Why Isn’t My Printer Working?

You printed a document last night and now, this morning, your computer can’t seem to talk to your printer.  What gives?  It’s a common problem which has several possible causes.

Power?

Check to make sure your printer is on.  Is the printer securely plugged into the outlet? Is your house experiencing a power outage? You can try a different outlet too.

Printer Cable Securely connected?

Printer Cables (Source: WikiMedia)

Printer Cables (Source: WikiMedia)

If your printer has a cable connecting it to the computer, is it securely fastened?  Check the connections at both the printer and the computer.

WiFi?

If you have a wireless computer, check to see that your WiFi is working. Does your computer have the WiFi turned on?  Is the signal strong enough? Is the WiFi working on the printer?

Is it Wednesday?

If you have a Windows machine, Microsoft sometimes sends out updates on “Patch Tuesday”, the second Tuesday of every month.  (Microsoft has been talking about discontinuing “Patch Tuesday” for the past year or two, in favor of automatic updates, so this may not be a reliable indicator in the future.) Occasionally, the update will change some of your computer’s settings.  Try reinstalling the printer.  You can also check to make sure you have the proper driver installed for the printer. Even if Microsoft moves from a monthly update to automatic, any update can still mess with your printer settings.

When All Else Fails:

Turn your computer off and back on.  Turn the printer off and back on.  Sometimes that will reset whatever bug was preventing you from printing.

If you still can’t print, it might be time to bring in the services of an independent IT professional.

Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fifteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more on our website, or give us a call 303-618-0154. Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area as well as remote service throughout North America.

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My Power Went Out!

It’s winter here in Colorado and that means blown down or frozen power lines.  The power goes out at our home about once every four to six weeks in the winter and we’ve learned what to do to keep our equipment safe.

Power Lines Down | Source: WikiMedia

Power Lines Down Source: WikiMedia

It’s really simple:

When the power first starts to flicker – the lights turn off for a half second or the smoke detector beeps – we go around the house and unplug everything from the wall.  This includes the computers, printer, TV, stereo, entertainment system, everything that would be expensive or inconvenient to replace.

What about a Surge Protector?

Surge protectors are okay, because you are not always at home when the power goes out and they do provide a small amount of protection.  Just know that they are not always able to provide 100% protection to all of your equipment.

Don’t forget your Router:

Remember to unplug your router as well.  Many times, we’ve been called to a client after a power outage and they’re no longer able to get their internet service.  Sometimes the power surge will “fry” the router and there’s nothing to be done but to get a new one.

If your power had been out and you need help adjusting your settings for your printer or router, just let us know!

Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fifteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more on our website, or give us a call 303-618-0154. Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area as well as remote service throughout North America.

We’ve been using Amazon Prime for the past few years.  We like the free 2-3 day shipping and the online streaming. I haven’t tried the Kindle lending library yet.  I’ll try that next!   Prime is normally $99/year, but you can try it for 30 day for free by clicking on this link: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial (Yes, we’ll get a small commission when you sign up.)

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My WiFi Isn’t Working!

It sure is frustrating when your WiFi isn’t working.  We rely on it to get work done and keep in touch via email.  Facebook and Instagram, of course, rely on a good solid connection to the internet too.

If the WiFi itself isn’t really broken, then there are a couple of quick things you can do to get it working again.

My WiFi isn't working!

My WiFi isn’t working!

Airplane Mode?

First, is your device in Airplane mode or has the WiFi been turned off? On some laptops there is a simple switch (usually in the front) that is easy to accidentally turn off.  On other machines you’ll need to hold the function key and “radio” key down at the same time to toggle it on or off.

Forget the connection

Tell your device to “forget” the connection, then reconnect and reenter your WiFi password.

Router

If you have access to the router, turn it off, wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on again. Then, relog into the wifi on your computer or other device.

Call Your ISP

If you’re still not having any luck, call your Internet Service Provider (CenturyLink, Comcast, Xfinity, Rise Broadband, etc.).  Let them know that your WiFi isn’t working.  They should be able to tell you if it is something they can fix, or if you need to call in outside help.

You’ve followed these steps, but still your WiFi isn’t working?  Give us a call!

Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fifteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more on our website, or give us a call 303-618-0154. Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area as well as remote service throughout North America.

We’ve been using Amazon Prime for the past few years.  We like the free 2-3 day shipping and the online streaming. I haven’t tried the Kindle lending library yet.  I’ll try that next!   Prime is normally $99/year, but you can try it for 30 day for free by clicking on this link: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial (Yes, we’ll get a small commission when you sign up.)

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Acronyms for Texting

Are you ever mystified by some of the acronyms that show up in your text messages, or sometimes on Facebook as well?  More than once I’ve had to look up an odd string of letters to figure out what they mean.

Texting Acronyms

Texting Acronyms

Most of us have figured out OMG, BFF, ETA, and LOL.  Even ROTFL and LMAO are fairly common.  But how about other acronyms like AAMOF, L2M, L8R, ENAT,

Here’s a run down of some of the acronyms you might see:

  • 911 – Emergency
  • AAMOF – As a Matter of Fact
  • AFK – Away from keyboard
  • BAE – Before Anyone Else
  • BFF – Best Friends Forever
  • BRB – Be Right Back
  • BTW – By The Way
  • ENAT – Every Now and Then
  • ETA – Estimated Time of Arrival
  • FML – F* My Life
  • FR – For real
  • FTW -For the win
  • GTFO – Get the f* Out
  • GTG – Got To Go
  • HBD – Happy Birthday
  • ICYMI – In Case You Missed It
  • IDC – I don’t care
  • IDK – I don’t know
  • IDRK – I don’t really know
  • ILU – I love you
  • IMO – In My Opinion
  • IMHO – In My Humble Opinion
  • IMU – I miss you
  • IRL – In Real Life
  • JC – Just Chilling
  • JK – Just Kidding
  • L2M – Listening to Music
  • L8R – Later
  • LMIRL – Let’s meet in real life
  • LMK – Let me know
  • LOL – Laugh out loud
  • LMAO – Laughing my a$$ off
  • LY – Love You
  • MY – Miss You
  • NMU – Not much, you?
  • Noob – Newbie
  • NM – Never mind
  • NP- No problem
  • NSFW – Not Safe For Work
  • OMG – Oh my goodness
  • OMW – On My Way
  • PAW or PRW- Parents are Watching
  • POS – Parent Over Shoulder
  • QT – Cutie
  • ROTFL – Rolling on the Floor laughing
  • SLAM – Stop Looking At Me
  • SMH – Shake My Head
  • SOS – Help me
  • STFU – Shut the f* Up
  • TBH – To be honest
  • TGIF – Thank Goodness for Friday
  • TMI – Too much information
  • TT4N – Ta Ta for now
  • TTTT – To Tell the Truth
  • TTYL – Talk to you later
  • TMSAISTI – That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
  • THX – Thanks
  • WTH – What the heck
  • WYD – What are you doing
  • WYM – What do you mean

For parents wondering what their kids might be saying, here’s a list of sexting terms.

And finally, YW. (You’re welcome!)

Chris Eddy of Geek For Hire, Inc. has been providing computer service to families and small businesses with Mac’s and PC’s for the past fifteen years. His company is highly rated by both the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and by Angie’s List. You can find more on our website.  Geek For Hire, Inc. provides onsite service (Tier 3) to the Denver / Boulder / Front Range area as well as remote service throughout North America.

We’ve been using Amazon Prime for the past few years.  We like the free 2-3 day shipping and the online streaming. I haven’t tried the Kindle lending library yet.  I’ll try that next!   Prime is normally $99/year, but you can try it for 30 day for free by clicking on this link: Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial (Yes, we’ll get a small commission when you sign up.)

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