Printer not working?

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Time to write everything by hand!

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  • 3 months ago

    **** man of dead

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  • nilan
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    Printer does not have power indicator

    Canon printer

    First, make sure that the printer is turned on. When a printer is on, it should have some light or LED (usually green) indicating it's receiving power.

    If you do not have any indicator light, make sure the printer is connected to a working power outlet by verifying each end of the power cable. Next, press the printer power button.

    If after performing the above steps the printer still does not display a power status indicator light, your printer may have a serious internal hardware issue. We suggest contacting the printer manufacturer for repair or replacement.

    Cables not connected properly

    Your printer should have two cables connected to it: the power cable and the data cable. Make sure the power and data cables (parallel cable or USB cable) are connected to both the printer and computer.

    Printer error (orange or blinking light)

    After your printer has completed its initial startup, you should see a solid colored light. If the indicator is blinking or is orange, often this is an indication of a printer error, like a paper jam or an issue with the ink or toner cartridge. As there are not standards for all printers, if you see a blinking light, visit the manufacturer's site or review the printer manual for specific error details.

    No paper or paper jam

    Without paper, your printer will not be able to print. Make sure you have paper loaded into the printer paper cartridge or tray. Next, verify that no printer paper is jammed or partially fed into the printer. If you suspect paper is stuck somewhere it shouldn't be, refer to our help page for paper jams.

    Inkjet printer ink related issues

    Often when you're encountering an ink related issue, your printer status indicator light (mentioned above) should be flashing. If this is not occurring, you may want to skip to the next section. However, if you've recently inserted a new ink cartridge, you may want to try the below suggestions.

        Replacing ink cartridges and printer not working.

    Printer self-tests

    Most printers have a way of printing a test page. A printer test page allows you to determine if the printer is working. The printer self-test is usually accomplished by holding down a series of keys. If you are not sure if your printer has this feature or how to perform it, refer to the printer manual or visit the printer manufacturer's website.

    You can also perform a software self-test to determine if the computer can see the printer and it's able to print. Follow the steps below to perform this test.

    Microsoft Windows users

        Open the Control Panel.

        Click or double-click the Printers, Printers and Fax, or Devices and Printers icon.

        Right-click on the printer you want to test and select the Properties or Printer Properties option. If you do not see your printer listed, your printer is not installed.

        In the printer's Properties window, click the Print Test Page button.

        If the printer can print a test page, your printer is installed and set up properly. However, if you cannot print in other programs, the program you are attempting to print from likely has issues.

    Older versions of Windows with older printers

    If you are running an older printer and MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT, you can also attempt the below software test.

        Get to an MS-DOS prompt or Windows command line.

        Get to the root directory by typing cd\

        Reroute dir to printer by typing dir > lpt1

    The above should take the directory listing and print it to the printer. If this does not print, refer to your operating system troubleshooting section.


    The above command does not do a paper feed, so you need to press your FF or PP options on the printer, or you can try manually ejecting the paper.

    Printer drivers

    If your printer does not have any flashing lights and is connected properly, it's possible you may be encountering a driver related issue. We suggest visiting our printer driver listing, which links to all major printer manufacturer driver pages, and download the latest drivers for your printer.

    Parallel (LPT) printers

    If the printer you're connecting to the computer is an LPT (parallel port) printer, we also suggest verifying the below settings if your printer is not working.

    Parallel port in CMOS

        Enter the computers CMOS setup.

        Once in CMOS, verify that your parallel port is enabled or installed.

        Next, verify the printer or parallel port mode. If your parallel port is set to ECP mode, we suggest trying a different mode.

    Other parallel device

    If you use a parallel printer with other parallel devices, such as a scanner, temporarily disconnect these devices to verify they are not causing issues with your printer.

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  • 3 months ago

    buy a new one then

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  • 3 months ago

    now you can relax

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  • 3 months ago

    no it's working fine thanks

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  • 3 months ago

    My printer is also working, but thank you for asking.

    Were you going to fix it if it wasn't?

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  • TomB
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    My printer is working fine....but thanx for asking.

    If your statement with a question mark is about YOUR printer not working:

    Try plugging it in and placing the ON/OFF switch in the ON position...

    - and if that doesn't work....update your question with some useful info like make/model, OS, how connected, any error codes, is it even showing up in devices/printers, have you tried new drivers, did you let the new printer wizard in windows 10 device settings (if applicable) do it's thing....etc

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  • David
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Imagine you are ringing the garage -Tell me, how do I fix my car? It won’t start. what do you think the response would be?

    In the same way vague questions like "why can't I print" will only get vague answers.

    Update your answer with more information, like make and model of printer, make and model of computer, is it a new problem? how is the printer connected, wifi? USB?. If the printer is new then speak to the support line of the manufacturer after all that's what you paid for.

    Have you selected the correct printer as defaults and how/what are you trying to print? are there any error messages?. Have you checked the cartridges for ink levels?, is the printer switched on? are there any warning lights on the printer. Often there is a troubleshooting table to run through on the manufacturer's website

    Help us to help you

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  • 3 months ago

    Need much more detail. What do you mean by not working? Have you tried anything to get it working?

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