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OhanaSmall05
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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281cdw documents show to print in the queue but never actually print

HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281cdw
macOS 10.14 Mojave

About 50% of the documents sent via wifi to my Color LaserJet Pro MFP M281cdw show to complete in the queue, but never print. To be clear, it's not that they are stuck in the queue, they just disappear without printing. I can't see any pattern to when a document will print and when it won't. On our laptop (Mac OSX running High-Sierra), the document shows in the print queue (searching for printer, sending document, print complete, empty queue). This same thing occurs just about as often when printing from a mobile device (No error message, but also no print). It has happened often that a certain document will do the disappearing thing, but I can immediately print another document from the same device without changing any settings.  I have tried several times to .pdf the problematic documents, but the .pdf behaves exactly the same (shows to print in the queue, but never prints).  The behavior doesn't seem to be specific to any application - MS Word, Pages, emails, Safari, Chrome, etc.

 

I have restarted everything several times (Modem, Router, Laptop, iPhone, Printer). I verified that the printer firmware is up to date. I have deleted and reinstalled the print driver on the laptop several times. I verified that all devices are recognized on the network and that there are no IP conflicts. Despite all of this, the problem has persisted for several months.

 

Though I can't see a clear pattern in the type of document that will or will not print, there are some that will never print. For instance, if I open a new document in Pages using the certificate template, it will not print.  The problem does seem to happen more often with graphics heavy documents, but not every document with large graphics produce the problem. And not every document that disappears has graphics in it. Documents that won't print seem to print easily and quickly on our older Brother printer from the same devices.

 

Anyone had this happen and found something that will help? Any help would be appreciated.

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@OhanaSmall05, Welcome to HP Support Community!

 

Ensure that the printer is up to date with its firmware and Mac is up to date with its software. If you are unsure you may use the links below to update the printer firmware and Mac software:

Update printer firmware

Update software on Mac 

 

 

Remove and add the printer

Click the Apple menu, and then select System Preferences.

Depending on your operating system version, click Print & Fax, Print & Scan, or Printers & Scanners.

Click the name of your printer, click the Minus sign, and then delete the printer.

 

Select printer and click the minus sign

Click the Plus sign, and then click Add Printer or Scanner.

Click the Use or Print Using box, and then select AirPrint

 

Select AirPrint from the Use menu

 

Click Add to add the printer to the list.

Try to print.

 

Keep me posted for further assistance.

 

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Thanks for the response. As stated in my original post, I have done all of the steps outlined in your response. The printer is still problematic. In particular, I tried printing a two page .pdf. The first page which is mostly text prints fine, but the second page, which is most images, will not print.

 

To recap, I verified the firmware is up to date and have deleted and reinstalled the driver on the laptop again. Still not working.

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@OhanaSmall05

 

Create a new user account on your computer and add the printer.

Try printing.

 

Keep me posted for further assistance.

 

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Hi, I've been having the same problem.  Did you ever get any good advice on this?  I'm ready to return this printer ASAP

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No, Since the problem started just beyond the warranty period, HP is not willing/able to help with this the problem. So I have a very expensive paper weight.

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