Printer Does Not Print Properly
Printers are some of the most awesome machines when they work, but come the time they start going on the fritz, you could not find more annoying things to deal with, especially in an office setting. The most common problems with printers involve clogged nozzles and other issues, which can all leave you unable to print things the way you wanted to. Your printer could run reliably for years before it served up problems of this sort, which could range anywhere from a slight malfunction to outright disrepair.
A lot of the times, the problem can be traced back to under- or even overuse. A lot of people these days are unfamiliar with inkjet printers and that leads to plenty of problems involving dried-up ink which blocks the nozzles. Misuse is more common than overuse—you can have hair bands, paper clips, and even bits of food fall in and cause jams.
If you want to fix your issue of a network printer not printing, then like most PC-related problems, this too needs to be dealt with beginning from the basics. The first order of business is making sure the printer is powered on, and that it has a supply of paper in the tray. If you are using an inkjet printer, you will also need to check the ink. After that, ensure the printer is connected rightly to the PC or device you have chosen to print from.
- If proper printing is still not happening, then check to see if the machine is showing up in offline mode on the PC. For a Windows PC, you need to go to Start, and then Printers and Faxes.
- Locate the printer you are trying to run, and see to it that it says Ready or has a green check mark underneath. If you see it grayed out or saying Offline, then right click it and choose Use Printer Online.
- If there are multiple printers installed, ensure that you have selected the right one as the default, by right clicking it and choosing Set as Default Printer.
- Print a test page to check out how well the configuration works, by right clicking the printer, and picking Properties and then Print Test Page under the General
The above steps may not always work, and when they do not, you have us to call. We can help you fix any and all problems on printers set up with Windows computers. Whether it is your hardware acting up or the lack of the right driver which is causing your printing operations to go haywire or fail to initialize, we can diagnose and resolve the issue for you in minimal time, and with stellar efficiency. In other words, if your printer does not print right, then we can turn that around for you.
Printer Error Messages
Whenever you are unable to print something, chances are you would jump to an early conclusion that your printer is to blame for the issue. However, there are some software problems which can have the same effect, and which can be resolved through proper troubleshooting. That last bit we can perform on your behalf, but you will want some idea of the things which may be keeping your print job from initializing, or keeping your printer printing blank pages. The five main printer error messages are as follows.
- Printer Offline: This means the printer is currently turned off or that it is acting that way as far as your PC is concerned.
- Invalid Printer Handle: The means your printer has failed to process the job, or that you lack the network permissions to print using it.
- Printer System Error: This means the printer is unable to process the job, or that you lack the network permissions as mentioned earlier.
- Printer Unknown Error: This means you have a general malfunction to deal with.
- Printer Access Denied: This means your printer needs security permissions which it does not have, so that it can print.
- Invalid Printer Name: This is less frequently seen by PC users, and usually stems from the fact that their printer has been installed in a name containing one of the exclamation point, backslash, or double quote symbols.
How to Rename Your Printer
This is a fairly simple thing to do, and should be finished after you have performed the following steps.
- Go to the Start menu and pick Control Panel.
- Choose Printers, then Devices and Printers, or Printers and Faxes. This should open up the Printers window for you.
- Locate your printer and right-click it, and then choose Rename. Make sure the new name you give the printer does not have the aforesaid symbols. Hit Enter and the new name will get saved in place of the old one.
Whether you wish to get rid of an error message that keeps popping up each time your print, or one that keeps you from printing altogether, you have the option of troubleshooting things yourself. A better bet is calling us to help you fix the issue for you. We can bring real-time troubleshooting and issue resolution after you get in touch with us through phone, email, or live chat.