Solutions to Fix Printer Communication Not Available Error


Seeing “Communication Not Available” error is the last thing everyone wants to see when they are trying to print. This is a common error that can happen to any brands, such as Dell, HP, Lexmark, and many more. Fortunately, we have the methods to fix printer communication not available error.

Below is the message that you will see when the error shows up:

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Solutions to Fix Printer Communication Not Available Error

Solution 1: Turn off your printer and reboot your computer. Turn on the printer again.

This solution may be a trick to solve your printer problem.

Solution 2:Stop and Start the windows print spooler

Follow these steps:

1. Press Win+R (Windows key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog will appear.
2. Copy and paste services.msc in the run box and click OK button.

3. Find Sprint Spooler from the Name list. Double-click on it to open the  Properties dialog box.

4. In “General” tab, click Stop button and OK button to disable the service.

5. Open the  Properties dialog box again. Click Start button and OK button to enable the service.

Solution 3: Uninstall Printer and Update the Driver again

The corrupted driver can be the cause of the problem. To resolve the problem, try updating the printer driver. Before that, uninstall the printer first.

Follow these steps to uninstall the printer.

1. Disconnect your printer.
2. Press Win+R (Windows key and R key) at the same time. A Run dialog will appear.
3. Copy and paste devmgmt.msc in the run box and click OK button.

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4.Locate your printer in the device list. Usually, it is listed under category Print queues. Right-click on the device name and select Uninstall on the context menu. (Note:if the printer has a Fax, uninstall the Fax before uninstalling the printer.)

Following screen shot is only for your reference. Different printer will show different name here.

5. Restart your PC for the change to take effect.

Connect the printer, and go to the printer manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver. Before you get started, please ensure that you know the printer model and the specific operating system.

If you have difficulty with downloading drivers manually, you can use Driver Easy to help you. Driver Easy can detect all problem drivers in your computer and give you list of new drivers. With Driver Easy, you can update the printer driver in several minutes.

If you connect your printer to PC through USB port, you can also perform steps below.

1. Open Device Manager.
2. Expand the Universal Serial Bus controllers branch.

3. Double-click the USB Root Hub device, and click the Power Management tab. (If there’s more than one USB Root Hub device, repeat these steps for each one.)

4. Turn off the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power option, and click OK button.

5. Reboot the computer.


Now, you should be able to print the document normally. We hope it helps you solve the printer communication not available error. If the error persist, you might consider to check the hardware. For queries and suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us or write in the comments box. Thank you for reading.

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