Jul
26
2012

Fix : Printer not working, Printing problems in Windows

After reading this post you will be able to fix some the problems with your printer or many sorts of problems that are producing  errors when your try to print a document in Windows.

Some of these problems involve :

  • You are unable to install a printer, connect to a printer, or print more than one job at a time
  • You receive an error indicating your Print Spooler service is experiencing problems
  • You receive an error indicating your <PRINTERNAME> is not the default printer
  • You receive an error indicating: <PRINTERNAME> cannot be contacted over the network
  • You receive an error stating that your Plug and Play printer %PRINTERNAME% has encountered a driver problem
  • You cannot Print in Internet Explorer (CLICK HERE)
  • Your printer shows as offline, even when it is turned on.

A few things to check :

  • If your printer is connected locally ( directly to your computer & not on a network), try checking the connection between your Printer & computer and make sure it’s not loose.
  • Check the cable connecting your printer and computer. Change if necessary, always keep a spare, change just to make sure the cable isn’t bad.
  • Follow the Printer Manual to make sure any error signal lights indicating a problem with printer are not lit. If they are check for problem associated with that light in the documentation that came with your printer.
  • Check for paper Jam/low cartridge.
  • If your printer is connected over a network, make sure your network is up and running. ( check Router/Access Point )
  • If you are using a print server to connect to the printer over a network, make sure the print server is working fine.
  • If the printer is attached to another computer over the network and then shared for users on a network, make sure the printer is printing directly on the system it is attached locally to.
  • Refer your documentation & press the printer demo print button to make sure that the printer hardware is working fine.
  • Make sure there are no print command in print queue that might be hanging the print jobs. To check, go to start menu –> Devices and printers –> double click your printer and check the print queue.
  • If you cannot print from Internet Explorer follow this guide, Click Here

Else,

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About the Author:

Shantanu is a Windows Enthusiast, a troubleshooter & a writer. He is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Expert - IT Pro from 2007. You can check out his other work @ www.shantanukaushik.com

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