Peripherals · Printers · Technology

HP initiative to Smart Printing with Smart Assistant

Thanks to this new initiative by the renowned American multinational information technology company, HP that you can now start talking to your printer also. This means you can simply give the print commands without even touching the device. To make this happen, digital assistants are coming in the action, courtesy by HP. However, the feature is not built into HP printer yet.


But users can still avail the functionality considering it a new skill to use with their smart speaker or assistant application. Both of these will go perfectly with all HP’s web-enabled printers. According to the HP’s Anneliese Olson, bringing in voice into the home printer is undoubtedly a useful application of the technology.


“This virtual assistant ecosystem makes a real sense for the busy families who want to save a single minute of theirs to utilize it doing some other task. Connecting a printer to the virtual assistant is a natural extension and a great initiative within the smart home. With this, you will be able to directly give the commands such as “print out my reminders”, “print out my notes” or “print some graph papers”, says Hewlett Packard in a report. You even don’t need to make a mouse click or tap on your device’s screen.

The company is planning to embed these virtual assistants into its web-enabled printers in the upcoming years. In the meanwhile, you will have to use an intermediary device such as a smart speaker or assistant app.

Key Role of Smart Assistant

The smart assistant app can not only help you with smart printing but also tell you if you are low on ink or the right time to fill in or replace your printer’s cartridge. The assistant helps you save your time that you put in hunting through the settings screens on your computer system. These skills can now be availed by the customers and HP has also created three separate landing pages for each one:

  1. Google Assistant
  2. Alexa
  3. Cortana

Considering behind-the-scenes updates, the company can easily upgrade the printing capabilities of Google Assistant, Alexa and Cortana in the upcoming time. This is to respond the growing number of commands to print or change the printer’s configuration or change the printers’ settings.

While HP is the first company to bring in this initiative, you can also expect other printer manufacturers to gradually follow HP’s footsteps as most of the gadgets we use today come up with some kind of voice assistant built-in. The rise of the smart speaker is now occupied by one in six Americans.

Lena Smith has  keen passion towards technical writing has given him new achievements. Her passion for writing on technologies and latest devices has indeed made the interface to any device much easier for users. She loves to write about the latest HP Support, Sony printers, Brother Printer, Avast & AVG antiviruses along with all the errors associated with them.



How to fix “HP laptop unable to turn on” error?

HP, the popular tech giant needs no introduction today. It offers a plethora of tech products that are designed and developed with the advanced technology. HP product portfolio comprises of laptops, printers, notebook PCs, desktop PCs and more. Having so much of perfection in the making, these products may stop working due to the occurrence of an error. One of the common errors is when your HP laptop doesn’t starts. In such an event, a user cannot understand the actual problem because he/she doesn’t get any error message. Thankfully, this error can also be fixed by following manual steps. But, before you look over these steps, make sure the following

  • The power cable is connected properly
  • Switch of the main power supply is ON


Perform a hard reset

A hard reset will leave the following impact:

· Clears the memory

· Reestablishes the connection between the hardware and the BIOS

It can help in the following situations:

· When Windows goes blank

· Windows doesn’t respond

· Any software or application stops working or freezes

· Computer system doesn’t wake up after sleep or hibernate

Run System Extensive Test

For this test, do the following:

1. Press and hold the power button to turn it off

2. Now, switch on the laptop by pressing the power button

3. Keep on pressing the Escape key repeatedly

4. You can now see the Startup menu

5. Press the F2 key to open the System Diagnostic Screen that may be different in look and color

6. Click System Tests followed by Extensive Tests on the next page

7. Click Run Once

8. This may take huge time; let the process complete

After following all these troubleshooting steps, if you still face the same error and unable to start your HP laptop then contacting HP customer support may work in your favor. The customer support of this renowned tech leader has a team of highly experienced technicians who are capable enough to fix all common as well as complex issues associated with the HP laptops, HP desktops, HP printers and other peripheral devices. You can also contact them if your HP printer or the laptop is not connecting to the internet network. Rest assured; you will get an instant solution!



How to fix “HP laptop is unable to connect to the Wi-Fi” error?

HP laptops are known for their superior performance and high specifications. Every HP laptop is built keeping in mind the demands of the users as well as continuously growing technology. To update the laptop with upcoming features and to download other software as well as applications, you definitely need an internet connection. Now, every HP laptop can be connected to the internet via two mediums:

  • Wired
  • Wireless

Most of the laptop users prefer to connect it through a wireless connection as it is a convenient way to access the internet. But sometimes users face an issue in connecting the laptop to a wireless connection. In fact, this is one of most common errors occur in HP laptops. If you are also facing the same and looking out for a quick solution of it, then this article is only for you. Below we have provided some troubleshoot steps that would definitely fix this issue out!

  1. Automatic Troubleshooter

  • Before you check the troubleshooting steps, make sure that the Wi-Fi button available on the keyword. This key should be turned on in order to view the available Wi-Fi connections and to connect to any Wi-Fi network among them.
  • If everything is OK and still the problem persists, then click Start and enter Troubleshooting into the Search bar
  • Now, choose Troubleshooting and click Network and Internet
  • Click Internet Connections
  • Click Advanced
  • Click Run as administrator (if present), check Apply repairs automatically, and then click Next
  • Click Troubleshoot my connection to the internet
  • Click Next
  • This will troubleshoot the issue
  • Now, you can connect to the Wi-Fi connection
  1. Reinstall the Wireless Network Adapter Driver

A missing or corrupted driver file can also cause this error. To fix this, remove and reinstall the wireless network adapter drivers. This will also clears registry values and reset configuration to ensure that the drivers are being setup and used by the Windows. You can reinstall the drivers by two ways:

  • Reinstalling the Wi-Fi driver using HP recovery manager (recommended)
  • Reinstalling the Wi-Fi driver using device manager
  1. Update Wireless Network Adapter drivers

Make sure that the Wi-Fi network adapter drivers are updated to the latest version available. This would automatically fixes up this and many other bugs related to performance and frequently dropped internet connections. To do so, you can choose any of the following way:

  • Updating drivers from third-party websites
  • Getting drivers from HP
  • Installing updated Windows LAN drivers using device manager
  1. Microsoft System Restore

If you were using the Wi-Fi connection on the same laptop previously, but now the device is not connecting, then go for Microsoft system restore option. Restore your system files to a date and time when everything was working fine.

Apart from the aforementioned, you can also try the following troubleshooting tips to solve this issue:

  1. Change your wireless environment
  2. Restore BIOS settings to the default
  3. Reset your routers settings
  4. Try changing the channel band selection on your router
  5. Update the router firmware to fix the network connection

If the problem still persists, then contact HP customer support and get the solution by a certified technician.



How to Fix Slow Performance Issue in a HP Laptop with Windows 10 OS?

No doubt HP laptops are ruling over the market. They are preferred because of their exclusive features like high-performance, reliability, innovation, technology and design. One can choose from a number of HP laptops depending upon their specific requirements. Like other machines and devices, an HP laptop may also stop working due to different issues; slow performance is at the top amongst all. This error can happen in both a new or an old laptop, you have been using for so many years. Before we tell you the steps for troubleshooting this slow performance issue, here are the tips that can avoid this problem:

  1. Storage Space

Make sure that there is minimum 15% free space on the hard disk drive and if it running out of space, then take an immediate action. Keep deleting unnecessary files along with temporary and junk files.

  1. BIOS Update

Using the updated version of any application or software is always good. That’s because the new version or the update automatically fixes out some of the bugs and issues. To update the BIOS (Basic Input Output System), refer to the HP Support Document. Under updating the BIOS section, find your specific Windows version and install the latest BIOS.

  1. Updating Graphic Drivers

Go to Windows search option and enter Device Manager. You will see a list of devices; expand Display adapter. Now, right-click the graphic device and select update driver software. Select Search automatically for update driver software. Follow the further displayed instructions and restart your laptop to finish the installation.

  1. Update Antivirus installed on your device regularly and perform a virus scan

Troubleshooting the issue

If the software or applications take longer than the necessary time to respond, then try these solutions:

  1. Use HP Support Assistant

Go to the taskbar and click HP Support Assistant icon. On the My Device tab, click the option “check for updates and messages”. Once the update is done, install the updates.

  1. Perform a system cleanup

A hard drive of a laptop or computer system directly affects its performance. And if it is cluttered with temporary or junk files, then it could slow down your PC’s performance. So, empty your recycle bin, delete temporary files, remove viruses, spyware by scanning the system and check for hard disk drive errors as well as corrupted windows files. To remove the corrupted files, search and right-click Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator. Now, type sfc / and hit enter to begin the scanning.

SFC or System File Checker will find and replace the corrupted windows files. Restart your device and use it like new!

  1. Managing Applications and other system features to boost up the performance

All you need to do is restart and open the applications you use mainly. Now, run the program compatibility troubleshooter. Before you do that, make sure there is only one antivirus software is installed on your system. Now identify all those processes that are consuming too much system resources. You can check this in task manager. Change the setting to control which application will start at the launch of Windows. Turning off unnecessary graphical features would also work in your favor.

  1. Manage free space to avoid memory allocation issues 

If the problem still persists, feel free to contact HP support and get an immediate solution.



How to Setup a Wi-Fi Connection using the Dell ControlPoint Software?

Did you just purchase a new Dell laptop or want to get rid of your old LAN connection? In the both cases, setting up a Wi-Fi connection would go perfect. With a wireless connection, you don’t need to be bound at a place due to a limited length of the LAN cable. You can setup a Wi-Fi connection to your Dell laptop with variety of ways. One of those ways is using Dell ControlPoint connection manager software. Wondering how? We will tell you step by step procedure for the same:

  • Click Start button and open All Programs
  • Now, click Dell Control Point and then Connection Manager
  • Open Dell Control Point Connection Manager
  • Select Profiles and then Add
  • You will see an option “To create a Location Based Profile, enter the profile name”. Tick the check box
  • Also check the box in front of “Choose the type of network connections you want to configure” along with the box in the left of Wi-Fi Radio
  • Click Next and then provide a connection name in the “Connection Name” box
  • Now, hit View to the right of Network Name
  • Click OK in front of the Wi-Fi connection you want to setup
  • If that particular connection is not showing then you have to do all the settings manually
  • Enter the security key, if prompted
  • Click Finish and then done
  • Now click Connection Status
  • From the drop-down menu, select Wi-Fi
  • Make sure you check the Wi-Fi profile that you have just created
  • Finally, click Connect
  • You are all set!

At any point of time during Wi-Fi setup, if you encounter an error, contact Dell support immediately. They will definitely provide you the best solution without taking too much time.


Peripherals · Printers

How to Troubleshoot Paper Jam Error in Canon PIXMA MX450 series?

Canon Inc., the renowned Japanese MNC offers a great collection of imaging and optical products. Its product portfolio includes cameras, steppers, photocopiers, medical equipment and printers. For offering high-end printing, Canon printers are demanded all across the world. Some of the key features of Canon printers are:

  • Intelligent touch system
  • Wireless auto power on
  • Creative filters
  • High-quality prints
  • Hassle-free installation
  • Auto scan mode
  • Auto photo fix
  • Easy photo prints
  • Auto document fix

While purchasing a Canon printer, you can narrow down your search from the following filters:

  1. Maximum paper capacity
  2. Maximum paper size
  3. Output type
  4. Printer type
  5. Print speed
  6. monthly volume

While installing the printer’s driver, connecting it to your device, printing documents or connecting it to the wireless or wired internet connection, you may face a problem. Thankfully, these problems have the solution. In this article, we will provide you a step by step procedure to fix the paper jamming error in Canon PIXMA MX450 series that stops the entire printing operation.

This error occurs when a paper during the printing operations get stuck inside the printer. In this case, try removing the paper from the output slot or from the transport unit. If it doesn’t work, follow the below mentioned steps for the same:

  1. Turn off the machine by unplugging the power cord from the power supply, in order to avoid any kind of injury or mishap
  2. Remove all the papers available in the paper tray and open the paper output cover
  3. Check the fine cartridge holder and if you find any piece of paper there, then shift the cartridge holder to left or right side (whichever is easier) and pull out the paper carefully
  4. Just make sure to pull out the paper slowly to avoid further tearing of the paper
  5. Close the paper output cover carefully
  6. Cancel all the print jobs that were in the queue
  7. Restart your device, if prompted
  8. Reload the paper in the paper try
  9. Hit the print command only for a test print
  10. If it prints the paper without any hassle, then go for it

Tip: Before you hit a print command on any of the Canon printer, make sure that you are using the right paper and placing it correctly on the paper tray. If the problem still persists, then contact Canon Printer customer support team and get an instant support by a certified technician. Before you call them, keep the type and model number of the printer ready!



How do I Connect my HP Printer to Wi-Fi?

HP, the most popular company offers a wide variety of products including printers, laptops and desktops.  Its printing range includes both wired and wireless printers that have been highly used all around the world. HP printers contain latest features which are given below:

  1. Great quality prints
  2. Superior performance
  3. High-end technology
  4. High resolution

You can easily connect your HP printer to a network connection. So, if you want to connect two or more computers to a single printer in order to avoid twisted printer cables lying all over your place, then choosing a wireless printer is a perfect choice. To do so, you need a wireless printer, wireless router, USB cable, printer driver and software installation disc. Follow the below mentioned steps to get the desired things done:

Step 1

Install the printer driver and software to the computer systems you want to connect with your printer.

Step 2

Connect printer to wireless network with a USB cable. Once done, turn on your printer.

Step 3

Click on the ‘Start Menu’ and opens the ‘Control Panel’ window. Now, click on the Printer and right click on the printer icon and then click on the properties to open up the printer properties window.

Step 4

After connecting the Printer and computers, click on the ‘Port tabs’ and remove tick from the box with the’ Label Bidirectional Support’ and click on the ‘Add Port’ and click on the ‘TCP/IP’ and then click on ‘New Port’.

Step 5

Now, ‘Add Standard TCP/IP Port’ should appear. Now, click on the ‘Next’ button until you are prompted to enter the ‘Printer name/IP address and Port name. In the ‘printer name/IP address’ entry, type the IP address of the router you will be using. And the Port name filled automatically when IP address has been entered

Step 6

After the all entries, now click on ‘Next Button’. Then the computer automatically finds the printer       and then wait for program fail, now click on the ‘Custom’ in the new window then click on the ‘Setting’.  The ‘Configure TCP/IP address monitor’ should appear

Step 7

Now check the Row on the protocol Setting then enter the Port number. The window already shows Setting the leave it as it is. Now click on the OK button

Step 8

Follow all instructions which shown on the screen and close other remaining window

If still you face the same issue, contact the HP printer support and get the technical help by a certified technician.