Printer Troubleshooting Tips

Printer troubleshooting should always be done by a professional, however simple problems can be solved with very little efforts. In this post I would like to share some tips which I have found very useful.
Check the simple stuff first
The first thing you want to do when you cannot print is to verify the simple stuff. Check the cable connections, power etc. Visually check the printer itself, make sure that the printer in "online". If you have selected wrong paper size while sending the print, it may fails to print.
Paper Jams
Another type of problems that occurs a lot is paper jams. If you experience a number of paper jams over and over again, then you may want to verify that you are using the correct type of paper for the printer Some printers are designed for a specific type of paper so it will not work on other types.
Every printer has its maintenance cycle. If your printer has reached the limit, you may need to replace some parts like feeding rollers etc to avoid paper jamming. Check the documentation of you printer and verify this issue.
Garbled or Corrupted output
If you experience corrupted output or any type, it is possible that the driver has gone corrupt or that you have wrong driver installed. Some types of documents need PCL drivers,check if your printer supports PCL.
one of the best ways to find out if you have a bad driver or if the application you are printing from is causing the problem is to print a test page. To print a test page go to the Control panel, Printers and Faxes, Right click the printer, choose properties, and click "Print test page".
If test page is not printed correctly than you should try to reinstall the driver.
Slow Printing
Many printer have spooling option. This function saves the print jobs to hard disk in a queue before
sending them to the printer. Consider spooling as the traffic
controller of printing—it keeps all the print jobs from trying to print
at the same time.If spooling is disabled you may face slow printing. Check the properties of the printer and ensure that it is enabled.

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