General Printer Troubleshooting (2)
Solve Your Printer Issues
Printing has many issues and you have to be aware of many problems that you may face in printers. That’s why Kayan do an effort to teach you the general printing troubleshooting steps.
Printer Self Tests
A printer test page allows you to check if the printer is working. It is accomplished by holding down a series of keys. You can also perform software self-test to determine if the computer can see the printer and it’s able to print.
Follow the below steps:
- Open the Control Panel.
- Click or double-click the Printers, Printers and Fax, or Devices and Printers icon.
- Right-click on the printer you want to test and select the Properties or Printer Properties option. If you do not see your printer listed, your printer is not installed.
- In the printer’s Properties window, click the Print Test Page button.
- If the printer can print a test page, your printer is installed and set up properly. However, if you are unable to print in other programs, the program you are attempting to print from likely has issues.
- Avoid blurry text and images
Blurry text and images
Clean your printer heads. You can access most printer maintenance options by choosing print from any window and clicking on the properties menu located next to the name of the suitable printer.
Choose the maintenance tab and find the options to check nozzles. If the lines that print are blurred or broken, select the print head cleaner icon to clean away dried ink, dirt and dust.
Printing Takes Too Long
High-resolution images have more data for your PC and printer to process, which can cause slow print times. If you’re not looking for gallery quality, select draft, standard or normal mode for office documents. For presentations or formal pieces switch your setting back to high-quality.
Switch from two-sided to simplex mode. You’ll use more paper but one-sided printing takes considerably less time.
Parallel (LPT) printers
If the printer you’re connecting to the computer is an LPT (parallel port) printer, we suggest verifying the below settings if your printer is not working.
- Enter the computers CMOS setup.
- Once in CMOS, verify that your parallel port is enabled or installed.
- Next, verify the printer or parallel port mode. If your parallel port is set to ECP mode, we suggest trying a different mode.
Finally, if you have a parallel printer with other parallel devices, such as a parallel scanner or zip drive, temporarily disconnect these devices to verify they are not causing issues with your printer.