Solving printer driver issues
What are printer driver issues? How do they affect your printer?
Printers are mainly used as local peripherals and are attached by a printer cable or a USB cable to the system which serves as a document source. Network printers are designed with built in network interfaces that are typically wireless or Ethernet based and can serve as a hard copy device for any user on the network. Most of the drivers come with an installation disc of the operating system but additional devices require external installation. Without proper and correct drivers installed, the computer will not be able understand various commands given by the user to invoke a particular function from hardware. Common printer driver issues include last character on a line is missing, grid lines are missing when you print a format, the printout is covered in solid black boxes, nonsensical characters appear.
Printer driver issues and the tips to fix them are discussed below:
- Upgraded drivers
- Incompatible drivers
- Outdated drivers
When you go for a printer driver in your system, you can install the upgraded version of the driver. An upgraded driver will support new features in the application. This will help in the better operation of your printer. As you have the latest operating system installed, it will support a compatible upgrade and provide better performance.
You will come across incompatibility issues when a particular driver fails to meet any system requirements. To avoid such a situation you need to find the correct version of your specific driver from the manufacturers authorized website. You can open Device Manager by double clicking on the ‘System’ icon in ‘Control Panel’, and choosing the ‘Hardware’ tab to see the type of device used in your printer. You can always install an upgraded version of the drivers for your system.
If you have installed any outdated drivers on your system the devices associated with this driver will not function properly. Outdated drivers might reduce system performance. You can get drivers updated automatically by turning on Automatic Updates. This will update the drivers with other Microsoft updates. An updated version of the driver for your printer will give you better performance.
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