Why does my HP printer not print after being turned off or going into idle?

Alex Picard June 11, 2010

I hooked up my printer to my network so that I can print from all my computers in my house. Whenever I turn off my printer or it goes “idle”, it won’t print anything until I re-install the printer on my computer. How can I print things out without re-installing the printer or getting a new one?

It’s a HP Photosmart 2610 all-in-one printer.

  1. CD Printing
    April 12, 2011 at 1:38 am

    It also works perfectly fine for me.

  2. Alex Picard
    June 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    It works, thanks a lot!

  3. Artur Wrona
    June 12, 2010 at 9:40 am

    From your description I'm guessing, that your HP is getting new IP every time it goes back online via DHCP service. In home network with few laptops and desktop computers they might change depending how many devices is powered up.

    You need to assign static IP for your printer, so whenever you switch it on computers will see it as the same network resource.

    Press Setup on your printer panel, then 8, 3, 2, OK, 2 then set the IP addres, mask and gateway (usually in home network enviroment, mask will be and gateway will be, but it may differ depending on your router configuration).

    If this won't help, then maybe this HP Software Upgrade will be of use to you


    Good luck, and happy printing ;)

    • Aibek
      June 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

      Hey Alex,

      Did you try the suggestion from Artur? Did it help?

      Let us know

    • CD DVD Printer
      October 13, 2010 at 6:39 am

      Thank you for sharing this! It works like a charm.