Three Common Printer Problems

Even though the world is moving to more digital media, we still have a need for print media. Just take a look at professional and home offices all over the world and it is easy to see that traditional printers are still important. Of course, the printers you can buy, these days, can do so much more than just print out your spreadsheets and databases.  And, of course, these printers can still encounter many of the same problems as the printers of yesteryear.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most common printer problems people encounter.


It is very important to note that printing speeds vary between machines and even between the types of jobs that each printer can perform.  Indeed, printing speed can depend on graphical content, graphical quality, and other factors. If you want a fast job, for example, you can usually change the print quality setting to ‘low’ but that will typically result in less bold appearance.  As a bonus this can save you ink.

If you feel like the printing is not performing as quickly as you would prefer, though, you might want to investigate the printer’s drivers: they may need an update.  In addition, if you have a wifi printer you should see if connecting the printer directly to the computer improves the performance speed:  often a slow print job can be the result of disruption in the wifi signal.


If your print jobs are inconsistent or unusually light, you are going to want to investigate the ink cartridge.  Usually this type of problem is caused by trying to print with an empty 123ink hp ink cartridge:  so all you have to do is replace it.  If, however, replacing the ink cartridge does not solve the problem, you are going to want to investigate the printer head: it could be clogged or misaligned.  Simply performing the printer’s cleaning settings (which you can find in the Windows Control Panel) can usually solve this issue.


If you send a job to the printer and see that the queue is complete but the printer does not react at all you should check to see what the default printer is in your operating system.  If, for example, you are using Windows, simply go to your Devices and Printers setting and look for the ‘Printers’ section.  Right click on the printer you want to use and find ‘Select Default Printer.’


Post Author: James Marshall'