Clearing printer memory is a solution to problems such as paper jams, cartridge failures and ink blotches which appear when the printer is turned on after it has been stored for some time.
In this article we will discuss 2 easy methods of clearing printer memory, one for printers with a direct USB connection and another method for printers that have a network connection.
Method 1: For Printers With A Direct USB Connection
In this part of the article we will show you how to clear printer memory on a Canon printer which has a USB connection. The steps described below are a very basic guide, so please read the instructions carefully and feel free to print this page for future reference.
1) Turn on your printer and open the cover. Usually, you will need to press a button on the front of the printer before opening the lid.
2) Unplug all USB cables from your printer. If there are any USB devices plugged in (such as a flash drive), please also unplug those as well. After you have unplugged all of the USB devices, wait about 30 seconds.
3) Plug one end of your USB cable into your printer and leave the other end of the cable unplugged (this is to make sure that you don’t accidentally plug it in later).
4) Turn on your printer again. Usually, you will need to press a button on the front of your printer after you have plugged it in.
5) Now wait for about 30 seconds and then turn off your printer.
6) Unplug all USB cables from your printer again. After you have unplugged all of the USB devices, wait about 1 minute.
7) Plug the one end of your USB cable into your printer and leave the other end of the cable unplugged.
8) Turn on your printer again. Usually, you will need to press a button on the front of your printer after you have plugged it in.
9) Now wait for about one minute then turn off your printer.
10) Unplug all USB devices from your printer again. After you have unplugged all of the USB devices, wait about 10 minutes. Do not turn your printer on at any point before this step!
11) Now turn on your printer. Usually, you will need to press a button on the front of your printer after you have plugged it in.
12) Your printer may print a test page or it may just display an error message. If this happens, unplug your printer and then plug it back in again. Your printer will now be able to refresh any memory that has been affected by the lack of use during storage (which causes problems such as paper jams).
Method 2: For Printers With A Network Connection
In this part of the article we will show you how to clear printer memory on an Epson printer which has a network connection. The steps described below are a very basic guide, so please read the instructions carefully and feel free to print this page for future reference.
1) Turn on your printer and open its lid.
2) Download the IP address of your printer.
3) Your computer may warn you that you are downloading a file from the internet. This is normal, so please click ‘Yes’. Make sure that both boxes are checked and then click ‘Save’ to save the file to your desktop. If you have an antivirus program, please temporarily disable it as this may interfere with the process.
4) Unzip the file that you just downloaded and double click on ‘epsonprinter.exe’. This will launch a window called ‘Printers’, so please select your printer from this list and click ‘OK’. If you don’t see your printer below, please click on ‘Add a printer’ to continue.
5) Now click here to download the file that you need to clear your printer memory (it is usually about 15-20MB).
6) After it has downloaded, double click the zip folder and extract the three files using an unzipping program such as WinZip.
7) Connect your USB cable to your computer and printer. If you have a wireless connection, please click here to connect via the Epson Wireless Setup Wizard.
8) Return to the ‘Printers’ window that you opened earlier (make sure that your printer is still selected). Please click on ‘Properties’ for your printer.
9) Now click on ‘Advance’ and then ‘Print Head Alignment’. This will open the file that you just unzipped. Please select your printer brand and model number (if not listed, please contact Epson Support).
10) Click on ‘Run Head Alignment’ to align the print heads. Make sure that the print head is placed in its central position before starting. After it has completed, click ‘OK’ and then ‘Yes’ to reset your printer.
11) Please repeat Steps 1-10 for any additional printers that you have.
Tips And Cautions For When Clearing Printer Memory
1. Do not turn your printer on or off more than 3 times after clearing the memory (this may cause errors).
2. Do not unplug the USB cable until Step 10 has been completed successfully. Doing so may cause errors.
3. Do not use a USB extension cable between your computer and printer during the clearing process. Doing so may damage your printer ‘s USB port, meaning that you will have to pay for its repair.
4. If the error message ‘Printer’s Ink Pad is at the end of its service life’ is displayed, this means that there has been a problem with the printer ‘s waste ink pad. You will need to contact Support for more information.
5. If you are using your printer frequently, it is important that you check the status of your printer ‘s waste ink pads once every two months (or one month if you use your printer heavily).
The worst case scenario would be that you print an image and it gets cut off halfway through. Please note that this cannot be resolved through the clearing of memory, so please contact Support for more information.
So, this is all about How To Clear Printer Memory. We hope that you found this article useful. Just remember that this is not for permanent use. We recommend that you regularly clean your printer ‘s heads to get the best results.