The First Things You Should Know About Printers/Multifunction Printers
For most of us, our computer usage revolves around a small handful of tasks: keeping up with friends and family, keeping tabs on happenings in the world through blogs, news websites, and other content websites, and keeping up on work. While those first two fields may not require much beyond attention, chances are, the third task - keeping up on work - requires a printer. Whether you're a student, a lawyer, or a novelist, the ability to print is critical to the functionality of your computer.
Provided that you have one, your printer is likely connected to your computer in one of two ways: either over your Wi-Fi network, or through a USB cable. (While other solutions exist, most connections fall into one of these two categories.) When you tell your computer to print something, whether it is a document, a photograph, or a pie chart, that data is sent from your computer, over the connection protocol (over your Wi-Fi network or USB cable), and into the printer, which turns the computer code it receives into text, images, or charts on printed pages.
So What Does a Printer/Multifunction Driver Actually Do?
The process above - from document to cable to printer - is governed by a very particular and important piece of software: the printer/Multifunction driver. This driver acts just like every other driver on your computer - it serves as a set of directions that tell your computer and your other devices how to interact with one another. In the case of printer/Multifunction, it tells your computer how to change data from documents, images, and charts into a language that the printer/Multifunction device can understand so that it can print them out.
What Happens if Your Printer/Multifunction Driver is Outdated or Broken?
Unfortunately, if the directions that govern your printer/Multifunction fail, then so too do those devices. This is because they cannot function without the instructions provided by your device driver. When a device driver fails, a myriad of issues can occur - the least of which is losing your ability to print!
While the most obvious printer/Multifunction driver issue is no longer being able to print or even find your printer/Multifunction device (even when hooked up to your computer!), there are several others - like system slowdowns, data loss, and even system crashes. If there are errors in the driver, which can occur if they become outdated or corrupted, then your computer may not be able to handle the instructions that it provides - this is what causes computer crashes.
Some common printer/Multifunction driver errors include:
- The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources.(Code 3)
- The device cannot start. (Code 10)
- The device is not configured correctly. (Code 1)
- Operation could not be completed.
- Printer driver was not installed.
- Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close.
- This application is unable to continue running due to an internal error.
Regardless of whether you're running the newest release of Windows 7, or even an unpatched version of Windows XP without even Service Pack 1, printer/Multifunction driver issues can still occur. While there are a number of ways to both fix and prevent these from occurring - which we will explain soon - the easiest is to simply download and install Driver Genius.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Xerox Phaser 3120driver. In this case - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we also recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
What You Can Do to Make Sure Your Printer/Multifunction Driver is Running Correctly
You can select one of two ways to repair any printer/Multifunction driver issues that you may have, and we have found that one of these ways is significantly more complicated and difficult than the other. We will let you decide which is which, and how you wish to repair your printer/Multifunction driver issue.
The first way involves opening Device Manager, finding your printer/Multifunction, and checking the signature date of the driver. Now, open up your Internet browser, and navigate to the driver page of your printer/Multifunction and take note of when the newest driver was released. If it's more recent than your current driver, download it, uninstall your current driver, install the new driver, and then reboot your system. In order to make sure that every device driver on your computer is up to date, repeat this process for each.
Alternatively, you could download and install Driver Genius, and press one button. Driver Genius will then locate all of the drivers on your computer, check to see if there are updates available for them, and download and install them - all of which it does automatically, and faster than any user, whether they are a professional or an amateur.
How Can You Avoid Ever Having Driver Conflicts Again?
If you're looking at this page, then there's a good chance that you're dealing with a printer driver that has failed or has encountered problems. There is an equally likely chance that you desperately need to have your printer functioning, as printers, inexplicably, tend to fail when assignments or time-sensitive events are occurring in which you absolutely must have your printer.
It is in these situations that Driver Genius truly shines - by automatically monitoring and updating all of your device drivers, including your printer/Multifunction driver, Driver Genius guarantees that you will never have to deal with driver issues at the worst possible time ever again. While it cannot fix all of the problems of your computer, it can make sure that none of them are related, in any way, to driver issues
Why Only Official Drivers Should be Installed
This may not be the first page that you've found advertising help for driver woes - there are many pages out there. Some of them are probably even offering to repair your device drivers with their own, third-party drivers, and possibly these companies claim to make your printer print faster, or make other parts of your computer run more smoothly.
Here's the truth of the matter, though: only the drivers programmed by the original manufacturers should be used on your computer, and regardless of what third-party groups say, they cannot make your device run any faster. Rather, there's a good chance they are hosting viruses, spyware, and other types of malware within their faulty drivers. While their purpose may be benign, third-party drivers will never run as well as the device driver of the original manufacturer - and due to this, you should only install official drivers. Thankfully, Driver Genius installs only official drivers.
What Can Driver Genius Do For You?
- Guarantee that you never have device driver issues again: By continually monitoring both your computer and the websites that host device drivers, Driver Genius will keep your drivers up to date and running at top speed at all times.
- Greatly hasten the speed of computer maintenance: By checking, downloading, and installing all necessary device drivers at once, Driver Genius can maintain your device drivers at a tiny fraction of the time that even the most skilled computer technician could do.
- Save you potentially huge amounts of money: By making sure that none of the issues your computer faces are driver related, Driver Genius will save you from having to take your computer into the computer repair shop for driver-related issued ever again.