Solve the printer driver not found problem
How can a printer driver not be detected? How can this issue be fixed?
A printer is a device which produces text or graphics of documents that are stored in electronic form which is usually on physical print media such as paper or transparencies. Many printers are primarily 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 come with a built in network interface which are typically wireless or Ethernet based and can serve as a hard copy device for any user on the network. A driver communicates with the device with the help of computer bus or communications subsystem to which the hardware is connected. A printer driver is a piece of software that converts data to printed form, specific to the printer. The purpose of a printer driver is to allow applications to print without technical details of each printer model. A printer driver not found error can be caused due to a corrupt driver or due to a virus attack in the system.
The symptoms and tips to fix the printer not found issue are discussed below:
- Symptoms of printer driver issues
- Install the correct driver
- Install antivirus software
Symptoms of printer driver issues
Printer drivers are complex pieces of software which are the source of many problems. Printer driver issues include the last character on a line is missing, grid lines are missing when you try to print a format, the printout page is covered in solid black boxes are most common problems that you can encounter. Strange characters appear and the program crashes when printing and Windows reports the error like 'HPPCL5M.DRV'.
Install the correct driver
The best solution to a printer driver error is to get a better printer driver. You can download the driver from Microsoft or the printer manufacturer. You can also keep Windows Automatic Updates on to get the drivers updated automatically. You need to make sure that the drivers are compatible with the system and the operating system installed.
This error can also come up due to a virus in the system. You need to install dependable antivirus software on the system to avoid such situation. You need to update antivirus software and make sure that it has a valid subscription so that your system is covered from virus attacks. It is always good to run a full system scan to scan for viruses in the files and folders saved on the system.
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