Do you have a printer not working? Is your printer not working on its own? If yes, then this is the right time for you to do a little research about the problem that is causing the printer not to work. If it is due to the driver being faulty, then the best thing for you to do is to replace the drivers. However, if it is due to any other reasons like incompatible hardware, improper management, and so on, then you might have to do some troubleshooting. So, what are the things that you should do when your printer not working?
Troubleshooting starts with finding out the real cause behind the printer not working? There are several possible reasons behind such kind of problems. The first one is a hardware problem. The other one can be software related problems. Then there are problems with the network or the internet connectivity.
Let us see what are the common hardware problems that often occur to printers. The most common one is the bad power source. This can be caused by the bad plug in or even the bad voltage supply. This problem often occurs with the wireless printers. Then there are also the problems like the physical breakdown of the printer or the communication problems between the printer and the host machine.
Other than that, there are also some common software problems. Some of the problems like the printer not being able to recognize the document. Also, there are some printing problems like the background colors not being printable, and sometimes even some of the texts can not be printable. Then there are some compatibility problems like the printer, not recognizing the operating system of the computer.
But all these problems are temporary, as long as you can get into the troubleshooting mode. But sometimes, they cannot be resolved at all. In this case, you can consider checking for the printer driver. It is the device driver that will help you to print documents from your printer.
If you have a branded printer, then you are sure that the manufacturer has already provided the driver. In order to do this, just follow the directions that came with your printer. However, if you have an OEM model, then it might be a bit difficult for you. You will need to search the Internet to look for the right driver. But be careful, because there are also some drivers available online that are not certified by Microsoft and you might end up damaging your printer.
After finding the right driver, download and install the correct one. Just click on the “Download driver” and follow the instructions. Driver scan should also be performed. Driver scan will help to check if the driver is working properly or not.
Once your printer is updated, reboot your computer to ensure that the driver is working. This should solve your problem. However, if still you have not been able to fix your printer, then it is time for you to seek the help of a technician. A technician will be able to check your printer and replace the driver if needed. Do not worry about the cost since they usually offer their services at a very affordable price.
If still nothing has worked, then it is time for you to perform driver scan and repair your device. Driver scan will help you determine whether the driver needs to be updated or not. It can also detect and repair common errors found in your device. If this does not work, then the next thing to do is to check for possible errors in your Windows registry. Doing a registry check can help you resolve driver problems.
Cleaning up and repairing Windows registry can resolve your problem as well. First off, you need to back up your registry. You can use Windows registry cleaner software to help you clean up and repair your computer’s registry. It will help you keep your computer healthy and prevent system crashes.
If you have found any problems with your printer, make sure that you remove the hardware before you try to repair it. If you do not know how to completely remove the hardware, you can search online for tutorials. This will save you from doing a manual task that is often difficult and can damage your processor. After you have performed all of those tasks, it is time to restart your computer. Following these steps can solve your driver related problem and will also prevent any more from occurring.