What To Do To Fix Printer Problems
Listed here are some common printer problems and what to do to fix them.
Don’t see any paper popping out from printer? Paper jams are among the most common printer problems. It could have occurred because the paper tray is empty and needs to be refilled. If there is already paper in the tray, check for any “misfeed." Paper could have been stuck somewhere in printer. If the rollers are very dirty, this could also cause a paper misfeed. Make sure you are using the right size of papers in the paper tray. By the way, tweezers are very handy for pulling out a jammed page.
Important: Always pull out jammed paper in the direction of the paper path; pulling it in an opposite direction can damage the printer.
If the printer is not a printing clear picture or if the text is blurred, too, it means you should check the cartridge’s level of ink in it. An empty cartridge can be replaced with new one or be refilled. Note that some cartridge types cannot be refilled. Another reason for this could be the printing preference settings: the print density might have been set too low.
Most printers would warn you if the ink cartridge is low. If you use an old printer and it doesn’t indicate the error, the label on the cartridge may show you how to check the toner level.
Toner drums in laser printers usually don’t cause any major problems to the printing. However, they do need to be replaced periodically. Most modern printers will alert the user if drum has a problem.
A printer connected to a network may have various problems which may or may not be related to networking connectivity. In fact, network printer troubleshooting may relate more to networking than fixing the printer itself. Most popular problems with a network printer include inactiveness of the printer server or hardware problem such as faulty switch, loose connections, incorrect IP, DHCP or DNS settings, etc. Your network administrator is the best person to call upon for fixing network printer problems.
The printer head in an inkjet printer may need cleaning if the images print blurry. Many printers come with a utility that does this job itself. This job often includes cleaning as well as aligning of the printer heads. Consult the printer’s documentation to learn settings for this utility.
Printing unlimited copies
If you try to print one page but you see your printer making non-stop copies, it indicates that the pad or roller that separates the paper has worn out. It is available to buy separately and can often be installed easily.
This has nothing to do with real ghosts but it is a condition when a lighter copy of images also prints when an image is printed on paper. A very old drum in the printer could be a cause of this. It happens also if low voltage is supplied to the printer from the mains.