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I have a laptop and a hp deskjet 2540 printer. I am unable

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I have a laptop and a hp deskjet 2540 printer. I am unable however to get the scan function to work - it is unable to find the printer. I have tried wireless and USB. I have downloaded the software and the printers wifi light is all showing good. Please help!
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Which version of windows are you using please?
Thank you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
How do I find that out please? I am using a asus laptop......thanks
Go here and it will tell you I can see you are a first time user to the site. What we do here is either a question and answer type of conversation or remote support where I would actually connect to the computer and have a look and attempt to fix the problem for you. Remote support can save a lot of time if you are not comfortable performing repairs yourself. Sometimes even with instructions you can make a mistake and make things worse. I will send an offer through for remote support and should you accept I will connect and see what is going on and fix the issue. Otherwise we can continue to talk like this but I will need to ask a number of other questions and try and walk you through some steps. Both options are 100% guaranteed by the way. Remote is just quicker and avoids the risk of you making a mistake and doing something wrong. If you want remote click get extra help. If not simply reply to me. Thanks, Richard
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It looks like windows 10??Sadly I am not in a financial position to upgrade the service offered here.....
ok, if it is windows 10, did it work before you upgraded to windows 10?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
My apologies I just saw the offer on the desktop for windows 10 - I have not upgraded to windows 10.I have windows 8.1 pro
ok... has the scanning worked for you before?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No and I can only print using a usb cable not wireless
ok, now press the windows key + R and type in mspaint and press enterThen click there on File, Scan and tell me what then happens.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
There is no option to scan
It is there, when you click File, you see From Scanner or Camera listed.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I can see it listed but it is shaded out as an option
And what exactly happens when you go to print?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It prints just fine wirelessly....
I just check the printer specifications and it is not a scanner, it is only a printer.
This is why you cannot scan, it is only for printing, not scanning.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is a scanner that's why we bought it - on the top of the printer itself it says 'print, scan, copy'
ok, then I have here the wrong model number
Can you give me the full model number again please as it may not have come through
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It is a HP deskjet 2540 all in one series
ok, I did get the wrong model number
I want to reinstall the drivers on the computer please.
Can you download them from my link below
It will download a file to your computer
Run this file and perform the installation which will also install the scanning drivers as these are missing.
Once done, restart the computer then go to MS Paint and tell me if the option is still greyed out please.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
This link just keeps looping. It shows on the bottom right of my screen saying 'opening'
However it will count down to less than 1 min and then just loop back to 20 mins over and over....
ok, I tested and the download is working and is straight from HP
Can you restart your computer and then try to download it again
Let me know if you have any difficulties please
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok it did download however this is the same install that I did this morning. I now a screen saying connect a USB etc. I have done this already a dozen times this morning with no result.
Ok but we dont know if you were using the right version of the file.
Can you please go through and complete this.
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