Installing a new printer.

Installing a Printer.

Your shiny new box with that whatsyoucallit that prints copies and scans is sitting on the floor. You bought it and got it home, what next?

All printers are different animals, however if you bought your printer in the last 3 years, they all use much the same method for installation.

If you happen to be female and your male partner is currently ripping into the box, find something to distract him, now!

I have 5 easy steps for installing a printer, here we go.

1) Unpack the machine AND the instruction manual.
Layout all the bits and pieces. Find the place in your installation manual where it tells you what comes with the printer, and make sure all is present. Carefully inspect the new printer for bits of cardboard used to cushion it in transport, for bits of tape holding up doors and flaps and so on.

2) Drag the box you call your computer out of it’s nook. Look on the back of the computer for the corresponding port you need to plug your printer in. Plug the cable in, AFTER you are sure the machine is turned off. Poke the printer cable back through where it needs to go to hook up to your printer. While you’re at it, run the power cable for the printer to where it needs to go as well. Return the computer box back where it belongs, and switch it on.
DO NOT plug any cables into the printer in at this stage.

3) Unpack the installation CD that came with your printer. Put it in the DVD/CD drive and then run the installation program to install the printer drivers. The on screen instructions are almost fool proof. You will need to install the software, then at some stage the installer will ask you to plug your printer cable into the printer and turn it on.

4) If all is well, your computer will now tell you it has found a new device and it is installing it. Congratulations, you have a brand new shiny printer ready to run.

5) Run a test page. The printer will normally have its’ own special diagnostic page, find out how to run this in the installation manual. This particular pattern will easily show up problems like blocked jets, misaligning print lines and so on.

If you encounter any problems, turn the printer off, unplug it and go back through the installation step by step again.

Common problems that will stop a printer from working are, in most common order:

1) Printer is not turned on. Yes, as a troubleshooter that gets paid by the callout, this is a common problem that earns me money.

2a) Printer is not plugged in. Again, people plug power in and forget the printer cable itself.

2b) You were scared of breaking something and didn’t push the cables home.

3) Having diligently read all the instructions up to where you put the ink cartridges and/or toners in……..

4) You already have 1 or more printers connected and the default is set to one of the others. To fix this, go to start, control panel and open the printers and faxes dialog box. Right click the new printer and click on set as default.

5) That cable port that sort of looked like a phone jack, was infact the network port.

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