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Category: Printers
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Printer takes a time to connect and sometimes will not

Customer Question

printer takes a long time to connect and sometimes will not print. "printer not responding"
JA: What's the exact make and model of your printer, and can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: MFC-J6920DW
JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?
Customer: new
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: pretty much since I bought it.
JA: Anything else you want the printer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: previous document printed.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Electronics Pete replied 8 months ago.

Hi, I'm Pete. Welcome to JustAnswer! I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Electronics Pete replied 8 months ago.

How is the printer connected (USB, LAN, wireless....)?

Is only the one computer connected to it, or do you have any other computers connected to it?

Do you have any other printers connected to your computer?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
wireless connection. test confirms that it is connected. there are others connected, but not at the moment
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
MacBook running OS 10.11.6
Expert:  Electronics Pete replied 8 months ago.

Does it print any faster if you connect it with a wire?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
i have not tried
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
just hardwired with USB. still getting error message that printer is not responding
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
it started to print, but completed only 3 of 9 pages
Expert:  Electronics Pete replied 8 months ago.

Ok, this can happen if you try to send a very large file to the printer.

What size is the document that you are trying to send?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
1.7 MB
Expert:  Electronics Pete replied 8 months ago.

Can you try sending a smaller document, e.g. a few words on one page, and let me know if it prints quickly, or not?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I did. A Word doc. no problem.
Expert:  Electronics Pete replied 8 months ago.

Ok, and what is the file type of the 1.7MB file? Is it also a Word doc?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
no. it was a pdf