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MacBookPro sees my printer's new IP address but sends to the old one

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We had a power outage for a couple of days. When the computer system came back up, the WIFI IP address of my Brother printer was changed to192.168.0.100. It had been all that but ending in 101.


I went to System Preferences and made the change. I even added the printer at the new IP address and deleted the printer at the old one. All that worked just fine.


But when I try to print, the printer icon that loads in the Dock has the OLD 101 IP address, and nothing I'm able to do will change that. I tried rebooting. I tried shutting down, unplugging, removing the battery, holding down the start button. Nothing worked. The only printer the print command will summon is the old one not found in system preferences but evidently stuck somewhere in OSX.


Ho do I flush out the old printer IP setting if it no longer exists in system preferences?

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    Hi, you can set the IP on the Printer to if you like, or...


    Mac OS X: About the Reset Printing System feature ...



    10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8 instructions...


    In System Preferences>Fax & Print, Right click or Control+click on the Printers list Sidebar, choose Reset Printing System.

    if you hold option and click the "-" tab it resets the printing system.



    Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions.


    Any devices that previously appeared in your Printer List and Fax List will need to be added again after resetting the printing system.

    Resetting the printing system in Mac OS X 10.5.x+++

        1.    To use the Reset Printing System feature in Mac OS X 10.5.x, follow these steps:

        2.    Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu.

        3.    Choose Print & Fax from the View menu.

        4.    Control-click on list of printers on the left side of the window, then choose "Reset printing system" from the contextual menu. If you don't see a list of printers, Control-click on the text "Click + to add a printer or fax" and select "Reset printing system..." 
  As an alternative, if you currently have one or more printers listed, you can Option-click the "-" (Remove printer) button.




  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)

    Great news, good work, thanks!


    The Router will assign IPs in order to the first devices to request them, likely after the outage the Printer was up & requesting an IP before the Mac was.


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