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Firefox Printer problem and solution

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posted on Jan, 23 2008 @ 11:04 AM
For some reason, Firefox started giving me an error when I tried to print out a web page, a simple crossword puzzle.

I tried the usual things, reconnecting the printer power cord and USB cable and rebooting. I still got the error.

Then I tried a test print with Windows Wordpad and it printed just fine.

Then I tired opening an IE tab within Firefox and it also printed OK.

After a quick search, I discovered the answer.

Type about:config in the FireFox location bar.

Scroll down to the item print.print_printer.

Right click and select 'reset'.

Printing should now resume as usual.

I have no idea why this happened. If anyone does know, I'd be interested.

Here's the way that line looks:

print.print_printer user set string EPSON

Disclaimer: Try this at your own risk. No guarantee of success, though it worked for me.

I've also had problems with the apostrophe mark ' causing the 'search box' to popup, consequently I couldn't type an apostrophe. Ended up with a similar fix, resetting the accessibility.typeaheadfind.flashBar. As far as I'm aware, I didn't make any changes which would cause this.


posted on Jul, 19 2008 @ 01:46 PM
Thank you! I haven't been able to printer directly from firefox for months. You solution fixed the problem in less than 30 seconds.

posted on Oct, 17 2008 @ 02:08 PM
I tried the fix that you identified. It worked perfectly. Been working on this problem for two days and once I found this article I fixed the problem in two minutes. Thank you so much for posting such great help.

posted on Dec, 10 2008 @ 02:11 PM
thanks! this worked to fix the error!

posted on Jan, 2 2009 @ 01:51 PM
reply to post by Badge01

Thank you! it worked for me, too.
Much appreciation!

posted on Jan, 13 2009 @ 08:18 PM
Good fix. it looks like the problem is for people who used a network printer and then moved their computer to a different location with a different printer. firefox is trying to find the original designated printer but can't, so it crashes. pretty lame

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