Empty Ink Cartridge Most Likely Cause Of Printer Problems

2009-08-27 12:20:17

Published on 2009-08-27 12:20:17

Running out of ink is one of the most common reasons for printers failing to produce pages on demand, it has been claimed.

Paul Wardley of Computer Active magazine said that an empty ink cartridge is one of the "most likely error conditions" that printer users will face.

He added that toner cartridges are equally liable to cause trouble to printer owners and offered a series of tips on how to cope with the issue.

"If the ink or toner cartridges are empty, follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacing them, or in the case of laser toner cartridges try shaking them gently from side to side because sometimes the toner clumps at the ends of the cartridges and can be loosened by shaking," Mr Wardley advised.

"When you are sure that both paper and ink or toner are correctly installed, switch off the printer and wait for a few seconds to flush the printer's memory, and then switch on again and try printing from Windows."

The expert concluded that if this did not solve the problem, it is likely that the printer is experiencing other difficulties, which can be caused by software or hardware malfunctions.

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