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ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT PRINTERS???HELP PLEASE!!!!

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buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:07:08

been trying to print out some party invites,but the sodding printer isnt doing anything!!

its plugged in,lights are on,paper in it,cable in the back going to the laptop,but when i click to print it just sits there doing sod all!!!

what am i doing wrong??

does it need to go in the bin??(its heading that way!!)

need to get these invites done as alot are getting sent abroad!!

hoping someone can help!!thank you!

TambaTheDragonSlayer Mon 22-May-06 16:08:10

Have you got the right printer selected in the printer options bit?

Jessajam Mon 22-May-06 16:08:12

go to start menu at btm of screen, choose settings, then printers...see if your printer is there! Sometime sthe computer 'forgets' the printer is there!!

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:09:45

got the right printer selected and the laptop 'knows' its there!!!

am getting more stressed out with this thing than i do with the kids!!!

zippitippitoes Mon 22-May-06 16:10:56

try switiching off printer and computer then first switch on the printer and then the computer..sometimes it won't recognise it if the printer is switched on after the computer is booted

Polgara2 Mon 22-May-06 16:10:57

Assuming you do find your printer listed click on it to see if any documents are waiting to be printed. May sound obvious but have you checked all the cables in the back of the printer AND the back of the pc, they can get knocked sometimes and won't talk to each other if connection not secure.

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 22-May-06 16:12:04

Is the printer set to 'Pause printing'? Right click on the little printer icon in the bottom right corner (if it's there) & check.

hub2dee Mon 22-May-06 16:14:29

Turn printer off. Turn computer off. Wait 30 seconds. Turn printer on. Turn puter on. See if that helps ? Check cable sitting very soundly at each end, and you could do worse than trying another USB port (is it a attached to a hub per chance ?)

Else - Control Panel / Printers / look at the print jobs... it can be possible to 'pause' the print spooler so jobs 'back up' (like a blocked drain), and you will need to unpause the jobs. It will then splurge out crap for ages (with print jobs you asked it to do which it didn't do IYSWIM).

hth

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:14:54

ive taken all cables out,plonked back in,still nothing!

turned it all off,and then back on,the pc makes a ding dong noise (am sooooo technically minded you see!!) and nothing!

there is a document waiting to be printed,but its my invites!only wanted to print one at first to see how it looks.but its just sat there.

the lights are all on the printer and it did its usual noisey bit when i switched it on.

GOD IM SOO STRESSED!!!!!

hub2dee Mon 22-May-06 16:14:57

Blimey... eveveryone types so much faster than me, LOL.

hub2dee Mon 22-May-06 16:16:03

Are you sure your queue is not paused, and that the printer is not wanting ink, and is not 'off line' (ie you might need to press ;online' or 'ready' or 'go' or somesuch...

hub2dee Mon 22-May-06 16:17:17

In extremis, Windows can lose USB capability... it kind of forgets it's there IYSWIM. Fairly rare, but it does happen... I presume your USB bus / hub is visible, and 100% OK in 'Devices Manager' / 'hardware manager' thingy ?

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Mon 22-May-06 16:17:46

Right click on the little icon, open the active printer, right click on the document and purge the printer. Then start again......maybe!?!

Polgara2 Mon 22-May-06 16:17:57

Will it print from another application? Or like a screen dump from the internet?

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:18:10

it doesnt say paused or anything.dh filled it up with ink last time it was used.(about a week ago)

think might just blame dh for doing something to it!

dont understand why its just sat there looking at me not doing as its been told!!(must have been paying attention to my kids!!)

SaintGeorge Mon 22-May-06 16:18:43

Control Panel, Printers, select your printer.

When you have the little window up, select printer again.

There is an option 'use printer offline'.

I can never remember which way round it is but either tick or untick then try printing again.

Polgara2 Mon 22-May-06 16:19:33

Does it do any of the print tests like checking nozzles or cleaning print heads?

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:19:48

just right clicked it and opened printer thingy.still just says 1 document pending for dh

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:21:29

did the thing to print offline,just ticked it,and didnt do anything,changed it back,still nothing

me thinks this printer doesnt like me!

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:22:23

think it does all the checking do dah when its first switched on.it clonked about and flashed but just that and nothing else

Polgara2 Mon 22-May-06 16:22:42

When you have the printer window open and go into properties, ask it to print test page see if this works.

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:23:27

just turned it off and back on again and it clonked and you can hear the scanner thing going across

buffythenappyslayer Mon 22-May-06 16:24:18

the little printer symbol has dissappeared now!

OMG what am i doing??!!!

Polgara2 Mon 22-May-06 16:25:15

You can get at it from the Start menu, printers and faxes!

hub2dee Mon 22-May-06 16:25:53

When you say 1 pending for dh.... you need to delete / kill this job IMHO.

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