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Posted: January 26, 2001
Written by: Dustin "TimmyC" Jones
The printer is probably the most overlooked piece of computer hardware... at least, when it comes to tweaking. Most people just plug it in, install the drivers, and forget about it.
I'm sure you're thinking: "Timmy, are you nuts? What is there to tweak in a printer? I mean, all it does is put ink on some paper!" Well, let me tell you something, anything; and I mean anything can be tweaked - so let's get started shall we?
Maintenance is more important with printers than basically any other piece of hardware. It is very important to keep your printer running smoothly, clean, and free of ink clogs and any other problems it may have.
Printer cleaning isn't a very complex process and differs depending on the type of printer you have. You're best bet is to refer to your printer manual for cleaning instructions. You can also check online if you don't have the manual. You should probably give your printer a thorough cleaning once every 6 months for optimal performance, maybe even more in certain households. If you have pets, make sure to at least blow the printer out thoroughly with compressed air every once in a while. Hair and dust take their toll on printers in a bad way.
The included software with most printers includes head and nozzle cleaning/alignment, so be sure to use all the tools you have on-hand before busting out the chemicals. These can be accessed in the printer Control Panel option.