nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Getting my printer to start

I have a Canon MX870, and it's basically satisfactory (aside from expensive ink and being slow to get begin printing), but it has fits of refusing to turn on.

I somehow found out that unplugging and replugging it would work.... except that recently it didn't.

I found this, and it suggested plugging the printer into the wall instead of a power strip.

This worked, which was a relief, but I'm left with two questions. Apparently, the failure to turn on unless you fiddle with it is a problem with a number of Canon printers. Can this possibly be a hard problem, considering that I've never had any other electrical device that suffers from it?

Is the electricity from the wall different from the electricity from a power strip? Should I give up on laws of nature? Or might it be that sometimes the printer needs to be unplugged and replugged a bunch of times, and having many alternative places to plug it in (I'd previously gotten good results by plugging it into different outlets on the power strip) means that I eventually achieve the magic number?

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