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Printer successfully pings but does not print

Posted on 2010-11-08
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I have installed a Brother HL-6050DN printer on to Windows Server 2008 Standard with the (only) driver from the Brother website.
The printer pings successfully and resolves to the correct node name.

When I opt to print a test page from the Print Server, nothing happens. Any suggestions please?
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by:coalnine
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Check your port settings in print properties.
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by:hdhondt
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Check that you don't have a duplicate IP address. Disconnect the printer from the network; if you can still ping the IP address after that, you'll need to give it a different one.
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Ok, little bit odd, having left it over night. I asked my colleague to check the settings (second pair of eyes and all that) and before doing anything else, he clicked to Print a Test page and it worked fine.
We have nothing that runs overnight on the server and previous devices have worked almost instantly. Very peculiar.

Does anyone have any experience with Brother Printers?
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hdhondt earned 500 total points
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I have used one or two, but no real experience. The brand should not make any difference though.

The fact that it works now could be explained by a duplicate IP: if a PC (using DHCP) gets the same address as the printer you're in trouble. When that PC/laptop is not connected or switched off you're fine. Of course my test will only help if that PC is connected, and as long as the DHCP server has not given it a different address.
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Completely overlooked duplicate IP idea. Many thanks.
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