Printer Problems Produce Full-Color Headaches

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School is back in session. Term papers, book reports, and group projects will soon be due. After countless hours posting comments on Facebook, students will spend a few frazzled moments trying to complete assignments before the due date. Except for the Facebook part, it has been happening like that for a long time.

When you are a procrastinator, you don’t have time for last-minute problems. One problem that pops up in the most inopportune moments is a printer malfunction.

Printer malfunctions threaten the grades and sanity of students and parents alike. Let’s take a look at a few steps we can take to avoid unneeded stress:

Have your computer checked for spyware. There are plenty of hackers out there with an evil sense of humor. Many printer connectivity issues are the result of spyware that is not allowing the exchange to take place. A full computer checkup and virus scan is a great idea for the beginning of the school year.

Make sure your computer is not running too many frivolous printer software programs. This “bloatware” can confuse your printer and make troubleshooting a nightmare. Simple is good. Use the print options available on your word processor and other software applications ... they are usually just as robust as the add-ons your printer comes with.

Keep an extra ink cartridge on hand ... just in case. The last thing you need is to print out your term paper in red because of low ink. It may not be the cheapest solution, since ink cartridges can be pricey, but it may be worth the extra cost to buy a little peace of mind.

Make sure you have a flash drive handy. Consistently save school projects to both your home computer and a flash drive. If it comes time to print and you have no luck, you can always try to print at a neighbor’s house, at a copy center, or even at school. It’s always better to have options.

Computer Problem Specialists is available to help get your computer and printer on the same page. If you need a free virus scan or just some free advice, visit us at www.computerproblemspecialists.com or call (928) 468-0000 to speak with a professional technician.

Printers are a useful tool, and we are definitely grateful to have them. Come Friday morning, though, they better do their job. With these simple steps, you should be well on your way to a house full of “A” students. There’s no need to stress about project deadlines — save your worries for more important things. Like who is going to be at the Friday night football game.

Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.

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