How to install a printer on a computer
A printer is an essential peripheral for a modern computer. Without a printer, your computer workspace will NOT be complete. Therefore, printers are equally often found both in offices and next to ordinary home computers.
One of the main problems that users have with printers is the difficulty in installation. Perhaps this is because the printer cannot be simply plugged into the computer like a mouse or keyboard. In this article we will tell you how to install a printer on a computer or laptop.
The whole process of installing a printer on a computer can be divided into three stages:
- Connecting the printer to the power supply;
- Connecting the printer to the computer;
- Installing drivers;
In order for the installation of the printer to no longer cause you any problems, we will consider all three THESE stages in as much detail as possible.
Connecting the Printer to the Power Supply.
The first thing to start with is connecting the printer to the mains. There can be nothing complicated here. Place the printer where it should be, and plug it into the nearest power outlet. In most cases, a regular cable is used for connection. The same cable connects the monitor, system unit and other devices.
The only remark is that when installing the printer on a computer, it cannot be connected to power supply through an uninterruptible power supply (UPS, UPS). The printer should only be plugged directly into a wall outlet. The point is that the printer is using too much power, so you still CANNOT use it from the UPS. Otherwise, the battery will discharge too quickly or may fail altogether.
Connecting the Printer to a Computer.
The next step in installing the printer is directly connecting the printer to a computer or Notebook. A variety of interfaces can be used to connect a printer. But, at home, ordinary USB is most often used. Therefore, we will consider this particular option.
Look at the USB connector on your printer, if it’s blue and oblong, then it’s USB 3.0. If it is white (gray / black) and square with beveled corners, then it is USB 2.0.
So, after you have found the right cable (USB 2.0 or USB 3.0), connect one end of the cable to the computer and the other to the printer.
Please note that the USB cable has a different connector shape from different sides. The flat connector is called “Type A” and connects to your computer. The square (USB 2.0) or blue oblong (USB 3.0) connector is called “Type B” and connects to the printer.
Installing Printer Drivers.
Once you have connected the printer to your computer and power supply, you can start installing the drivers. Typically, the printer comes with a driver disc. From this disk you need to install the driver for the printer, after which the printer can be used.
If you have lost the driver disc, then you can download the driver from the official website of your printer manufacturer.
Insert the driver disc into the drive and start the driver installation. The process of installing a printer driver is quite simple and almost does not differ from installing any other program.
The only difference is that the installer may require you to disconnect the printer and reconnect it. In this case, simply unplug the USB cable and plug it back in after a few seconds. After that, the process of installing the printer drivers should continue.
After the driver installation is complete, the printer is ready to use. In some cases, you may need to restart your computer.
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I have such a problem, I have a floppy drive on my netbook, how can I install it without it. There is no flash card either. You can download information from the Internet.
Well, go to the official website of your printer manufacturer, find your printer model there and download drivers for it.
How to install a pantum printer on a laptop
It is considered that after purchase, a new laptop or computer is ready to use. In practice This is not true, and before you start using a new laptop, you need to perform a number of steps.
Our readers often send us questions: I bought a new laptop and what to do next, where to start, how to set up a new asus laptop, how to set up a new lenovo laptop, how to set up a new acer laptop, how to set up a new HP laptop. The procedure for setting up a new laptop is the same and does NOT depend on the manufacturer. It should be noted that it is more profitable to purchase a new laptop with a preinstalled operating system, rather than separately a laptop and a Windows operating system. In addition to the fact that buying a laptop without an operating system and Windows separately will cost more, you may have to use the services of a specialist in installing the operating system on a laptop.
When you turn on the laptop for the first time on the Windows operating system, when entering the settings, the system will ask for a username and password. It is not necessary to create a password, if you DO NOT create it, you can enter the computer without a password. If you did not create a password on first launch, you can create one if needed in the User Accounts section. You should NOT rely on your password to reliably protect against unauthorized access to the laptop; it will NOT be difficult for a specialist to quickly reset the Windows password and gain access to the system. We wrote about this on our website in the article How to reset your password on Windows. The account password will help limit access to the laptop for children and not very advanced computer users. To reliably restrict access to the laptop, you need to use more complex settings and special tools.
Partitioning a hard drive
If your new laptop has only one partition that contains both the operating system and data, it must be split into two partitions. This can be useful later if you need to reinstall the operating system. When reinstalling the operating system, all user data on the disk on which the operating system is installed will be destroyed. If the data is placed on a different drive (after the hard drive is partitioned), it will be preserved after reinstalling the operating system. In Windos 8 and Windows 10, there are several ways to partition your hard drive.
Standard Windows tools. To open the disk management tool, press WinX, from the menu that appears, select Disk Management. Shrink your volume (with the right mouse button, click Shrink Volume) and create a new partition on the free disk space. We recommend leaving the system partition at least 100 GB.
With the help of third-party programs. For partitioning the hard drive, as well as other actions for managing the hard drive, there are many programs, both free and paid. We recommend EASEUS Partition Master Home Edition. The program is free for home use, there is Russification, the program is in English. Be very careful and careful when partitioning a hard drive. Manufacturers often create hidden partitions on the hard drive, where they place a backup of the operating system. You can accidentally delete hidden partitions and be left without a system backup. Also, if the hard drive is NOT working properly, the system areas may be deleted and Windows may NOT boot.
Removing trial versions (trial) and unnecessary programs on a laptop
Laptop manufacturers earn extra money by installing trial versions of various programs. Antivirus programs and Microsoft office suite are often installed this way. After a while, the program stops working and starts “asking for money”. I suggest purchasing the full version. If you do NOT plan to purchase these programs, it is better to uninstall them immediately. Each user has programs that he is used to using and trusts. It is better to immediately purchase and install the paid and free required software.
We often get a question: what programs need to be removed from a new laptop or computer. Typically, laptop manufacturers install a trial version of the antivirus program that stops updating and sometimes working 30-45 days after the antivirus program is launched. Many users do not know anything about this and after a while are left without anti-virus protection. If you do not plan to purchase Installed antivirus, it is better to uninstall it immediately and install one of the free antiviruses, which provides basic protection against viruses. We have an overview of free antiviruses on our website.
Many programs can be installed on a laptop, the purpose of which is not known to the user. As a rule, most of them are Trial versions and programs with limited functionality. To get information about a program, you can type its name in any search engine. After receiving information about the program, you can make a decision whether it is needed on a laptop. As a rule, the less programs are installed on the computer, the more stable it works. It is better to immediately remove everything you do not need and install the necessary. There is a danger of overdoing it, not worth uninstalling programs from the laptop manufacturer, with which you can update the drivers on the laptop. There is an opinion that it is better to immediately reinstall the operating system, and install the necessary drivers and programs from the laptop manufacturer’s website on a clean system.
Installing drivers, operating system updates
All available operating system updates must be installed on the new laptop. Updates must be installed because they fix the found security problems, eliminate operational problems, and increase the stability and performance of the operating system. On the laptop manufacturer’s website in the support section for this model, you can download and install all the latest drivers and the latest BIOS version. Some laptop manufacturers install special programs that can download and install new device drivers. Windows 10 installs device drivers automatically. Manual installation may be required if the devices are NOT working correctly. Drivers can be downloaded from the device manufacturer’s website in the support section.
Installing codecs for playback of all video and audio formats
A new laptop will often NOT play some video and audio formats by default. To play various video and audio formats on your computer, you need to install the K-Lite Codec Pack or install a player that supports all audio and video formats, for example VLC Media Player. On Wndows 10, this problem may NOT arise, the operating system out of the box supports many different audio and video formats. You can download the codecs and the player from the official websites of the developers.
After setting up a new computer or laptop, you can install the necessary programs on it. We have an article on our site that tells about what free programs everyone may need What programs are needed for a computer and laptop
If the computer or laptop is not working fast enough, you can read it on our website Computer or laptop slows down, what to do
Reasons why the laptop does not see the printer
It happens that the PC system does not see the connected external device. This can happen with a WEB-camera, speakers and a printer. Let’s find out what reasons contribute to the fact that laptops do not see printing devices and how to fix it.
Before sending the device for recycling, you should still find out the reason why the laptop does not see the printer. This is an important point, since many of the nuances can be corrected on your own.
First of all, you need to make sure that all cords and usb cables are connected to the PC. Equipment dysfunction may occur due to a loose contact or USB cable. It is also worth checking the units for damage. In this situation, try connecting the printer to the ports, then Inspect the cable. Remember to turn on the device. The reason for the non-working state may be a banal inattention of the user. This is the first reason why the laptop does not recognize the printer via usb.
Installing and malfunctioning drivers
It often happens that the laptop does not “see” the Canon printer. The reason for this malfunction is mainly drivers. Breakdowns are easy and quick to repair. It is enough to install the computer software. Often, drivers “fly off”, that is, they are damaged or completely removed. If you have a Canon brand device that your PC does not see, you should check the drivers.
The best solution would be to remove them completely and reinstall them. This can be done using a disc, the media with the software is included with any printer, including Canon. But if for any reason they are not there, then don’t be discouraged. It is enough to go to the official website of the manufacturer and download them from there for free.
Check printer settings
The cause may be the wrong device selected as the print source.
If there are several installed printing units of different brands: HP, Canon, etc., it is worth going into the settings and see which printer is selected as the main one. It so happens that the settings get lost.
All the “breakdown” of the equipment lies in this detail. To eliminate it, just select the brand of the device you need and save the parameters. If you do not have the printer you want, such as HP, try reinstalling its software.
A common and important cause of equipment failure. If such an incident happened, then you need to completely remove the operating system and reinstall it again. The process takes a long time to restore the system and install all the necessary drivers for the PC and printer. Next, check the operation of the printing device, if the problem is still NOT resolved, check all the points described above.
If the device does not function, then the following reasons are possible:
- Not installed all the necessary programs. drivers;
- Breakdown of the printer.
In the second case, we recommend contacting the service center or purchasing new equipment.
Laptop and printer
In addition to the reasons already mentioned above, one of the options is the incompatibility of the system. Often, when buying a printer, people do not pay attention to the characteristics of the device. So, as a rule, all supporting systems are described, when installed on which the printer will work properly. If you do not take into account the details, then you can think for a long time over the premise of equipment malfunction.
The problems cannot be resolved because the operating system does not support drivers at all. If there is such a problem, we recommend looking for software on the Internet, including on the official website of the company that manufactures this equipment. If the search was successful, it is enough to indicate the required device model and download the file.
Then it will start the installation process and follow all instructions. Try to delve into every word you write. If the software requires you to turn off the printer during installation, then follow these instructions. Deviation from the installation rules will lead to incorrectly loaded drivers, and affect the operation of the printer.
The above are the main reasons why the laptop does not “see” the HP and second-brand printer. There are tips for eliminating various types of breakdowns. A large proportion of this type of malfunction occurs due to dysfunction of the driver system. If you have problems, we recommend that you follow all the tips described above, if the problem still cannot be solved, then you should contact a specialist.