Troubleshooting Common Dell Printer Problems with Ease

It happens to each and every one of us. Whenever we are rushing to complete a project for school or a report for work, somehow our printers just seem to fail on the last minute. No printer model is free from this, not even Dell printers. Having to troubleshoot your Dell printer may be the last thing on your mind when you are rushing to meet a deadline. But there is no reason to panic. Many of the common problems Dell users face are actually very easy to fix and would only take a few minutes. Here are four of the most common problems that Dell printer users commonly face and how to fix them.

Paper Jams

In your rush to print out your report or project, many times we find ourselves merely shoving the paper into the paper feed. When you have opened a new ream of bond paper, the paper tends to stick to each other causing your paper to jam while printing. Another reason for paper jams to occur is when the paper fed is not smooth. When this happens, stop the printing session and then slowly pull the jammed paper from the printer. Make sure that you are able to remove the entire paper jammed in your printer. If it tears, turn off your printer and then carefully remove any remaining paper pieces. Before restarting your printing session, make sure that you first loosen the remaining sheets of paper in your paper feed.

Poor Printing Quality

If you notice that there are lines on the printout, or there is nothing printed on the paper, this could mean that your printer nozzle is clogged up with dried ink. To remove the white lines from the printout, run the clean option in your printer and then test the printout first before proceeding. If there is nothing printed on the paper, get a cotton swab and moisten this with alcohol. Run the cotton swab carefully under the printer nozzle to loosen out all the dried ink that has been clogged up in the nozzle.

Paper Feed

Another common problem faced by Dell printer users is having problems when the paper is fed into the printer. This would result to your printout to become lopsided. This is commonly brought about by something blocking the rollers that feed the paper into the printer. Inspect the printer and free it from any blockage such as torn up paper resulting from a paper jam.

Ink Cartridges Not Recognized

In order to save up on money, some Dell printer users would have their Dell ink cartridges refilled rather than buying new cartridges. Unfortunately, most Dell printers come with a program that would allow you to check the ink status in your ink cartridges. While this can be useful to most Dell printer users, the downside of this is that once the program recognizes the ink cartridge is empty, it can no longer be used even when it is refilled. One way to prevent this from happening is to have your ink cartridge refilled once the program advises you that the ink level in the cartridge is low. This way you can deceive the program into allowing you to use your refilled ink cartridge.

33 comments to Troubleshooting Common Dell Printer Problems with Ease

  • John

    Can you help me? I have a Dell Printer, Model #: A940. As I try to copy a document, it completes almost half or more of the copying process, then stops and says on the printer screen, “Hardware error: 0502″. why is this happening and what can I do to fix this problem. Any help you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    John

  • jamaal siddique

    i have an dell printyer model 810c and i xcannot print anything as it either says printer is busy or the printer has a paper jam although i have removed all paper

  • Angie

    Hello,
    I have a Dell 3000cn printer. All of the sudden one day it decided that it was out of paper even though it wasn’t. I have tried taking the paper out and putting it back in, resetting, unplugging, canceling, screaming and yelling, pushing every button on it but nothing seems to work. I paid a decent amount of money for this thing to say nothing of what I pay for the ink. Can you help me?

    Thanks so much,

    Angie

  • Leon G

    I have Dell Photo Printer 926. Want to put in new ink cartridges. When I turn on printer and lift the printer unit (to access the cartridges) the cartridge carrier does not move to the loading position. Any idea of how to solve this problem?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
    Leon

  • I Think it’s not so different than many others Printers

  • Gary Maples

    I have an A90 Dell All in one Printer and I put in a new ink cartridge weeks ago and everything was printing just fine. Now all of a sudden it won’t print. Can you help me?

  • Heather Follest

    We have a Dell 1710 and the printer paper keeps getting jammed.
    Each time we clear the paper jam it says it is ready to print only to jam again. It jams right at the beginning as soon as it grabs the paper.????????

  • James Threadgill

    The copy function on my dell 942 Photo all-in-one printer will not copy a full page. The scanner goes to center of the page and then returns to starting point. Only part of the first 13 lines will be printed and then it prints the top left hand side of the document.

  • Sal Alfano

    I have a Dell A920 printer. The ink cartridge is half full and all of a sudden is not printing.The paper runs through it but comes out BLANK!!

  • Pam

    I have a Dell All-in-One model 924. The on/off light remains ON…but the printer is COMPLETELY dead. Any ideas? I’ve checked the power cable and the USB cable and they both seem OK.

  • Dav id

    I have a A920 dell printer. I haven’t used it for about a year and it’s not dusty or anything. It has a full black ink and half color ink. I tried to print a application and it just prints a blank sheet of paper, why would it do that?

  • Sharon

    I keep getting solid black lines on my copies. Any idea how to remedy this situation? Thanks.

  • Priscilla

    I have Dell AIO printer. Tne power light keeps flashing and it will not print or feed paper. How do I fix this?

  • Payton

    I have a Dell AIO 924 printer. The power light keeps flashing about every 6 seconds. The screen doesn’t say anything. It is like the printer is in lock down mode. How do I fix this?

  • Donald Morgan

    I having trouble with my dell 926 color printer. I using recycle cartridges and when I print it prints only in black and white. I have a full black and white and color cartridges installed. Another problem the computer shows both cartridges empty.

  • lorene hall

    printer runs the paper through but doesnot print. new catride has been installed but to no response. no marks on paper of ant kind.

  • Deni Schimana

    When I try to send a scanned image to Outlook from my Dell 810
    I get the message that one or more paremeters are not valid.
    When I try to send scanned image to Microsoft Word the image is incomplete and distorted
    Are you able to help me fix the problem.

  • George

    I have a Photo 924 and the power light is always on. I can’t shut it off even after unplugging everything and plugging back in. The compter thinks the printer is off line. Any suggestions?

  • ron schneiderheinze

    I have a 920 and another all in one dell printer — they are both doing the same thing — you think they are printing but the paper comes out empty — they both have good ink in them

  • Dale Wynn

    I have a fairly new Dell V515w printer and it has all of a sudden stopped printing envelopes. It prints other documents but not envelopes. How can that be fixed?

  • James Avants

    I have a Dell 3000cn printer. All of the sudden one day it decided that it was out of paper even though it wasn’t. I have tried taking the paper out and putting it back in, resetting, unplugging, canceling, screaming and yelling, pushing every button on it but nothing seems to work. I paid a decent amount of money for this thing to say nothing of what I pay for the ink. Can you help me?

    Thanks so much,

  • Garrett

    I have a Dell photo 966 All in one. I was using refills and the printer thought the cartridges were empty. One day a fax came in but it would not print it. It still says it’s in memory yet it will not print. Just after this the printer only prints documents from the computer. The Scan and Copy funtion do not work. I have tried restoring all defaults but no luck. Any ideas?

  • Garrett

    More on the Dell 966. When you push Copy or Fax it starts the mode but then shuts down and re-initializes the printer and basically returns to ready mode. Sometimes it spits out a blank piece of paper. When you print from the computer it works normal.

  • Irene V.

    Sal Alfono , Dav id , & Ron Schneiderheinze . I have the same problem. Did any of you get to fix yours because i have no idea how to fix mine . wit the A920 .

  • Marsha

    I have a Dell PHoto 926 which powers up but does not print. The LCD screen says it’s printing, but no paper goes through and no printing takes place. I’m also not able to copy. I’ve tried powering down, removing and replacing the power cord, etc. It is an older model, so perhaps it’s just outlived its life expectancy. Could be a power supply problem, not sure. Any thoughts?

  • dale

    I have a dell 924 all in one. It will scan and copy, but not print and gives a incorrect port detected. It says printer is designed to work with USB cables only. It worked in the past and was not used for a while waiting on new ink. Some please help.

  • Joan

    I have a Dell962 all in one printer. It will scan or print from the pc, but will not copy or scan directly from the printer. It used to copy full sheets, but now only partial copies come out when paper is placed on the printer.

  • Albert

    Have a Dell A926. Removed paper jam – found no paper ANYWHERE inside. Yet, message comes up “Clear paper jam”. Won’t even print “Test Page” Help!

  • Martha

    I have Dell Photo Printer 922. Want to put in new ink cartridges. When I turn on printer and lift the printer unit (to access the cartridges) the cartridge carrier does not move to the loading position. The book says it will go to the right position unless the printer is busy. Any idea of how to solve this problem?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
    Martha

  • Audrey Bates

    I recently purchased a Dell all in one V313w printer. It printed great for a short while and now does not print. It sends paper through with nothing on it. I do not believe that it is out of ink. How do I check on ink levels? I can’t finish my taxes without a printer.

  • laura

    I have checked my computer for a paper jam. There is none. But yet paper goes to the right side and jams

  • Roz

    I have a Dell all in V515w printer,green bar stops half way on
    computer and does not print

  • cony

    I have a Dell 3000cn printer and I am having a problem when I am printing my work it cuts off 2 or three letters on the right margin. How do I correct this.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>