Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you urgently need to print a document or project, only to be met with a malfunctioning printer that refuses to cooperate? You’re not alone. The flashing lights, paper jams, and annoying error messages like “out of yellow ink” are all too familiar to printer users, regardless of whether they use brand-name cartridges, refills, or compatible ones. Even the OEM manufacturers have pages of support forums dedicated to addressing printer issues. It’s no wonder that popular culture is also starting to showcase printer problems. Just the other night, on Modern Family, Phil struggled to set up a new printer for his father-in-law with predictable results.
Let’s face it; printers are complex devices that are often taken for granted. We forget just how intricate they are, considering that they have to fire thousands of ink droplets at incredible speeds while simultaneously drying quickly on paper to prevent smudging. It’s no wonder that even the most reputable printer brands can experience technical difficulties.
We encourage you to take a proactive approach to printer maintenance by learning more about your printer’s features and how to troubleshoot common issues. In doing so, you can save yourself time, money, and frustration, and ensure that your printer performs optimally for years to come. As a final note, we leave you with one of our favourite comics from the Oatmeal that humorously captures the joys and woes of printing.