|Are you sure it has toner left in the cartridge ?|
Have you tried re-seating the toner cartridge ?
Do you have the USB to printer port adapter plugged into a USB port it should work with properly ?
Troubleshooting USB device problems
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The most common reason a printer does not work properly other than there's a problem with the printer or it has a toner or ink cartridge problem is you DID NOT install the software for it properly.
You must use Add a Printer to install the software for a parallel connected printer because the printer itself is not PnP detectable.
Windows has many drivers for parallel connected printers built into it.
In that case, when you use Add a Printer, and if your Brother model is listed when you manually look at the list of printers, Windows will install the correct drivers.
If your model is NOT listed,
- sometimes you can pick a similar model and the drivers for that will work fine
- if that doesn't help, then you must get the proper software installation for your printer model, and install it properly.
DO NOT install drivers for a printer when Found New Hardware pops up, unless you find specific installation directions that say that's okay !.
Run the proper software installation program.
If the Brother site does not list Vista or Windows7 drivers, then
go here and type in the model:
Windows 7 Compatibility Center
If your model, or model series, is listed, then Windows 7 has the drivers built in, it's just a matter of choosing your model or model series or another model that works with the same drivers.
E.g.recently someone was looking for Windows 7 drivers for a Canon BJC-1200SP printer.The Canon site has no drivers listed for BJC- 1200SP - drivers for the BJC-1000 series work with it - no Vista or Windows 7 drivers listed.
The Windows 7 Compatibility Center lists drivers for the BJC-1000 (series), so they're built into Windows 7 .