Issues while printing a printer test page
How to fix issues related with printing a printer test page?
A printer is a device that prints text or images on paper according to the commands given to it. A printer is an inevitable equipment in home and offices, as, taking hard copies of documents is essential. Often, network printers have a built-in network interface, typically wireless and/or Ethernet based, and it might serve as a hard copy device for any user on the network. Most of the printers are primarily used as local peripheral and is attached by a printer cable. The user can get a Printer test page to check the functioning of the computer. Printer can also print a test page when there is any issue with the cartridge or any other hardware of the printer. In order to print test page, click on the ‘Control Panel’ and choose ‘Printer and Fax’. Then you need to click on 'Printer' and further click on 'Properties'. Click on 'Print Test Page' button and printer will print test page.
Following are the common issues encountered while printing a test page and tips to fix them:
- Printing problems
- Paper jam
- Tips to fix the issues
Sometimes, your printer may not print the required document. If you have made any changes recently on your printer or in the printer’s settings, you might not be able to print. The printer might not be printing if it is not properly connected to the computer. So, check that the printer cable connecting your printer to the computer is firmly attached at both ends. There needs to be one more cable which connects to the wall outlet as well.
There might be variety of reasons for a printer not printing a test page. This might cause recurring jams. The flashing error code might indicate a jammed printer. This type of paper jam occurs quite often in every printer. In paper jam, regular paper, envelopes or specialty paper might get stuck or jammed in the printer. You need to lift the front cover and pull jammed paper out from the printer. You can also pull it from the back of the printer or the paper in tray. Pulling paper from inside the front cover might cause mechanical damage to the printer. Therefore, be very careful while doing this.
Reset your printer settings back if you have recently changed any of your settings. The print head needs to move freely. For that, open the cover on the printer and check that no paper is hindering the movement of the print head. Also, make sure your paper tray is not empty, nearly empty or jammed. All these conditions might cause printer problems in case the paper feeding mechanism do not operate properly.
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