What are the Symptoms of Faulty Laser Printer Memory?
Partial or Defective Prints
If you have to print a large job that is too big for your printer’s memory, it will do its best to print to the limits of its capacity but will stop when it reaches that boundary. This will result in a partial print and a document that is all but useless to you. Whilst insufficient RAM might be more of an indication of a necessity to upgrade it, poorly performing or ‘faulty’ RAM will not work to its full capacity...hence the issue. Either way, you will need to purchase new printer memory upgrade.
A laser printer will typically display an error message when its RAM is playing up and this will usually report a ‘limitcheck’ or ‘vmerror’ problem. This may result in a number of unrequested pages being printed with machine code on them, especially if your printer doesn’t have an inbuilt display.
Stuck Print Jobs
Another symptom of bad printer memory is when print jobs seemingly disappear into thin air without printing or simply show in the print queue, unable to proceed further. Clearing the print queue should be quite a simple task, however, the root cause, i.e. insufficient memory, will have to be resolved to avoid the problem persisting.
There are short-term measures that can be taken to alleviate these kinds of issues, such as reallocating memory or printing complex documents in individual sections, but this is technically papering over the cracks, as you’re having to take these laborious steps to mitigate the effects of a bigger underlying memory issue.
If you’d like an easier, stress-free printer experience, we’d recommend taking steps to replace your defective printer memory as soon as you can. If you take the upgrade route, you must remember that printers are like laptops and PCs, in that they will have a maximum allowable amount of installable memory, so be sure to check your printer’s specs and capabilities before you moving forward. Your printer’s manual is a good place to start or you could have a chat with one of our advisers.
Don’t suffer from underperforming printer memory. Take action now. Your work colleagues will thank you for it!