There are few things more annoying than a printer which refuses to start printing, or stops printing when the job is only half done. There are several things which might cause the printer to malfunction; these include both printer and ink cartridge malfunctions. The key thing to remember in these situations is to remain cool and unruffled because often the solution is far simpler than people might think. If everything else fails just Google the problem, or visit a relevant online forum because the chances are there will be a solution.
Usually when a problem occurs an error code will appear on the printer’s display panel. These codes will cover such faults as the paper jamming, a low ink cartridge, or problems with the printer’s roller. This is an ideal way to discover why the machine is malfunctioning, providing the user knows what the code means. Different models of printer may well have differing error codes, relating to such things as paper jams and problems with ink and cartridges. These codes will usually be listed in the manual as well as the manufacturers website so you can find out exactly what the error code means.
If a list of error codes for the particular printer is not to hand then, once again, Google may be able to come to the rescue. It is then just a case of finding the make and type of the printer on Google, together with the relevant code. For example, say you have a HP printer that is displaying the error code “50.4 PRINTER ERROR”, type this and the printer model number in to the manufacturers website or your preferred search engine.
If there is an error it may also flash up on the computer screen. This may happen if the ink in the cartridges is low. This is often an early warning, so it may still be possible to continue printing. Once the problem has been identified it is then a case of dealing with it. If, for example, the printer does not start printing, it should be checked first that the printer is connected to the power supply as well as the computer.
It could also be a problem with out-of-date software, or the driver. Drivers are often a source of much frustration when it comes to printers, it can be a pain to find the correct up to date drivers, and even when you do, it’s not uncommon for the correct and updated drivers to fail miserably.
That being said, re-installing an up to date driver can also be the solution to many printer problems and it’s easy enough to check this by simply going to the manufacturers website (for example HP) and finding the latest driver.
Ink & Toner
Ink cartridges and toner cartridges can be the source of many printer issues, the main one of-course being that they are empty. If your printer won’t print, always check this first, some printers will not print at all if just one of the cartridges is empty.
Something to remember is that cartridges don’t always last forever, in fact most cartridges have an expiry date, past which the ink inside them can start to deteriorate, even if still in the packaging.
Cartridges that have been left inside your printer for a long period of time can also possibly dry up, in some cases, rendering them useless. There are ways of preventing this though: If you have a set of cartridges in your printer and you do not use them often enough, print out a test page every now and them to keep them going.
Paper jams are another common problem. If you think that you have a paper jam, then the first thing to do is check if your printer has a button to release the paper, possibly a button labelled “feed”, this will exercise the rollers of the printer and hopefully push out any craps of paper inside. If “feeding” did not sort the issue, the printer casing may have to be opened, this must be done with care, making sure that the printer is powered down first. If you do see a piece of paper stuck once opening the casing, make sure to always pull the paper in the direction that the printers rollers naturally role, so you do not break them.
Author Bio:- The author of this post, Kyle, works for an online ink retailer. He writes blogs on many subjects, but has the most experience writing technical printer articles and design related posts.