Every printer develops some quirks from time to time and stops printing every now and then and the HP LaserJet 4100 is no different. However, some of these problems can be fixed quite simply. Here are some things to try out:
One of the common reasons of printer failure is over-using or under-using it. Those who do not use their inkjet printers often will find that most of the problems arise because of the dried up ink blocking the nozzles. On the other hand, paper jams are one of the most common problems when a printer is used too often.
It is important to start with the basics to see if the problem can be fixed.
First, check if an error message is being shown on the HP LaserJet 4100 printer or whether any warning light was flashing. Check that the paper tray has adequate papers and that the ink and toner cartridges are not empty. The USB cable is plugged in or the printer is connected to the Wi Fi. Try using a USB cable when the printer is giving trouble rather than using the wireless option. Unplug the printer and connect it back again if required.
It could also be that you have installed some software in the HP Laser Jet 4100 printer which has a virtual printer and that has been set at default. So when you hit on Print, a file is being saved on the virtual printer instead of the document being sent to the physical printer.
To make sure, open the Control Panel from the Start menu. Then go to Devices, and from there, go to Printer. Next, right click the correct printer to use and then set that to default. You should also check whether the printer’s status is set to Ready. If it was not so, that was the reason why the printer was not printing in spite of meeting all the other conditions.
Next, make sure that the correct program is selected from Printer, and then you can resume printing.