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5 Useful Tips in Cleaning Your Printers

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

What else can be so disgusting than seeing lines and vague areas in your printouts? But before you even grumble some words and get mad about the situation, why not take things under your control. Perhaps, your printer needs some cleaning. If it does, then you just have to follow the tips provided below:

1. Always start the process by unplugging the device. This will make sure you’ll not have a problem when you use damp cloth during the cleaning process.

2. Pay attention to dust or any paper shards left inside the printer. Do this using a damp and soft cloth. Wipe the areas lightly. Check the inner part of the device especially if black ink blots are appearing during the printing process. In this regard, always wipe the excess printer ink.

3. Start removing your printer cartridges. Clean them one at a time and wipe any excess printer ink that appears on them. Make sure you’re using non-fibrous cloth in the process so that you’ll leave no cloth residue on exit ports. Check the bottom parts for paper shards and dust again.

4. You should also make sure that the printer’s basket or outer covering is clean. Use mild detergent to wipe off dirt on the area

5. For printers which have not been used for a long time, it is important to perform print head cleaning. You can run some diagnostic programs using your printer’s control panel.

    The printer cleaning tips above are made for small office printers. For larger ones, you may need to use a vacuum system to make sure that all components are freed from dust and pollutants. One last advice for cleaning your printers: Clean it during spring or winter time as these are instances when dust and pollen comes out.

    Tips on How to Reset HP, Lexmark, Dell, Samsung and Brother Printers

    Thursday, February 18th, 2010

    Want to know how you may troubleshoot problems with resetting your printers? First things first, you have to consider what brand you own. In this regard, you should take note of the following tips.

    1. Resetting your HP printers. If you own an HP laser printer, you should basically use cold resetting. This process will bring back the HP printer to its factory default settings. This will affect all control panel settings.

    2. Resetting your Lexmark printers. Simply switch off your printer first then while turning it on, make sure you’ve pressed the RETURN and READY buttons as well. After that, you will reach the diagnostics mode with the display mode showing the phrase “performing self test”. Reset the “Maintenance count” to zero before going back to diagnostics mode. Then reset the printer to get your printer back to the normal mode.

    3. Resetting your Dell printers. This can be done by double-clicking over the “Reset Dell Printer” icon that can be found after you’ve clicked “UAN” and “System Utilities”. Make sure that the printer’s USB cable is connected to the PC.

    4. Resetting your Samsung printers. There are four MENU keys that you should press quickly in succession. These are numbers 1, 9, 3 and 4. Once you’re through with this, make sure the display shows the word “TECH”. Then press on the MENU and ENTER keys and you will see the words “TECH MODE” on the display. Click on the “<” twice and you will see “New Printer Cartridge” displayed. Select ENTER and when the panel shows the word YES, press the ENTER key once more. Exit using Menu keys 1, 9, 3 and 4.

    5. Resetting your Brother Printers. You just have to press the UP and DOWN keys until the word “Maintenance 99” shows up on the display. Hold the “SET” button down to bring the printer to standby mode.

      Now that you’ve known how to troubleshoot any printer brand, you can perform this very well. Take note however that some printer models from each brand may have varying resetting techniques as well. Better check on that with your printer manual or with your manufacturer.

      4 Steps in Printer Software Installation

      Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

      Do you think you can use a printer just after you bought it without reading over some instructions on how to install it in your PCs? Well, you certainly can’t. You might just end up wasting paper if you haven’t followed the right printer installation procedure. In line with this, you must also give high regard to the printer software that comes with the printer package. Here are steps involved in the installation process:

      1. Go through the printer manual. You can find instructions on how to install printer software using this manual. You might be instructed to uninstall an older software version before you install the new one. You might also be instructed to turn off the virus scanner.

      2. Insert the software disk. Once the disk is read by your PC, a pop-up window appears. This contains all the files that have been read from the software disk. Using the readme.txt or the readme.doc file, you can begin reading the contents of the disk. Click on the executable file – usually represented by the .exe extension.

      3. The printer is now ready for installation. This comes next after you have run the executable file. After which, the registration key will be required from you. You can find this on the box of the software CD.

      4. You will have to reboot your computer. This is true every after installation of a new program or software. After this, you can run the software.

        You may now check whether you’re printer is working or not after you’ve installed the printer software. Isn’t that all easy?

        4 Steps on Connecting Wireless Printers to Your PC

        Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

        Wireless technology is no longer an exclusive thing to the use of the Internet. This technology can now be enjoyed by mobile phone users as well as printer owners. With the introduction of this innovation in the world of printers, people are now able to eliminate the use of cables. Wonder how you may connect wireless printers to your PC?

        1. Check on the wireless capabilities of your devices. Make sure that the PC and the printer (as well as that of your router) do have wireless capabilities. Remember that older printer models may not be able to connect wirelessly to your PCs. You can check using the manual that comes with your printer. You may also contact the brand manufacturer using their customer service numbers.

        2. You may also need to install and update drivers. Check on this using the PC manufacturer’s website or the wireless network card’s homepage. You have to pay attention to this step especially if your PC runs using the Windows Vista.

        3. Set-up a place for your wireless printers. It is crucial to find a good location where you should place your printer. Make sure it is not that far from your router as you need the printer port connected to the device. Also, you cannot acquire a strong signal when the printer is located on a place that is far from your printer.

        4. Set-up the network as well. If you’re using only one computer for wireless printing, then you can now test if you are able to establish wireless connection. Do this by turning all devices on. But if you’re going to use many PCs to connect to the printer, you will be required to set-up the network using IPconfig on the MS-DOS screen. This is to check the IP addresses used in each PC.

          It is fairly easy to use Windows in creating a wireless network set-up. It will readily provide you with steps to follow.

          Tips on How to Reset Different Printer Brands

          Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

          Are you worried on how you will be able to reset your printer? Well, the technique is different for each brand so you better be aware of that. But why do you need to reset your printers? The answer is very simple. Resetting is of great help to avoid problems or errors with the equipment. Doing this will also help you in installing some parts. So, better know the tips on resetting the device depending on the brand you own:

          HP laser printers. For these types of printers, what you need is the cold resetting technique. You can use this method to adjust the settings according to different factory default levels. Settings on the control panel will be reset as well.

          Dell printers. Resetting such printers is easy. Start by clicking on the “UAN” folder and then proceed to “System Utilities”. After which, you should locate the “Reset Dell Printer” icon and click it twice. This will only work if your printer’s USB cable can be attached to your PC directly.

          Lexmark printers. You are required to switch off these printers first before you reset them. While turning the device on, you should hold on to both “Return” and “Ready” buttons. Doing so will help you reach the diagnostics portion of the process. By then, you will also be able to perform a self-test of the unit. Using the maintenance and reset count, you can return the mode to zero. After all these, you may now return to the diagnostics portion using the “Return” button.

          Brother printers. You simply have to press the “Up” and “Down” keys until such time that the words “Maintenance 99” will show up on the unit’s display. From here, proceed to pressing the “Set” key to turn the device to standby mode.

          Some units in the same brand may have different resetting techniques. For more info, simply refer to the manual that goes with the printer.

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