Don’t let printer problems ruin your day

We all want to give our printers a swift kick from time to time. How many times do you hit the “print” command just to watch as your printer sits quietly, ruining your day and your productiveness? Luckily for us, PCMag writer Tony Hoffman knows your pain. He recently composed a feature story surrounding some of the most common problems and fixes to your printer problems.

It Doesn’t Print

So, what happens if your printer won’t print? Hoffman advises first that you be sure that your printer is still connected to your computer. Sounds simple, but you’d be surprised. It is also possible that your printer’s driver could have been corrupted and needs to be reinstalled.

Low-Ink Warnings

Printer ink is pricey, and it seems that printers drink the stuff by the bucket. But what if your computer says to you that your printer is low on ink but you can continue to print? Hoffman says keep printing; warning levels vary widely in accuracy. You might as well suck as much ink out of your printer as you can.

Wi-Fi Issues

Many printers can print wirelessly through a Wi-Fi network. Sometimes, though, it takes a long time for your computer and printer to communicate. You might be able to speed things up by placing your printer as close as possible to your router. Make sure, too, that your router supports 802.11n and provides both the 5GHZ and 2.4GHZ bands.

Posted on: 09.25.13