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Cannot communicate with the printer.


I just bought a PIXMA MG222O a few months back and i have recently updated my computer to window 8.1 and now my printer is saying Cannot communicate with the printer.
Turn Enable bi-directional support on in the printer's Properties dialog box. i did not find that anywhere in the printers properties dialog box. I researched and found that other people were having the same problem so i tried down loading what they did and mine is still not working. What can i do to fix this?



I, too, am having this same problem with my Canon MX710 printer, which I am using in wireless mode.  The message I get is:


           Cannot communicate with the printer.
           Turn Enable bi-directional support on in the printer's Properties dialog box.


Some of the time my document will then go ahead and print.  Other times I get a message that my printer is off-line.  Everything worked fine until I updated to Windows 8.1 a couple of months ago.  Does anyone know how to solve this problem? 


hi tlambert,


Please follow these steps to enable bi-directional support:


1.  On your keyboard, hold the Windows key and press " X ".


3.  Select DEVICES AND PRINTERS.  The Devices and printers window opens.

4.  Click your right mouse button on the listing for your printer, and then select PRINTER PROPERTIES from the menu that appears.

5.  In the printer's PROPERTIES window, select PORTS, then check the box for 'Enable bidirectional support'.

6.  Press the OK button to save the changes.


Hope this helps! 


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To be allowed to enter the change per the instructions, I found that I first had to click on the "Change Properties" button on the GENERAL tab.  Without this step, everything was faded out on the PORTS tab.  After clicking the "Change Properties" button, I was then able to check the box for "Enable bidirectional support" on the PORTS tab.  Now printing works perfectly!  After several months of encountering the communication problem, it is great to have it working properly again.  Thank you very much, Ramona!

Thank you Ramona AND THANK YOU "SP_prt" !!


I've had this problem for months now and the error keeps coming up on my desktop and my laptops using the wireless router.  I had followed Ramona's instructions and once into Printer Properties, via the the Control Panel, found that the "Enable Bi-Directional Support" option had already been checked - yet the problem wouldn't go away.

Once I followed the further suggestion from SP_prt, I found that the checkbox was clear - after going through the GENERAL tab and selecting "Change Properties".

P.S. This clears up yet another problem I experienced once upgrading to Windows 8.1 using a Windows 7 desktop.



I had to follow other steps but with the steps you provided anyone should be able to figure it out. Thank you so much as your post was extremely helpful. Thanks Ramona!

Thank you Ramona, worked a treat.
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