Having your own printer is sure to bring you more ease and practical ways to provide yourself with documents which need to be made in hard copies. You can find various brands on the market, but the popular ones would be the likes of HP, Lexmark, Canon, Brother, Epson, and Samsung. These are the people’s choices when it comes to multifunctional printers and are always come first when it comes to find a printer on the internet. But sometimes, even the better brands would have encountered some errors during their operations. You can always bring them to the nearest printer store and check for damaged printer parts or printer software, but it will be better if you could handle the troubleshooting yourself so that you won’t have to add additional cost to your monthly expenditure. Here are how you troubleshoot your printer:
Check if it’s been prepared properly
Looks simple but this is what cause the malfunction the most. More people are not aware if they are accidentally trip over the printer cables, plug it in the wrong port, or not feeding the paper properly. You need to do if there is no technical errors that will cause the printer to not functioning normally. If you find any cables or components that are not plugged in properly, then make sure to properly set them up before you can start printing again.
Check if you have selected the printer you want
If you have multiple printers connected to your PC, then you would have several choices of printers ready to use. Sometimes, you just selected the printer which is not currently active. In this case, your print job will not be done at all and there will be error messages on your screen.
Check if the process is uninterrupted
Shared printers are handy, you don’t have to buy several printers and save huge cost for your office. But there is one problem, that several users have the same access to the printer, that means a user might stop a printing process. This can be done without asking permission from the one who has the printer plugged in his/her computer. Then you must open the printing queue and make sure that there is no one interrupting your print job. If your print job is stopped, then there must be someone interrupting.
Check if the connection is working properly
The one that unites your whole office is the connection between computers. If the connection is unstable or even interrupted, then you won’t be able to use the printers. You can always use the printer utility to print a test page and check if the connection is still stable, so if you can’t print anything that means that there is a problem with the connection.
Those are the first thing you can do if there is a problem with your print job, but if the problem is on the hardware, you might need some printer parts from nearby stores which sell printer supplies and similar.