Solving Printing Problems

When you set up a printer, you may find that nothing prints the first time you try to print a file. Or you may get a little farther: Something prints, but it is not what you expect—the output is incorrect or illegible. Then, when you get past these problems, you may encounter other problems, such as those listed below.

  • LP commands hang.

  • Printers become idle.

  • Users receive conflicting messages.


Although many of the suggestions in this chapter are relevant to parallel printers, they are specific to the more common serial printers.

No Output (Nothing Prints)

When nothing prints, check the following three basic areas.

  • The printer hardware.

  • The network.

  • The LP print service.

Check the Hardware

The hardware is the first ...

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