Tips for Troubleshooting Common Printer Problems

Common Printer Problems

Our relationship with the printer often goes from love to hate constantly. It is peripheral to which we demand constant fidelity and, especially, when we are in bad weather. However, it is not always possible that the printer is in good condition, especially if we use it a little. Over the years, the printer is the peripheral that gives us the most trouble, at home and at work. Hence, it does not hurt to make a list of solutions to frequent problems with the printer, from the most basic, but not least practical. And along with these solutions, it also pays a little patience and builds courage. Not because the printer smells our fear, but because in the worst case we will need external help.

Common Printer Problems

Our relationship with the printer often goes from love to hate constantly. It is peripheral to which we demand constant fidelity and, especially, when we are in bad weather. However, it is not always possible that the printer is in good condition, especially if we use it a little. Over the years, the printer is the peripheral that gives us the most trouble, at home and at work. Hence, it does not hurt to make a list of solutions to frequent problems with the printer, from the most basic, but not least practical. And along with these solutions, it also pays a little patience and builds courage. Not because the printer smells our fear, but because in the worst case we will need external help.

Reinstall the Printer

Another solution that we can apply if the printer ignores us when printing is to reinstall it in the operating system. That is, we delete the printer from the Windows or macOS Printers section and then we launch the wizard again to detect the printer again.

The process is relatively fast, so in a few minutes, we should have the peripheral connected and available to print again, this time without problems.

Maintenance Tasks

There are frequent problems that do not always have a solution. These are usually incorrect prints, either because lines are skipped or because print lines are not aligned properly.

In these cases, each manufacturer offers maintenance solutions through their own printing applications or software. Typical solutions are usually to clean the print heads or align the print heads.

Cleaning usually takes a few minutes, and by the end, the problem should be resolved. Aligning the heads is a more complicated process since it requires us to make decisions based on a pattern that we have previously printed.

If after performing these operations we are unable to resolve the printing problem and continue to print poorly, the only solution will be to contact the printer manufacturer’s technical support.

Ink Cartridges

Another frequent problem has to do with the absence of ink. Sometimes removing and replacing the problem cartridge helps resolve the problem. In other cases, the only solution is to change the cartridge.

Unfortunately, depending on the printer and the manufacturer, we will find obstacles that are difficult to solve on our own, such as that the printer only accepts official cartridges or that the heads are clogged.

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