Sunday, 3 April 2016

How to Setup HP LaserJet P1102 for Printing with Windows PC

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So you just bought a new HP LaserJet P1102 printer and you’re thinking you need a technician to set it up for you? Not when you’re subscriber on this blog. It is actually a simple task or maybe I should put it this way: “Simple for tech guys”. That’s not proper, I believe if you know how to use a computer you’ll be able to follow the steps in this post to set up P1102 model of LaserJet printer from HP (Hewlett Packard). Now let us get started by briefly talking about the printer itself before the steps. Windows 7 Operating System (OS) is the case study OS that will be used for illustration.

HP LaserJet P1102
HP products are one the first people think of when they intend to buy quality computing devices and accessories. Printers from this great company are not an exception. The P1102 model of HP LaserJet printers is an ideal printing machine for office or home use when colored printing is not a necessity. A new pack of this printer is normally sold with the following:

  • Power cable (To connect printer to power source)
  • Printer Cable (To connect the printer to PC)
  • Software Installation Disk
  • Some booklets to guide you.

How to Setup the Printer
This section deals with how the setup can be done. It’s really easy; just follow the steps below carefully

  1. Connect your printer to the power source using the power cord that came with your printer. The power port is a 3-pin port at the back of the printer.
  2. Switch it on by pressing the power button in front of the printer.
  3. Next switch on your computer and connect the printer to it using the communication cable (USB cable with a B connector that plugs to the printer).
  4. Insert the installation disc into your CD-ROM drive and you should see an auto play prompt as shown below. If no auto play pops up then right click on the CD-ROM drive and select the option to install directly from the drive or bring up auto play.
  5. If you’re using auto play click the option to install from your media and carefully do whatever the installation wizard instruct you.
  6. Once the installation is complete, print a test page to see that all is well. Try to inspect the quality of the print-out and the printing process in general. Endeavour to contact the sales support personnel if you notice anything strange with your printing machine.

While setting up the printer you may encounter some hardware or software problems. Software challenges may result from improper installation of the printer driver. Try to reinstall if this is the case. Other software problems may include OS configurations, virus and so on.
Hardware problems normally occur due to cable connections, bad cables, low voltage or a fault with the machine (which is rarely the case with new HP products). Stabilizers or Uninterrupted Power Supplies (UPS) with voltage control capabilities can be used to solve the problem of low voltage. You may also experience hardware problems if hardware requirements are not met. For example on windows 7 OS it is required that your PC’s RAM is 1GB and you must have 350MB free space on your hard drive. If there is a problem with the machine itself then it should be returned immediately for replacement.

You don’t have to call up your technician to get your printer set up. With the guide provided in this post, it should be an easy task. Though Windows 7 is the case study OS used, the process of installation is similar for other Windows OS (with just slight differences). Thanks for reading this post. Best of luck
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