Printer not being detected by computer.

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My computer does not detect printer even though it is connected to the system and is receiving power from the outlet, how to resolve this problem?

Answered By 40 points N/A #187314

Printer not being detected by computer.



Some times when we have a new hardware device and we connect it to our system the system may not detect it or give errors like, “USB device not recognizable”.

This happen when the system does not have the necessary drivers installed for the device to function properly. In recent times windows devices or updates have tried to provide drivers for most new hardware devices through the windows update feature but sometimes a new devices or very rare devices do not have compatible drivers. You can follow these steps which may help you solve this problem:

  • The very first thing you could do is to check for a driver setup that may have come with your device, if it’s there then your problem is most probably solved. You just need to install the driver and you are good to go.
  •  If the first option doesn’t help you can try this, open the control panel in your system and select Hardware and sound option, next select the printer option. Next select the specific printer in the list and right click on it to open its properties. In the properties box click on the advanced tab where you click on the new driver option, complete the steps in add printer wizard and you are good to go.
  • The last resort you could go for is to visit the manufacturer website and then select your specific model and the OS you are running, hopefully it will redirect you to the driver download page. Download the driver and run it and you are done.
Answered By 574060 points N/A #187315

Printer not being detected by computer.


If you think your printer is working perfectly like the LED power indicator is active it’s just that it is undetectable to the operating system, I don’t think Microsoft Windows was completely unable to detect it. You probably just didn’t notice it on the system tray.

Normally, when you connect a printer to the computer using the USB cable, the operating system can detect it immediately and will pop-up a message informing you to install its driver. But there are times, no dialog box will appear. Instead, a message will pop-up on the system tray saying “USB Device not recognized”.

If you are busy with other things and you didn’t notice it, you would think that your printer was not detected. In this case, try inserting the USB cable to another USB port and verify that it is detected. If the message “USB Device not recognized” appears on the system tray, install the printer software. That should fix the issue and allow you to use your printer.

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