Network Printer Not Printing
Write about possible issues with a network printer which is not printing, its possible causes, and tips to fix the issues.
Network Printers are the printers connected over a network to perform printing jobs from multiple computers connected over a network. Different computers over a network can access single network printer. You can easily set-up a network printer over a network. However, in some cases the network printers connected over a network may stop printing unexpectedly. You can resolve most of the issues associated with the networking printers after identifying the exact cause for the printing problem. In most situations, the reason for the unexpected behavior of network printers is simple to comprehend. Therefore, before going any deeper, first check the primary conditions such as power, cable connection or network problems.
Some of the possible causes due to which the network printer stops printing and some tips to fix the issues of network printers are explained below:
- Possible Causes
- Check hardware failure
- Update Network Card Drivers
There can be situations when the printer connected over a network may not work properly and will stop printing unexpectedly. There are several reasons for printing problems associated with network printers. In most of the cases, the reason is due to the hardware errors such as cable connections, hub or switch damage, etc. Recent changes made to the printer also result in printing failures. The power indicator of the printer will show a different color if there is any problem with the printer. If the network printer driver installed in the system gets corrupted, then also it will stop printing jobs.
Check hardware failure
If your printer is not working properly then the printer indicator lamp will display colors other than green. Hardware failure may be the reason behind this. Any problem with the printer cable will also stop the printer. Replace the cable to resolve the issue. Also check for any power failure. If you have made any changes to the printer set-up then also the problem can occur. In such cases, restore the printer settings to the earlier stage to avoid current printing problems.
If the printer driver gets outdated or corrupted then it may result in the printer stops printing issue. We can resolve outdated or corrupted driver issue by updating the network printer driver to its latest version. We can update the network printer driver using different techniques. Right-click on the network printer in the 'Device Manager' and select ‘Update Driver’ by right-clicking on it. Also check for the printer queue to make sure that the queue is not stuck. Go to the ‘Printer and Faxes’ in ‘Control Panel’ and double-click the network printer to remove all documents from the printing queue.
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