Communication Failure
I have an HP Desktop PC that has had a Lexmark X3650 All-In-One (not wireless) attached via USB for almost a year now without problem. The PC has auto Windows Update and an HP driver update switched on.
On either 26/11/09 or 27/11/09 the PC had done a windows Update and reboot. My next attempt to print on 27/11/09 was met with a "Cannot Communicate" error, the print queue shows the request with no status. The printer icon shows as offline.
Here's what I've tried:
Reboot the PC, power off/on the printer, disconnect/reconnect the USB cable, check other devices work on that USB port and cable, print test page from printer menus OK, print photos OK from PictBridge and flashdrive/SD cards on printer. Tried the front USB port on the printer.
As there was no difference in comms, I downloaded a cleanup utility and the latest driver from Lexmark, ran the cleanup (reboot) and started the driver install. At the point where the install requires connection of the USB cable I connected the cable and... nothing.
I tried other USB ports and cables but the PC does not recognise that the printer has been plugged in.
I tried the Windows Fix-It utility that checks the spooler etc., it reported no problems.
I rolled back to before the dates above unsing Windows Restore but no improvement, infact when I boot now I get a FaxMan error and Printer Device error, presumably because of the failed re-installation of the Lexmark drivers.
Can anyone suggest what to try next? Is my printer USB fried or is it Vista simply not playing ball?
## Just to add info, I also made sure that the Windows Firewall had the two Lexmark .exe files suggested by their support tool and tried with my CA Anti Virus switched off.
Last edited by Castagnola : 12-03-2009 at 16:04.
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