I don’t think this is unique to my setup because I had this same problem at work with a different printer. The issue is Win7, drivers and HP laser printers. The printer shows as offline and because there is no way to tell Windows it is online so it is impossible to print. Yes I’ve tried the troubleshooter and that is worthless. Ultimately the solution is to completely re-install the printer (and yes I have updated the driver off the HP site). BUT in a while the printer shows offline again and I can’t convince Win7 that it really is online.
So why is it doing this and is there any solution to the problem?