How to Fix Your Printer: The Most Common Issues

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7/12/2015 by

One of the reasons for having a household printer in the first place is self-sustainability. You might need to print things, a lot of things, so you probably figured out just how much more convenient (not to mention more affordable) is to get a printer of your own. However, every once in a while something will go wrong. At this point it will seem as if all you initial problems are now back up to several times worse. Luckily, there is no need for desperation since some of the most common printer issues can be easily fixed. This way, your beloved printer is back to work in no time and your self-sufficiency remains undisputed.

  1. Flimsy paper tray

Problem: Unfortunately, it has been noticed that even some of the most renowned names in household printer industry sell devices with defective or low capacity paper trays. This means that even if you can clearly see a Ricoh, Dell or Xerox logo this is no guarantee of quality as far as trays are concerned. Do not allow your printer to “steal” from you.

Solution: When you already make a purchase there is not much you can do actually. This is why you need to keep both your eyes open before you make up your mind for a printer. There is not much you can see at first, but if it appears too small for your needs or if it seems as if it will break after the first sideswipe, go for another model.

  1. Windows 7 and multiple printers

Problem: Some of the Windows 7 users reported that once they moved to this OS, software kept sending the printing order to the wrong printer. The greatest problem is that if you have more than one printer, your computer will set one of them as default on random.

Solution: Seeing as this problem is of software nature, the solution is quite simple. Just click on your start button and look for Devices and Printers. Click on Devices and Printers and you will be able to see all the devices that are currently hooked up on your computer. Simply right click the device you want to use and select Set as default printer from the falling list.

  1. Ink is too expensive

Problem: One of the most common issues with household printers is the fact that they are not “wallet-friendly”. When asked about printers, most people find the device itself to be quite affordable. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for its toner.

Solution: In order to make your personal printing endeavor really sustainable it would be best to do some research and find the most affordable toner price. There are different kinds of toners and saying that they are all expensive would be nothing more than common generalizing. Browse a bit and find a reliable provider since this will definitely be worth your while.

  1. Speed of printing

Problem: Sometimes, the greatest issue with the printer in question will be the fact that your printer is simply not fast enough.

Solution: When this happens, all you need to do is lower the quality of printing on your computer. Go to Print and Properties on your computer and switch to lower quality. Although the quality of print will no longer be as satisfactory, the speed of printing itself is bound to improve.

  1. Wireless is slow

Problem: On the other hand, your speed issues do not necessarily need to be connected to quality. Sometimes the issue in question is caused by your wireless connection to the printer.

Solution: Even though we like to brag how everything in 21st century is getting wire-free, the truth is that when it comes to performance nothing beats a common Ethernet-cable-to-router connection. You could find some Wi-Fi printers that could parry the speed of this solution, but they usually cost an arm and a leg.

In the end, as you can see most of these problems are solvable in a matter of minutes if not seconds – all you need is to know how. By learning just these few simple tricks both you and your partner will be set for a long, long time.


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