Printer Error Codes
What are Printer error codes? How to resolve them?
Let’s say you have just ordered your printer to process few documents, when suddenly, a flashing pop-up window appears telling you about error “12” or “55”. To anyone who prints on a regular basis, this is a familiar scenario. While their sudden appearance may shock you, and may hinder you from getting work done, printer error codes are only there to alert you to a problem. It does not necessarily mean that something has gone horribly wrong. There is no need to be alarmed, as long as you can figure out the root of the problem.
The common Printer error codes are as follows:
- Error “11 and 12”
- Error “13”
- Error “16”
- Error “21”
- Error “55”
Error “11” and “12”
Let’s start with the simple printer errors. These are the ones that you can probably solve yourself. Error “11” means that paper tray has run out of paper. Simply refill it, and restart the project. Error “12” signifies that there are either no ink cartridges inside the printer, or it cannot detect one because the printer is slightly open.
Error “13” indicates that paper is stuck inside the printer. This usually happens when paper is not inserted properly into the tray. To undo a paper jam, follow the instructions given by the manufacturer either online or inside the printer’s manual. Most models nowadays have paper jam buttons, but if all else fail restart the printer and see if it regurgitates the stuck pieces by itself.
Error “16” shows when the printer being used has little or no toner. This is one of the more frequent errors, and can be remedied quite easily by buying toner, then replacing the used up stock inside the printer. Again, always refer to your manual when it comes to replacing parts. You might end up damaging your printer.
Error “21” indicates that the job being requested is too complex for the printer to handle. This can happen with older models, which don’t have the means to print complex fonts, or with smaller printers because they can’t handle larger sizes. Just modify your document accordingly until it prints.
These are the simpler errors; the ones which you can probably resolve yourself. However, these aren’t the only ones you’ll be facing. There are much harder ones. Error “55”, for example, requires knowledge of DC controller connections. It means data being passed back and forth from your computer to the printer is not being processed. It may mean that your printer does not have a power supply, or the connection is passing over faulty information.
These errors, as well as countless others, will require a professional help.
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