Printer Not Working? Six Things to Do to Fix It by David Gaines

Before you go pay someone to fix your printer, here is a list of things you can do if your printer is not working. Sometimes it is the simplest things which cause the printer to stop working and the simplest things which cause it to start working again. Here are six things you need to do.

1. Plug the Printer into the Computer

Make sure the printer is properly connected to the computer. Unless it is a wireless printer, follow the printer cable from the printer to the computer. Firmly press the cable into the computer or laptop to secure the connection.

2. Plug the Printer In

Plug the printer into the power source. If the power source is a surge protector, then you need to make sure the surge protector is plugged into the wall. Then make sure the surge protector is turned on. Generally, you can make sure the surge protector is turned on by the LED light.

When you turn the printer on, you should hear a series of beeps as the printer sets. Additionally, you should hear the printer cartridges move across the printer and the paper should attempt to load.

3. Put Paper in It

Sometimes the problem is it just ran out of paper. Put paper in the paper tray and press the load button.

4. Print a Test Page

Most printers come with software that gives you the ability to print a test page, read the instruction booklet to determine how to print a test page. The test page should have diagnostic and troubleshooting tools to determine printer problems. It will help you with vertical and horizontal alignment along with other formatting issues.

5. Compatibility with Your Computer

While most printers will work with both Macintosh and PCs some printers will not. Check to make sure your printer will work with your computer. Additionally you will need to check the compatibility with your version of Windows, this is especially true if you have a new printer and an older version of Windows such as Windows XP or older. The minimum system requirements will be listed on the printer box and the user manual.

6. Update the Drivers

If everything else is working, then you may need to update the drivers. You can do this manually or automatically.

To update manually:

Download the driver
Go to the printer manufacturer's website
Locate the drivers for the specific printer for your computer's operating system
Download the driver to a location you can remember
Install the driver

Click Start
Click Control Panel
Click Printers
Right Click Your Printer
Click Update Drivers
Follow Onscreen Instructions

To update automatically:

Updating automatically is much easier with driver update software. With driver update software, in just minutes your printer drivers will automatically update and install without you having to look for them. In fact, all the drivers on your computer will update without you having to search for them. In under two minutes, your printer will be working again.

DriverBoost is guaranteed to fix a printer not working with the correct and most up-to-date driver for each and every device driver on your system.

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