HP LaserJet Printer: Common Errors and How to Fix Them

LaserJet printers are becoming quickly becoming the “now” of the printer world. These types of printers use a laser to “draw” an image or text onto paper. Their quality has made them essential for some of us. In the recent years, the LaserJet has become the best solution for many small businesses and enormous operations alike.

HP LaserJet Printers are popular because they have developed into a more efficient solution for any printing purpose at very good prices. Nonetheless, every gadget has its day when it is just not working the way you need or want it to.

If you have come to one of these frustrating moments, leave your worries. We have encompassed the most common errors you can come across with your HP LaserJet Printer, and the easiest way to fix them.

1. The maddening “paper jam.” ... All printers have the “paper jam” issue. If the “paper jam” message is keeping you from getting your work done, get ready to strike it out! First, check the printer from the inside to see where the jam is. If you can see the sheet, remove it carefully by pulling it slowly.

If there is no visible source for your paper jam, check the paper tray for any papers that might be causing the paper jam. If there is one. Pull it out slowly. If there is no paper there, then follow this by cleaning the printer. Open and check the printer for any bits of paper, lint or dust. Clean them out with a clean, damp cloth. Restart the printer. Your printer should now be working and printing well.

2. The printer takes too long to print... Although LaserJet printers are known for their incredible speed, there will come a time when your print jobs takes too long to print. If your HP LaserJet printer is taking too much of your time, you will have to make some settings adjustments.

If you are printing simple text documents, change your printer settings from a high resolution to a lower one. In order to do this, access your printer through your computer’s Control Panel. Go to the Printer Properties option and then to the color management tab. Change it to grayscale and set the print speed to “fast” or “speedy” to get your Canon LaserJet printer working faster.

If you need a quality print, and are tied for time, change your settings to a medium quality setting. This will give you a good quality print out at half the time.

3. Your print jobs look messy or sloppy... All printers go through the puddled, grainy, smudged, light or too dark print jobs issue.

Check your print settings first to make sure you have the correct paper selected. Also, check that the paper you are using is compatible with your HP LaserJet printer. Some HP LaserJet printers, the fuser has an adjustment for paper type. If your printer’s fuser can be adjustedmanually, check to see that it is set properly but be very careful, as fusers tend to get very hot.

Check out your toner cartridges and the fuser for damage. If you have smudge marks, print a few blank sheets of paper and they will eventually fade away.

4. The printer is not responding ...If your HP LaserJet is just not responding, follow these few steps.

  • a. First, check that you sent your print job to the correct printer. If this is not the issue, you need to look at your connection.

  • b. If you are using a wireless model, make sure the printer and computer or device are both connecting to the same Wi-Fi signal. If they are not, switch them to the correct one, and you should be ok. If they are connected to the same, then restart the router, printer and computer or device. Check that they connect to the same network. Once all this is taken care of, you should be able to print.

  • c. If you are using a wired model of HP, make sure that all the wires connect properly. If all wires are connected, check for any wear or tear damage on the wires, as this may cause connection problems. If the wires all check out, then restart both the computer and the printer. You should now be able to print.

  • d. If you are still having problems, with wired or wireless, you might need to update the printer driver. Over time, these become corrupt, or are outdated. To update your printer driver, find your printer model driver online. Download and install it, and restart both the computer and printer. You should now be able to start printing.

  • e. If your printer is still not responding, you might have a long print queue. If the printer has too many print jobs coming into the print queue, it will slow down the printing process. In order to do this, access your printer from the computer control panel. Right click on the printer icon and click on “print queue.” Right click in the dialog box, and choose “cancel all documents.” Restart the printer and computer, and try printing one last time.

HP LaserJet printers are awesome machines that make our everyday lives much easier. By following the above steps for their most common problems, you should now be on your way to infinite printing without any worries.

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