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.
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.
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.