Printers today are essential devices for a lot of users, but nobody can deny that they have a difficult personality. How much more do you need the printer, more complicated task. Jammed paper, horrible print quality, takes too long or simply do not want to print. These are just some of the problems that we have with a printer. In this article we will learn to resolve them without recourse to the technician.
When you least expect it, the printers can be locked, persist in foolishness or brings lower print quality. Here are some tips to help you deal with these headaches so common when working with printers.
If your printer is locked
Before doing anything, you’ll have to remove the paper that is inside the printer. It is necessary to look at the manual to make sure you’ll get the paper in a way that does not damage any mechanical part of the printer. In the user´s manual, look for instructions on how to reach the place where the paper is stuck, and how to get the blade, ideally without breaking.
In the case of not having the printer user manual, the basic rule is to start pulling slowly but surely, in the direction in which the paper comes out normally. And if you cannot remove all at once, pay attention to the loose pieces and remove them with tweezers, as it certainly cause problems later.
When the problem occurs in the entry sheets tray of the printer, that is, before you start printing, we must consider certain factors that can ruin the task. The first step is to take good care of the paper. Make sure when you save it, it is dry and on a flat surface. Do not put a crumpled paper or with imperfections in the printer tray: crumpled paper is one of the main causes of these problems.
Do not let the paper stay more than a day in vertical trays, as the sheets may be bent slightly and pressure on cylinders may affect the operation of the printer. Furthermore, we should always regulate the rule of the printer right to the size of paper that we will use. This is important because the misplaced paper can be taken “twisted” and lock the printer.
Problems with print quality
If you are having problems with print quality, you’ll have to take a look at the configuration of the printer. Pay attention to the following:
Type of paper: Make sure the paper type is supported by your printer. The weight, for example, can affect how the printer adjusts its cylinders to take the papers, and also how long it takes a laser printer to sensitize the paper.
Using a standard print paper, or photo print paper changes the mode and the amount of ink that the printer uses to print a sheet, which affects print quality. If you are printing a photo as “Picture”, you must use a special paper for that, and if you use a poor quality paper, the final print will be bad.
Quality: the different levels of print quality as “Excellent”, “Normal” and “Draft”, affect the speed, accuracy and amount of ink used. Choose “Draft” is a good idea if you’re only printing a document without much importance or something for internal use. Choose “Optimal” only if you are printing documents to show publicly as a formal letter or a photo.
Document Type: Some printers allow you to specify if you are printing a memo a newsletter, or a photo, and automatically adjust the settings for each print type. Besides that, most of today’s printers have their own maintenance tools that will realign and clean the cartridges. Try to run these tools once or twice to see if they fix your problem.
If your printer takes too long to print
The “slow” printings can be caused by a handful of different factors. Here are some tips to solve this problem:
In principle, check if you are not printing on “High Quality” or “Optimal” mode, which will take longer than for example “Normal” or “Draft” mode. Depending on what you’re printing, your connection to the printer may be the culprit. The wireless connections can be affected by the distance to the printer, interference with radio waves (for other wireless networks or cordless phones) and physical barriers (such as a wall between the router and printer).
All these factors are able to decrease the transfer rate, which means that the printer will take longer for the document to be printed. If the printer is connected directly to the PC, check the connection type: Usually the USB connections have a lower bandwidth than Ethernet connections.
If you frequently print many documents or very large documents, connect your printer via Ethernet (if possible) is a good idea. If you print little, basically text documents with very few or no image, a wireless or USB connection must be sufficient.
In addition to this, most home printers rely on the computer to process documents prior to printing, so if the memory and the processor in your PC are limited in power and quantity, the documents will take longer to be printed. If a printer has its own memory (something usually found in models of office), make sure that your memory is sufficient to struggle with the complexity and amount of work that will be sent.
The problems started after you began to print many more pages than usual? Check the monthly duty cycle of the printer (usually reported in the manual) to check what their printability.
If you have a home printer, designed to print, perhaps, a few dozen pages per day, but now are printing a hundred or more pages a day, your printer is overloaded and should be fighting for all that work.
This creates a wear fast parts, resulting in printing problems and a drop in quality. If you’re printing a 25% or more than specified in the monthly cycle, then maybe it is time to buy a new printer with higher capacity.
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