Question about HP LaserJet 1200 Printer
Ok if it is able to print the test page we know that the problem is either going to be a cabling issue a driver issue or a printer port problem. I'm going to assume that this is the printer test page not the test page that windows would start.
The first thing to check is the cable. Make sure it is properlly inserted in both ends.
Check your operating system to see if it is trying to print to the correct printer and type. In windows you can look under printers and faxes and see what printers are there. The 1200 should be there and it should be set to be your default printer. If it is set as the default then you should see a checkmark. If it isn't check marked and you don't select to print to it then it will try to print to the one that is default usually a fax. Right click again and open the properties window. There should be a test page button. If your connection are right the printer will print a test page.
There should be a connections tab, if you look there then it should show the connection type. If it is a printer port it will show as printer port, if it is usb then it will show as local port. If those are correct then we next need to look at the port to see if they are working.
We can look under control panel to see if the printer port and usb ports are working. If this is a usb printer the easiest way is to stick another usb device into the port. We would also want to try the printer in a differant port. So you want to change it and then see if it is talking yet so try to print a test page from the printer driver tab. Don't just try the usb next to what it was plugged into, try all of them. If there is a problem with the usb the two ones close together may share the same controller and both might not work. Also you may have a device conflicting so unplug any other usb devices and see if that changes anything, you have to anyway to test it in the other ports. Testing the parralel port or printer port is harder, the easiest way takes a tool. So we will cheat and plug the printer into a differant laptop or desktop. If it starts working then we now know the issue is with the cable end at the computer or the usb port on the computer.
I have never seen the printer side of the interface die. The majority of times it was a cable problem or one of the connectors. The odd time it was the computer port with usbs being the common one.
Posted on Jul 16, 2010
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First of all check that there are no pending documents in your printer's tray.
When your printer is connected to your computer then at the right hand bottom of the screen (where time is displayed), you will see a printer's icon. Click on it and if you see a list of documents then cancel them all. Also see that the printing process is not paused.
Good luck and have a nice day.
Posted on Jul 16, 2010
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