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Fix Common Printer Problems: Part 2

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

Yesterday, in part 1 of this article, we looked at what you can do if your printer is jamming or refusing to print. Today, we’ll look at how to fix problems with the quality of your printed material.


“My prints are too light/have horizontal lines and the overall print quality is poor”

There could be a number of reasons why this is happening. I’ll go through the most common ones with you below.

  • Your printer cartridge/toner could be empty or dry. This is a common issue with people who use their printers too much or too little. If you haven’t used your printer in a while chances are the ink has gone dry. And if you use your printer a too much, your ink cartridge/toner could be empty. The solution to both these problems are to simply buy a new cartridge/toner for your printer.
  • There may not be enough ink in one of the ink cartridges/toner. You can combat this problem by swapping out your existing cartridge with a new one or you could set your print preference to “Grayscale/Black” in the printer properties if you want to print only in black and white.
  • Your print settings may have been set to save ink. Make sure the following are set correctly to avoid this. Toner Save Mode-OFF, Economy Mode- OFF, Quality- Standard (or similar), Resolution- 600 dpi or more- because the higher your resolution is the better your print quality will be.
  • Your printhead might be damaged, blocked or needs to be cleaned. If this is the case, you should call your printer manufacturer and or let a professional help you out. Although you can find tutorials online that will show you how to fix printhead you run the risk of damaging it and voiding your warranty.

“My pages are not printing right”

If you notice content missing, misaligned or in the wrong size check to see if the following are set correctly.

  • Margins- Make sure your content is with the boundaries of the margin and not exceeding it. You can also adjust your margins to accommodate content if needed based on the type of paper you are feeding in.
  • Paper Type- Check your printer properties to see if the paper type mentioned in the printer settings correspond with the paper you are feeding into the printer. Although many printers come with commonly used size options you can customize your paper dimensions if you are experiencing problems in the ‘Paper Type’ menu.
  • Paper Position – Paper that is placed unevenly is another common cause of pages not printing right, and more often than not responsible for messy paper jams. Making sure your paper is aligned evenly before printing is a good way to make sure you get excellent prints.

My final word of advice is to always Reboot. Start afresh if you find yourself stuck, chances are it will eventually work out. Not does this apply to technology, but also to life.

Note- Stay safe by turning off power to your printer always before opening it up for any printer related maintenance. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


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2 Responses to “Fix Common Printer Problems: Part 2”

  1. Jadesqr says:

    Hey Aaron, Really good ‘Printer Primer’…that said, I suggest two things:
    1] Always know what and where your printing, I never use ‘Web Page’ print icons, always use the browser ‘Print Preview'; always print only what you need and know where the ‘print’ is supposed to print, don’t know how many ‘print to file’ documents have happened before I figured it out.
    2] Printers print from their own CACHE, so it takes time to build and if something is running in the background on the main machine, it can take an inordinate time to happen, speaking of ‘Cache’ not one word on RAM, printers can often be expanded to include more memory which can improve response…

  2. Barbara B Pickett says:

    I have a new wireless HP Envy, and like other HP printers I’ve had, it spits out blank pages both before the first page, and yesterday one in the middle of a 4 page document. I fluffed the paper from both ends before loading into the machine. Not much humidity here so don’t think dampness could be the problem.

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