Troubleshooting Printers and Printing Issues

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Installing and Using Printers

Printer installation and usage -- the document at this link will guide you through installing a printer on a Mac or a PC.

Print Release System

We've implemented a new print release system utilizing print release stations. Please check the Print Release System article for details.

Troubleshooting, Servicing and Repairing Printers

Please use these articles when you've verified that there's a problem with the printer and not a particular computer (e.g. printer giving an error message or multiple computers cannot print to a certain printer):

Troubleshooting Computer-related Printing Issues

Please use these pages when you've verified that the printer works, but a particular computer does not print.

Troubleshooting printer network connectivity problems

See Troubleshooting printer network connectivity problems

Procedure for Resolving Printer Jams

  1. Unplug the network cable. This ensures that the printer doesn't get overwhelmed with queued jobs when you are troubleshooting it.
  2. Resolve the paper jam following the on-screen instructions. Follow them carefully. Always check input trays if the correct paper is inserted and that it is inserted correctly.
  3. Look for bits of torn paper stuck in the way.
  4. Check common locations of jams (e.g. duplexer).
  5. If the print jam seems to be resolved, do not plugin the ethernet/network cable yet.
  6. [Optional] If possible, ask the Helpdesk (and they in turn ask an SRP) to clear the print server queue (bombay or papercut) from old print jobs that are queued.
  7. Before plugging in the network cable, turn off the printer. Some printers have the option to put go to sleep or turn off the LED/LCD display. This is not what you want to do. You want to completely turn off the printer using a physical power switch OR by unplugging the power cable. Wait a few seconds, then plug in the network cable and turn on the printer. This clears cached jobs on the hard drive.

Misc Printing Notes

See Misc Printing Notes

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