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Reasons for a printer going offline on a network
What causes a printer to go offline on a network? How can this problem be solved?
Printers come in different form factors. Printers are classified according to the technology behind printing techniques. Dot matrix printers, inkjet printers and laser printers are some examples of different printers. You need to install the correct printer driver to use your printer. Printer drivers are software that act as an intermediary between the Operating System and the printer. Sometimes you may see that your printer goes offline every time you start your PC. If you face this problem, you may not get printouts from your printer. You can fix this problem simply. All you need to do is, disable the offline mode of the printer to fix this issue.
Reasons for a printer going offline on a network are discussed below:
- Printer going offline
- Tips to disable offline mode
Printer going offline
Sometimes the printer that you have installed on your system may go offline after the system starts up. This can be annoying but you can fix this problem easily. If you are using a network printer, sometimes your printer creates a print command and takes it offline. To resolve this problem you need to change the printer settings on your system.
You may face an offline mode error, if you have enabled offline mode of your network printer. Most recent printers come with an in-built button that enables offline mode. If you have pressed this button, you printer will go offline. You can also face a printer offline error, if you do not connect the printer properly. So you need to check if the cables and connectors that you have used to connect the printer are securely in place.
If you are facing this issue, you need to turn off offline mode. To turn off offline mode, you have two options. One is by changing the printer settings on Windows, and the other is by pressing the offline button on your printer. To change the settings of the printer, you need to select ‘Printers and Faxes’ from Control Panel. Double- click on the printer that you want to change, from the displayed window. A pop-up window will open and you need to ‘Printer Offline’ from the menu bar.
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