error message/add paper or out of paper

when i have computer on and then want to print something on a canon bj250 color printer with a 486dx4 computer  it gives me an error message that i need to add paper or i am out of paper, i have paper in o.k.//if i go all the way out and shut down printer and computer ,then come back online it will print with no problems. is something wrong or do i always have to turn on my printer first before i bootup?
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mark2150Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, turn the printer on first so it's ready to go when the computer checks it to see if it's alive.

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bowie92Author Commented:
mark/ i tried it twice both ways today and it seems to work o.k.
when i turn it on first and let it on for the duration//thanks
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