Do wireless printers wear out?

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We a Canon Pixma wireless printer that we've been using for a couple years now. We use it a fair amount. Recently though, it you try and print something and it says printer is online and says its printing the first page but then nothing happens and after a little while longer it another message comes up that the printer will not work in its current status. I did a google search and it sounds like there are some people with similar printer problems. All I've tried is the classis turn off/turn on and that doesn't help much. Can anything be done to remedy the problem?
 
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You specifically said wireless printers, what makes you think this has anything to do with being wireless? Not poking you here, just curious if there is a specific reason. The answer is no, BTW. There is nothing about the "wireless" portion that wears. Can you do a self-test on this printer? Get it to print out a system status page? or test page on the unit itself?
 
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Printers do wear out, as does everything. Not an IT guru, but it sounds like a software problem. Look for updates...
 
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I had the same problem with my Lexmark wireless printer, took removing & reinstalling the driver to get it to work. Something is interfering, could be as simple as an antivirus or firewall problem.
 
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Try uninstalling the printer and reinstalling. Without being there, sounds like a problem on the operating system end, not the actual printer.
 
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Can you try it with a USB cable and see if it prints consistently with that? We have an older Canon Pixma MP250 printer we paid $35 for at Walmart about 8 years ago and it's still printing like a champ. It's not a wireless model, though. This printer has far out-lasted any other consumer-grade printer I've owned.
 
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I had a Cannon Pixma with same problem. I was sure it was a software problem. I removed and installed new software several times. I'm sure I tried other things as well because I'm as cheap as they come. Finally got an Epson that seems to work...for now.
 
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Originally Posted By: Rand
I went to a brother laser printer and haven't looked back.
Ya I went to an HP laser and won't get anything but a laser (brand matters not) again. Inkjets are OK if color is required, but if you let them sit between prints for any amount of time over a few weeks, you're just throwing away money. You WILL need a new ink cart, they're not designed to sit around. Lasers can sit for a year+ and when you finally need it the page comes out perfect. I got whining about a lack of color from the kids but if they really need color they can print at school...the laser is reliably there when it's needed every time.
 
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