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How to Repair Printer

If you own a printer, you must have faced some technical issues thatmight have prevented you from getting the best out of it. Here are someof the common printer issues:

- Printer spooler service not running
- Paper jam issue
- Power cable issue
- Cartridge not working
- Paper rolling out of printer completely blank
- Printing result is not up to mark
- Driver failure

About 90 percent of printer problems are related withinterface/configuration mistakes and special effects errors. Chances ofany mechanical errors are very rare.

Interfacing and configuration issues arise when there is some problemin networking and you may get error like, printer is not found. Thereare two possible reasons, it may be not be getting identified by youroperating system or there may be compatibility issue related withhardware. Please follow the following steps:

Step1. Cross-verify your USB cable, which is used for connectingprinter to your computer. You must replace it if there is any damagecaused to it.

Step 2. Make sure that your printer is being identified by yourcomputer. From the main menu of Windows, choose the "Printers andFaxes" option and follow the steps to add your USB printer.

If even your printer is not recognized by your computer, then itreflects your printer software may is corrupted. Hence, you need todownload it from manufacturer’s website or from a CD.

Finally, check by changing the setting of your printer to default status.
Here are some of the problems that you can fix on your own:

Paper jam: Usually it happens when more than one sheet of paperstuck in the printer. You can gently lift the cover of your printer andpull them out.

Ink level: Check the level of the ink in your cartridge and refill it asap.

Clogged cartridges: This is the most common fault, when yourcartridge head is clogged with dry ink. You can repair it with simplecommand as: Control Panel> Printer>Right Click>Properties>Maintenance> Clean Cartridges.

Driver failure: You can check your device manager, if there isany conflict related with driver it will get reflected as exclamationmark. It shows there is some fault in printer driver and it needs to bereplaced. You can make a clean install of your driver.

Alternatively, you can choose to update your printer driver as:"Control Panel > Printers > Right Click > Properties >Update Driver"

Now, you must have understood that most of the problems can beaddressed easily at user’s level without calling any technician.However, you can also avail services from some tech support provider to repair printer.

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