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How to Make Your “Offline” Printer “Online” (Windows XP)

Regardless of the operating system, one of the most common printer issues I have encountered on forums is a printer showing as being “Offline” in error. The reason for this happening are numerous and range from the lack of a physical connection, to drivers issues or even electronic faults within the printer. Regardless of the cause an “Offline” printer message can usually be solved by following some simple steps. This...

How to Make Your “Offline” Printer “Online” (Windows Vista)

Computers using Windows Vista often have problems recognising a connected printer for several reasons and list it as “Offline” in error. Communications problems are particularly prevalent in instances where the printer has been networked, but can also occur due to issues with a physical connection or even the drivers used. Whatever the case there are simple steps that can be taken to resolve it. This guide covers printers by...

Pages printing out blank? One or more colours missing?

A common problem for users of inkjet printers is blank pieces of paper being spat out by a printer when coming to print important documents. Contrary to what you may think, this is most often the result of ink not being able to flow from a printhead of the cartridge/printer and not an electronic or mechanical fault from the printer itself. In some cases you may find that it is just a handful of colours that are missing or even just stripes or...

How to Make Your “Offline” Printer “Online” (Windows 7)

A common problem for printer users is finding that their computer thinks a printer is offline, when it is clearly on and ready to print. This is caused by a communication error between your PC and printer. Normally it will be something as simple as a cable coming loose at one end or a knock-on effect from a paper-jam. However a printer appearing as “Offline” in error can be down to problems with your printers driver or software...

“CHANGE DRUM SOON” message after changing a Brother DR3000 Drum Unit

To print using your Brother laser printer you will need both a toner cartridge and a DR3000 drum unit. Changing the toner cartridge in your printer is simple and your printer checks out key parts of the toner cartridge to determine how full or empty it is. It is however a very different story when it comes to replacing a DR3000 drum unit and your printer will need to be told a new drum has been installed so that it can reset a counter...

Drum LED still flashes after changing a Brother DR3000 Drum Unit

In addition to a toner cartridge your Brother laser printer also requires a DR3000 drum unit to print. When you change toners your printer can tell when a new one has been installed by checking key points of the cartridge. It is not possible however for your printer to do this with a DR3000 drum unit and your printer requires a prompt to reset its internal counter that estimates the life of a drum unit. If left un-reset the drum LED light will...

How to the Reset Purge Counter on a Brother Printer (With a Numerical Pad)

The ‘Unable to Clean: Machine Error 46′ message prevents you from printing on your Brother inkjet printer. It is especially frustrating when you realise there no reason why you can’t carry on printing other than this message. Continue reading to find out what makes me say this and how you can rid yourself of this error. This guide will deal specifically with Brother inkjet printers that have a number pad on the front of the...

How to the Reset Purge Counter on a Brother Printer (With a Touchscreen)

In this guide I am going to show you how to clear the ‘Machine Error 46: Unable to Clean’ error message on the majority of Brother inkjet printers that have a touchscreen. If your printer does not come with a touchpanel then please check out our other guides for printers that come with a numerical keypad and those that come without as the methods of clearing the message are different. Before we start I would like to make you aware...

How to Reset Purge Counter on a Brother Printer (Without Numerical Pad)

This guide should be used to clear instances of the error message ‘Machine Error 46: Unable to Clean’ that will be presented to Brother Printer users when the machine estimates that the waste ink sponge may have become full. Due to the specific steps necessary this method of resetting a purge counter is not applicable to Brother inkjet printers that have a touchscreen or feature a numerical key pad on the front of the printer. Please ensure...

SSD, The New HDD

Solid State Drives (SSD) in recent years, have become increasingly cheaper making them affordable to the general consumer. Although SSD’s have been around since the 1950’s, they have until now, remained outside mainstream retail computing. This is mainly due to their high price and low capacity compared to conventional Hard Disk Drives (HDD). Fundamental Differences A current SSD with the fashionable “Aggressive” look....

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