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Macintosh OS/brother 2040 printer problem with my Mac


I have OSX 10.8.3. Have just encountered a problem with my trusty old Brother HL-2040 printer:

The previous job seems to be 'stuck'. Trying to print a new job, the previous job printed again, and the new job did not print. I tried to cancel the previous job using the 'x' that appears next to it in the printer 'log'. When I do this, I get a message saying:

<Unable to delete “ING DIRECT.”

Job #91 is already canceled - can't cancel.>

What can I do??!

Many thanks, Janet


The easiest thing that I do when I have printer problems is to 'remove' the printer in OSX preferences and add it back.
Apple's technote on adding/removing printers:

If you like, you could try this first -

See this:
All this requires is opening the terminal and typing "cancel -a -" (no quotes.)

Let me know if that helps!

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