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Solving Printer Connection Issues: How to Get Your HP Printer Online
HP printers are known for their high-quality printing capabilities, but even the best printers can experience connection issues. One of the most common problems that users face is getting their HP printer online. If you’re struggling with this issue, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll explain how to get your HP printer online in four easy steps.
Step 1: Check Your Network Connection
The first step in getting your HP printer online is to check your network connection. Make sure that your printer is connected to the same network as your computer or mobile device. If you’re using a wireless connection, ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network and that the signal strength is strong enough.
If you’re using a wired connection, make sure that the Ethernet cable is properly plugged into both devices and that there are no loose connections. Once you’ve verified your network connection, move on to step two.
Step 2: Restart Your Devices
If you’ve confirmed that your network connection is stable but still cannot connect to your HP printer online, then try restarting both devices. Power off both devices and wait for a few minutes before turning them back on again. This will allow them to refresh their settings and clear any temporary glitches.
Step 3: Reinstall Printer Drivers
If restarting your devices doesn’t work, then it’s time to reinstall the printer drivers. Printer drivers are software programs that allow communication between a computer or mobile device and a printer. Sometimes these drivers can become corrupted or outdated, causing connection issues with the HP printer.
To reinstall the drivers, go to the official HP website and download the latest version of the driver software for your specific model of printer. Once downloaded, follow the instructions provided by HP’s installation wizard and complete all necessary steps carefully.
Step 4: Reset Your Printer Settings
If all else fails and you still can’t get your HP printer online, then it’s time to reset your printer settings. Resetting the settings will restore your printer to its default state, which can often fix connection issues.
To reset the printer settings, go to the printer’s control panel and navigate to the “Settings” menu. From there, select “Restore Defaults” and follow any additional prompts that may appear.
In conclusion, getting your HP printer online is a straightforward process that involves checking your network connection, restarting devices, reinstalling drivers and resetting settings. By following these steps in order, you should be able to solve any connection issues you’re experiencing with your HP printer in no time.
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Fix printer connection and printing problems in Windows
If you’re trying to use your printer and run into problems, here are some steps for common printer problems to try to get things working again.
Before you begin
Start by running the automated printer troubleshooter in the Get Help app. Get Help automatically runs diagnostics and takes the correct steps to fix most printer issues.
Open Get Help
If the Get Help app is unable to resolve your printer issue, try the possible solutions listed:
Step 1. Unplug and restart your printer
Sometimes power cycling your printer can resolve the issue. Turn off your printer and unplug it, wait 30 seconds, plug your printer back in, and then turn the printer back on.
If your printer still doesn’t work, continue to step 2.
Step 2. Check cables or wireless connection
Check the cables (for wired printers). Make sure that the printer's USB cable is properly connected from the printer to your PC. If your USB isn’t recognized, see Automatically diagnose and fix Windows USB problems .
Check the wireless connection (for wireless printers) . Do one of the following:
Make sure the printer’s wireless option is turned on and available. Many printers have a button that displays a blue wireless icon when a wireless connection option for the printer is available. To learn where this button is located on your printer and to find instructions about how to turn it on, see the instructions that came with the printer or check the manufacturer's website for instructions.
Run the printer’s wireless connectivity test. Many printers have a menu option to test the printer’s wireless connectivity. Read the instructions that came with the printer or check the printer manufacturer’s website for instructions about how to do this.
If those check out and you’re still having problems, your PC may not be connecting to your wireless network. To learn more, see Why can't I get online? For more advanced help, see Fix network connection issues in Windows .
If you're having trouble connecting to a Bluetooth printer, see Fix Bluetooth problems in Windows .
If you use wireless access points, extenders, or multiple wireless routers with separate SSIDs, make sure you're connected to the same network as the printer for your PC.
If your printer's status displays "Printer in error state," there may be a problem with the printer itself. If these first two steps did not resolve the error, check the printer for low paper or ink, and be sure the cover isn't open and the paper isn't jammed.
If your printer still doesn’t work, continue to step 3.
Step 3. Uninstall and reinstall your printer
Try removing and reinstalling the printer.
Remove your printer
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Bluetooth & Devices > Printers & scanners . Open Printers & scanners settings
Select the printer you want to uninstall.
Select the Remove button. Then confirm you're sure you want to remove this device by selecting Yes .
Reinstall your printer
If your printer is turned on and connected to the network, Windows should find it easily. Available printers can include all printers on a network, such as Bluetooth and wireless printers, or printers that are plugged into another computer and shared on the network. You might need permission to install some printers. To reinstall your printer, follow these steps:
Make sure your printer is turned on and connected. Then select the Add device (or Refresh ) button.
Please wait a moment while Windows searches for the printers that are connected to the device (locally or wirelessly). Windows will then display a list of printers connected to your device. If you see your printer listed, select the Add device button for your printer. If you don't see your device listed, select Add manually .
If you use wireless access points, extenders, or multiple wireless routers with separate SSIDs, make sure you're connected to the same network as the printer for your PC to find and install it.
If you have a new wireless printer that hasn’t been added to your home network, read the instructions that came with the printer and check the printer manufacturer’s website to learn more and to get up-to-date software for your printer.
Tip: You can print a test page to make sure the printer is working correctly. If you've installed the printer but it doesn't work, check the manufacturer's website for troubleshooting information or driver updates.
Reinstall your printer manually
If the system cannot install the printer automatically, you can reinstall it manually. When you select Add manually , you will then see five options to Find a printer by other options . Select the option that applies best for your situation and then follow the steps provided. All of the options can apply for a printer that is connected wirelessly or through your network. However, if your printer is connected directly to your computer locally, select Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings and then select Next .
Reinstall a local printer manually
After selecting Add a local printer or network printer with manual settings , follow these steps:
Select Use an existing port and then select the port the printer is connected to. Then select Next. If the printer is connected via USB, select it from the list. There are also options for parallel (LPT) and serial (COM) ports.
You will now see options to install the printer driver. If the printer came with a disc that includes the driver, select Have Disk . Otherwise, select Windows Update .
Please wait while Windows updates the list of printers. Then select the printer manufacturer from the left column, and the printer model from the right column. Then select Next .
Note: If there are multiple versions of a driver for your device, you might be asked which version of the driver to use. In most cases, you should select Replace the current driver . However, if you're confident the installed driver is correct, select Use the driver that is currently installed .
Type a name for your printer, and then select Next . This name is only for your personal reference, so you can choose any name you prefer.
Select Do not share this printer. (If you want to share your printer with other devices on your network, select Share this printer and enter the name and location.) Select Next .
Select Print a test page to confirm that the printer is working and then select Finish .
If your printer still doesn’t work, continue to step 4.
Step 4. Install the latest driver for your printer
Most printers require the latest driver to work well. To learn more, read How to download and install the latest printer drivers .
If your printer still doesn’t work after you install the latest driver for your printer, continue to step 5.
Step 5. Clear and reset the print spooler
If the previous troubleshooting step is not successful, you may need to clear spooler files and restart the spooler service. The print spooler is a file that manages the printing process. To clear and reset the print spooler:
In the search box on the taskbar, type services , and then select Services in the list of results.
Select the Standards tab, and then double-click Print Spooler in the list of services.
Select Stop , and then select OK .
In the search box on the taskbar, enter %WINDIR%\system32\spool\printers , select %WINDIR%\system32\spool\PRINTERS in the list of results, and then delete all files in the folder.
In the search box on the taskbar, search for services , and then select Services in the list of results.
Select the Standards tab, and the double-click Print Spooler in the list of services.
Select Start , select Automatic in the Startup Type box, and then select OK .
If your printer still doesn’t work, continue on to step 6.
Step 6. Change a printer's status to "online"
If your printer displays an "offline" status, check out Troubleshooting offline printer problems .
If you need help installing your printer in Windows 10, see Install a printer in Windows 10 .
If your PC is running Windows 10 S, some printers might not work with it, or they might have limited functionality. For more info, see Device support on Windows 10 S .
If a USB printer port is missing, see USB printer port missing after disconnecting printer while Windows 10 (version 1903 or later) is shut down .
If you're looking for help with a scanner, see Install and use a scanner in Windows 10 .
If you're having trouble connecting to a Bluetooth printer, see Fix Bluetooth problems in Windows 10: FAQ .
Select the Start button, then select Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners . Open Printers & scanners settings
Under Printers & scanners , find the printer, select it, and then select Remove device .
You'll need to follow different steps to reinstall or add a wireless or local printer. Here's how.
Reinstall a wireless printer
Select Add a printer or scanner . Wait for your device to find nearby printers, choose the one you want, and then select Add device .
If your printer is turned on and connected to the network, Windows should find it easily. Available printers can include all printers on a network, such as Bluetooth and wireless printers, or printers that are plugged into another computer and shared on the network. You might need permission to install some printers.
Reinstall a local printer
If you want to reinstall or add a local printer, plug the USB cable from your printer into an available USB port on your PC, and then turn on the printer.
Under Printers & scanners , look for your printer.
If you see your printer listed, you'll know it's installed.
If you don't see your printer listed, select Add a printer or scanner . Wait for your device to find available printers, choose the one you want, and then select Add device .
Tip: You can confirm the printer is working by printing a test page. If you've installed the printer but it doesn't work, check the manufacturer's website for troubleshooting information or driver updates.
Connecting your printer
When you connect a printer to your PC or add a new printer to your home network, you can usually start printing right away. Windows supports most printers, and you probably won't have to go out of your way to install special printer software. If you're using Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, additional printer support and drivers are available through Windows Update.
To install a printer
In most cases, all you have to do to set up a printer is to connect it to your PC. Simply plug the USB cable from your printer into an available USB port on your PC, and turn the printer on.
For wireless printers with Windows 8.1:
Note: If you have a new wireless printer that hasn’t been added to your home network, read the instructions that came with the printer to learn how to add it. Check the printer manufacturer’s website to learn more and to get up-to-date software for your printer.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings , and then tap Change PC settings . (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, select Settings , and then select Change PC settings .)
Tap or click PC and devices , and then tap or click Devices . If your printer is installed, it should appear under Printers .
If your printer isn’t listed, tap or click Add a device , and then select your printer to install it.
To install (add) a local printer
Click the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, click Devices and Printers .
Click Add a printer .
In the Add Printer wizard, click Add a local printer .
On the Choose a printer port page, make sure that the Use an existing port button and the recommended printer port are selected, and then click Next .
On the Install the printer driver page, select the printer manufacturer and model, and then click Next .
If your printer isn't listed, click Windows Update , and then wait while Windows checks for additional drivers.
If none are available and you have the installation CD, click Have Disk , and then browse to the folder where the printer driver is located. (For additional help, consult the printer manual.)
Complete the additional steps in the wizard, and then click Finish .
To install a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer
If you're trying to add a network printer at the office, you'll usually need the name of the printer. If you can't find it, contact your network administrator.
Click the Start button, and then, on the Start menu, click Devices and Printers .
In the Add Printer wizard, click Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer .
In the list of available printers, select the one you want to use, and then click Next . (If your computer is connected to a network, only printers listed in Active Directory for your domain are displayed in the list.)
Tip: Available printers can include all printers on a network, such as Bluetooth and wireless printers or printers that are plugged into another computer and shared on the network. You might need permission to install some printers. You can confirm the printer is working by printing a test page.
Note: After your printer is installed, you can keep it up to date with automatic Windows 7 driver updates.
Troubleshoot printer problems
Start by checking your hardware.
Make sure that the printer's electrical cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and that the power switch is turned on. If you're printing to a shared printer or a printer on a network, make sure that all necessary computers and routers are turned on too. If your printer or other equipment is plugged in to a surge protector or a backup power supply, make sure that hardware is plugged in and turned on as well.
If you’re using a wired printer, make sure that the printer cable is properly connected from the printer to your PC.
For wireless printers, check the wireless connection. Make sure the printer’s wireless option is turned on and available. Many printers have a button that displays a blue wireless icon when wireless is available.
Next, run the printer’s wireless connectivity test. Read the instructions that came with the printer or check the printer manufacturer’s website for instructions about how to do this.
If your printer's status displays "Printer in error state," there may be a problem with the printer itself. If the previous steps did not resolve the error, check the printer for low paper or ink, and be sure the cover isn't open and the paper isn't jammed.
Use a troubleshooter
A troubleshooter is an automated tool that can find and automatically fix some problems with your PC. The printing troubleshooter can fix problems with installing and connecting to a printer.
Most printers require driver software to work properly. If you recently upgraded from one version of Windows to another, it's possible that the current printer driver is for the previous version of Windows. If you've had recent power outages, viruses, or other computer problems, it's possible that the drivers have become damaged. Downloading and installing the latest driver for your printer can resolve these types of problems.
Three ways to find and install a driver:
Use Windows Update. Windows Update might have an updated version of your printer driver.
Install software from the printer manufacturer. If your printer came with a disc, that disc might contain software that installs a driver for the printer.
Download and install the driver yourself . You can search for a driver on the manufacturer's website. Try this if Windows Update can't find a driver for your printer, and the printer didn't come with software that installs a driver.
Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for Windows 7. Microsoft strongly recommends that you move to Windows 11.
Click here to get more info and learn what it means for you.
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Find out how to How to download and install the latest printer drivers .
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Find out how to view a printer queue in Windows.
If you are having a problem changing your printer "offline" status, go to Troubleshooting offline printer problems .
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How To Fix 10 Common Printer Problems
You might not think much about your printer until it suddenly stops working and in frustration, you ask yourself why is my printer not printing correctly. Then you realize just how important this device is to your daily routine!
There are a multitude of printer issues, from paper jams to connectivity issues. But nothing to worry about as we’ve got you covered. So whether you’re a tech novice or a seasoned pro, these tips will help you get your printer up and running in no time. Here are the 10 most common printer problems and how to fix them.
10 Common Printer Problems and Fixes
1. Paper Jams
Paper jams are a common problem for printers, resulting in time-consuming and frustrating delays. It can occur when loose sheets of paper get stuck in the rollers or feeding mechanism of the printer.
However, it is mostly caused by either mismatched paper size to the tray selected, mishandling while loading paper, dust on printer rollers, improper pressurization of the roller gears, uneven edges of papers, or incorrect paper setting. Most users try to take out the blocked papers quickly which gives rise to further damage. Because sometimes small pieces get stuck between different components inside a printer.
The best way to avoid paper jams is to use good quality paper that fits within the manufacturer’s specifications. Also, ensure proper handling and loading of paper into the respective trays and keep an eye on tray indicators for the remaining amount and amount feed limit for each tray.
Keep your printer clean after regularly checking the clogged corners where dirt particles may accumulate causing misfeeds. Using these precautionary measures along with regular maintenance checks can help you avoid getting yourself into tedious printer troubleshooting tasks.
2. The Printer Is Offline
If you have ever needed to print something urgently and found your printer was showing as offline, how devastating this situation can be. But why does a printer sometimes go offline? The reason is, it could be the result of a variety of causes like unplugging, and internal shortcuts, ranging from hardware issues to simple software problems.
Among the more common technical issues that may bring down a printer are disconnected cables, malfunctioning routers, and low ink levels. Moreover, software problems such as interrupted connections or incorrect settings in your system’s drivers can also cause your printer to show up as offline.
Fortunately, most of these problems can be relatively easy to fix. Check each connection point between the printer and computer to ensure that everything is properly and securely plugged in. If the connections are secure but the printer still isn’t responding to the computer, then go into the settings of both devices.
Make sure that all ports are open and that any required firewall permission has been granted. Additionally, check for any available software updates for both items as these may help with compatibility issues. With a bit of troubleshooting and detailed analysis, a seemingly insurmountable issue can usually be resolved quickly and efficiently.
3. Loaded Queue
A loaded queue is a common issue encountered when attempting to use a printer. It occurs when multiple printing jobs are sent to the spooler simultaneously, causing the process not to respond correctly. In this state, printing may be stuck in the queue until each one is handled individually.
To address this problem, you need to take these steps – Clear any unneeded print jobs from the queue and reboot the printer if necessary. Additionally, allow the printer for active monitoring so that potential issues can be detected quickly and resolved with minimal disruption to operations. If further troubleshooting is needed, read the printer’s manual or contact technical support staff for assistance
4. The Ink Cartridges Are Empty Or Low
Most printer problems stem from empty or low ink cartridges. This can be due to several factors, such as the use of poor-quality cartridges, improper handling or installation, or even incorrect machine settings. It’s important to take some time to troubleshoot the issue before you replace the ink cartridges to avoid wasting money on unnecessary replacements.
With just a bit of effort, you should be able to quickly diagnose and solve most printer problems relating to empty or low-ink cartridges. First, check your printer settings and ensure that the correct ink cartridges are properly inserted into the machine. You may also need to run a few cleaning cycles if your print quality has been suffering for an extended period.
If these adjustments don’t resolve the issue, you’ll likely need to purchase new ink cartridges to restore your printer’s function. Remember that all printers have different needs and requirements when it comes to replacing their cartridges so be sure to consult your user manual for instructions on how to change them safely.
5. Slow Wi-Fi Printing
Despite the numerous technological upgrades to modern printers, it is still common to experience slow Wi-Fi printing. This can be especially aggravating when you’re on a tight deadline for an important project.
To diagnose and troubleshoot this issue, it’s helpful to first identify the root cause. The main factors that contribute to slow Wi-Fi printing include an unreliable or weak Internet connection, insufficient network bandwidth, multiple employers using at the same time, and outdated drivers. You can check tour connection speed by using the Intenet speed test tool .
Starting with your WiFi router or modem, confirm that you have a robust wireless signal and sufficient upload speed per device. If not, try moving the router closer or consulting your ISP if necessary. Then verify that your printer itself is compatible with the latest driver software.
Updating these components could significantly improve performance. Additionally, it’s worth checking any additional devices connected to the same network, including computers, tablets, and mobile phones to ensure they are not using up too much bandwidth. Finally, verify all of these considerations to fix printing problems.
6. Misaligned – Weird-Looking Text
Another common problem that most printer owners face at some point in time is misaligned or oddly-looking text. This is usually caused when the printer’s toner and print heads are not being properly placed, often due to a faulty cartridge or drum unit. To fix this issue, it’s important to make sure that all the moving parts of your printer are working correctly and in sync with each other.
Start by checking the toner level. If it’s too low then try changing the cartridges or refilling them as soon as possible. If the toner levels are normal then you can look at other possible causes such as an incompatibility between the type of paper used and your printer model. Before doing a test print, make sure you have the correct settings.
Also, make sure to align the print head as some printers need manual alignment. With a little bit of maintenance and care, rectifying misalignments should be relatively straightforward and allow you to get back to printing quality documents without any weird-looking text.
7. Streaky, Wet, Plain Ugly Prints
It is not unusual for a printer to run into the occasional problem, such as prints being streaked or wet. This can be caused by several things, including poorly calibrating your printer, using old or damaged paper, or using incompatible printer settings.
If your prints are just plain ugly, it is likely caused by low-quality printers, outdated drivers, or incompatible printer settings. Fortunately, most of these issues can be fixed with a few simple steps.
First, make sure that the paper used is appropriate for your particular model of printer. Using paper that absorbs much ink or has an incorrect texture can lead to poor print quality. Additionally, ensure there is good ventilation in the area around your printer as well as check that no dust or small particles have settled on its parts.
If possible, try to clean up any leaks that may have occurred due to blockages inside the printer tubes. Last but not least, check whether you need to replace the ink cartridges. With these corrections in mind and a bit of tinkering around your printer settings, you should soon be able to produce beautiful documents without any streaks or inconsistencies.
8. Virtual Printer
Virtual printers are a common problem when it comes to operating a printer. This type of issue arises from the use of virtualization software, such as Microsoft Print to PDF. There’s a slight chance that instead of one, there are two different operating systems running concurrently on the same computer.
When this occurs, both OSs believe that they possess the only ‘true’ printer, and this can cause an array of errors and glitches within the computer’s ecosystem. As such, it is important to properly manage these conflicting systems to prevent this from happening.
To solve this issue from happening, utilizing accurate configuration changes and driver updates can minimize it significantly. Moreover, cross-check the print preview window to ensure that you have selected the right printer. Sometimes, the printer goes offline without any notification and the virtual printer moves up to that place.
9. Printer Driver Problem
Printers are essential equipment in modern-day businesses and organizations. However, printers can often run into trouble and one of the root causes is if the drivers become incompatible with their hardware or software. This is known as the Printer Driver problem.
Manufacturers release new printer drivers to keep up with changing technology which can cause compatibility issues. If an incorrect driver is installed it may cause the printer to either print at reduced quality or even completely prevent it from functioning.
To avoid this potential problem, it’s important to make sure you have the most up-to-date driver version installed on your device to ensure your printer works properly and prints optimally without interruption.
It’s also beneficial to check your system regularly so that any driver updates become available as soon as possible for hassle-free printing operations. With proper setup and efficient maintenance, there will be no driver issues or compatibility problems.
10. MFP Won’t Scan Anymore
When a multi-function printer (MFP) stops scanning, it can be frustrating and costly. While there are several potential causes, the most often answer lies in the scanner driver. It could be outdated, configured incorrectly, or even not installed properly.
To fix the problem, your first step should be to restart the printer to see if that resolves the problem. If it doesn’t then check if your MFP driver is up-to-date and properly configured. Well if it’s still not working, choose to update your driver yourself and make sure you select one from a reliable source, as faulty drivers can cause even more problems. However, if none of the steps are working, then it may be time to buy a new printer. As attempts to repair an older model can cost more than simply replacing it altogether.
By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily identify and fix 10 common printer problems. In most cases, the problem can be solved by checking the printer settings, changing the paper type, or replacing the ink or toner cartridges. If the problem persists, contacting a printer technician or your printer’s manufacturer is the best option. Remember to always take the necessary precautions when troubleshooting any printer problems.
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