Repairing or Upgrading Your Printer
Problems with printers can run the gamut from things not working as well as they should to things not working at all. One of the things that makes printer problems more complicated is that they can be caused by hardware or software. Some of these problems you'll be able to fix yourself, while others will require the help of a professional.
Many newer printers have some self-diagnostic tools available to them, both installed on the printer and installed with the printer's software on your computer. Onboard diagnostic software is responsible for displaying error numbers and names on your printer itself, and you can use this information to get more details from other sources. The software on your computer should contain easy repair functionality, such as print head alignment tools. You should always give these diagnostic tools a chance to fix the problem first before taking your printer in to be serviced. If the error messages you're getting refer to a problem that you know you can't fix, or if the repair tools do not help, then a printer repair shop should be able to help.
It should be easy to tell if your printer isn't working, or isn't working correctly, but repairing problems isn't the only thing you might want to think about. Printers use RAM to store print jobs sent to them by your computer and upgrading that RAM can improve your printer's performance in a number of ways. You can upgrade your printer to improve print speed, for example. New RAM may also improve the image quality that your printer can produce, including printing images in slightly larger sizes or at higher resolution. The amount of RAM your printer has also limits how large a print job it can hold in its memory at one time, so more RAM can translate into being able to handle larger print jobs, as well. Printer repair shops should be able to help you upgrade your printer, as well, if it is a model that can be upgraded.
People may joke that it's cheaper to replace a broken printer than to repair or upgrade it. Most printers are less expensive to repair, though, unless the printer is only the most basic or inexpensive model. This is true of consumer-grade multi-function printers, laser printers, and any professional-grade printer.
If your printer isn't working, or isn't working the way you'd like it to, a professional printer repair shop may be able to help. They can help you identify and fix any software or hardware related issues your printer might be experiencing. They will also be able to tell you whether your printer is upgradeable, and, if it is, can make the necessary upgrades.
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