Troubleshooting HP Inkjet Printer
An inkjet printer is a peripheral of the PC that produces hard copy by spraying ink onto the paper. Usually, inkjet printer can produce a printout with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi). Some inkjet printers are capable of producing full color hard copies at 600 dpi or even more. Many models comprise of other devices, such as a scanner, photocopier and dedicated fax machine besides with the printer in a single box. In the inkjet printer, the print head has numerous tiny nozzles, called as jets. As the paper moves past the print head, the jets spray ink on it. This helps in forming the characters and images on the paper. HP Inkjet printer can produce number of pages, depending on the nature of the hard copy, before the ink cartridges must be replaced. There is usually one black ink cartridge and a color cartridge with ink in primary pigments. Some inkjet printers use a single cartridge with cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink.
- Paper jam
- Error messages
- Printing streaks and blurry pages
The most common problem affecting HP Inkjet Printer is the paper jam. Paper jam issue can occur for numerous reasons. Different HP Inkjet Printers have the rollers in different locations, so you need to carefully take out the wrongly trapped paper. You should always keep in mind that you have to pull out the paper in the same direction as the normal printing path. Pulling it backwards can damage your HP Inkjet Printer.
Each time when you try to print and get an error message, you should check the simple problems first before assuming there is a major problem with your HP Inkjet Printer. Check your printer settings on your PC to be certain that you have chosen your printer from the menu. If your HP Inkjet Printer is connected to your PC via a network, you should make sure those connections are working too. You can also restart your computer because this seems to fix many problems. Uninstalling drivers and software and then reinstalling them can also make your printer work.
Printing streaks, blurry and off color pages are almost always related to the problems with printer’s ink cartridges. It can be that you are running out of ink, the cartridges need cleaning, the cartridges need to be aligned, etc. Usually, these problems are displayed in the form of horizontal white lines running through each line of print. These are because of clogged nozzles that are not dispensing ink. In such cases, you can use a cotton swab to rub alcohol on the surface of the print head to dissolve any ink buildup that may be clogging on the print head. Then gently wipe any excess ink off of the print head. Also, make sure that the print head ribbon is secured firmly to the print head. Also, keep the ink cartridges properly aligned and check the ink level as well.
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