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Printer hatred


I have this love/hate relationship with my printer.  First, I must say, it really is the best printer I have ever had as far as how well the printed pages and photos look.  I had an HP printer before that was a special (and expensive) photo quality printer but after I printed something (especially a photo) I could see horizontal lines in it.  When I really needed a scanner I just went to Walmart and picked up this Canon MG5220.  It was on a great sale and it is also wireless.  I really didn’t expect it to print so well since I didn’t pay that much for it and it is a printer/scanner/copier.  It does though and I love how wonderful and sharp the printed images look.

Well, that was until I decided to print last month and the box on my computer says it is “offline”.  I look over and it is on and smiling.  The first 10 times or so this happened I just turned it off, unplugged it (or this doesn’t work) and re-plugged, restarted and then it worked.  After that nothing seemed to work other than getting out that usb cable and connecting my computer to it.

Usually, I eventually found some kind of sweet spot accidentally and it just worked for a while.

Well, I just had some more problems with it and thought I would share in case anyone else needs the info.

I got a new laptop with windows 8 recently.  I had no problems at first and it automatically found my printer and I didn’t have to set it up at all.  It just printed – like magic :O)

It worked for a while until someone reset the wireless router.  After adding the new wireless password it printed once and then said it was offline again.  The trick that did work that time was to go to the devices and printers screen in control panel and make sure that work offline box is not checked.  It is just a check box at the top left corner on my computer.  After un-checking that box and restarting my computer it worked.

Then, my laptop updated to windows 8.1 and my printer wouldn’t work at all.  I checked and it wasn’t even installed and couldn’t be found.  After reinstalling it, it said it was “offline” and I was also getting this weird message telling me my printer can’t communicate or something and that I needed to enable Bi-directional support in the dialog box in the printers property screen…. which I couldn’t find.  Anyway, I did some searching and I found out that windows 8.1 doesn’t like my printer and my printer doesn’t like it…. and they were not talking to each other.

I downloaded the new driver that makes everything happy from Canon’s website.

I installed that and restarted my computer and it still said offline.  Finally I restarted my wireless router.  I really didn’t have a clue how to do that but it seemed like a good idea…. so I just pulled the power plug from the back and plugged it back in.

And now it works.

My laptop likes my printer and my printer likes windows 8.1.  I’m not so sure about it yet though.

If you have similar problems but have a different printer make sure and check the manufacturers website to see if they have a new driver you can install.  All I did was google my printer name and found it.

If this info helps just one person I’ll be sooooo glad because I was fighting with this for way too long.  Grrrr!



Garlic and Orange Blossoms


Spring must be right around the corner or something because I’m getting that itch to plant.  Out of the blue I got this urge to plant garlic.  I didn’t know if I could even grow garlic here in Fairbanks, Alaska where the temps dropped to around 50 below F a few times this winter.  I did some searching and finally found this article that actually pertained to Fairbanks.  Yes, I can grow garlic here!   I just have to get “stiff neck garlic” and need to plant it in the fall…… hmmmm.  Fall is too far away.  How about spring?  I think I’ll call the Cooperative Extension at the University on Monday to see what they say.  If I plant it in the spring and don’t get a good crop I should be able to leave them for next year.  I would think anyway…  I guess I will find out.

I also found out something else.  There are a few trees in my neighborhood that look similar to the choke cherry trees but they don’t bloom at the same time.  They bloom late summer/fall by my memory and they have these clusters of beautiful white blooms.  The blooms are larger than choke cherry trees and I have wanted one for several years now but no one knew what they were.  Actually, everyone thinks they know what they are but I always get a different answer.  Well in my garlic search I found an article about growing garlic in Anchorage.  It is quite a bit warmer in Anchorage so I knew the information might not be quite the same for us here, but, in this article they mentioned those trees and said they are called “Philadelphus coronaries” or “sweet mock orange”.  Now I have to find one!  I love white flowers!  I have a Pin cherry tree which is just like a choke cherry tree except the bark is a copper-red and they grow  taller.  It gets blooms just like a choke cherry in the spring.  I also have a may day tree which also has white flowers and a few different types of lilac.  I would love to have one of those beautiful sweet mock orange trees to put something pretty between me and my neighbor with the gazillion gorilla dogs.  Maybe then I can have company over for a backyard bbq and not worry about the smell of dog pooh from the neighbors yard.  This summer they better clean up better than last summer.

Anyway, I finally talked my husband into buying a new printer/scanner.  I really want to be able to scan my artwork to keep a copy for myself.  We actually got one for $66 at Walmart!  I couldn’t believe it.  It was on a great sale.  It’s wireless too so no more printer sitting on the floor!  That has been so annoying!  A few years back my husband bought a new big screen TV and since I also have a 55 gallon fish tank we had to do some major rearranging.  The corner computer desk got   moved to my son’s room and the TV stand amazingly still worked for the huge TV and it could also go in the corner.  The TV and the desk top computer merged into one and it has a media center so it works like Tivo.  So, that means my beautiful fish tank gets center stage in the living room but the printer had no where to go and nothing could fit in that small space.  Too bad we don’t have an inside wall to mount the TV on.  The living room and kitchen area is all open with vaulted ceilings which makes it feel bigger than it is.   Anyway, another bonus to having this new scanner/printer is that I now finally have color ink again…. after it is set up that is.  I also got a new wireless mouse for my laptop AND I installed it myself LOL  No computer geek needed!  You just plug the little do-hicky into a USB slot and it installs itself.  And yes, “do-hicky” is a word.

I did manage to swing by Michael’s on the way home and bought some new papers for my journal.  I was so tired of measuring and cutting 11 x 11 inch scrapbook paper.  This journal was supposed to be easy – one sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper cut in half makes two pages.  Well I was surprised when I looked at the individual sheets of scrapbook paper that they don’t carry much of that size anymore.  Most of it was clearance and UGLY with a capital UG!  I ended out lucking out and finding a huge pad of assorted pages in the right size and it was 50% off.  Yes!  This thing is about 2 inches thick, at least.  I also bought a few new Le Pens and gel pens.  I’m a happy girl.