I generally believe that most of the technology we use nowadays is a GOOD thing. Please note the words “generally” and “most”. Today is NOT that day! Today is one of those “I’m-so-frustrated-with-my-printer-and-computer-that-either-my-head -is-going-to-explode-or-I-may-be-throwing-my-perfectly-fine-printer-out-the-window” kind of days. Instead of my printer taking the well-deserved hit, though, I’m quite certain my blood pressure is the real victim in this obvious threat to my health and sanity.
I take a small measure of pride in the fact that I have, by and large, taught myself everything I know about using a computer and printer over the course of many years and several businesses that I owned, all with websites that I had to learn how to work with. My point being that I’m not a total idiot or complete newbie in this realm, but I definitely concede that I am by no means an expert either….. not even remotely so.
My current dilemma started about a week or so ago. Actually I’m not certain precisely when because I don’t always use my printer every single day. That, however, is about when I first noticed that my printer would not print anything from my iMAC computer. Oh it will still make a “copy” of something you lay on the screen but that’s all. Upon further investigation, my computer has, for some reason, decided to completely shun the existence of my printer. One day they’re communicating and playing nicely together and the next, His Majesty, Sir MAC has completely snubbed Ms. Canon and declares repeatedly that he most definitely cannot even find her at all! How can that possibly be?!! I assure you, she has not moved from her permanent residence, a mere 6 feet or so from His Highness. All her proper lights are on and everything seems to be in working order. Sir MAC, too, remains unchanged as far as I can tell. In fact, I wasted the entire first half of this precious holiday away from work trying desperately to facilitate their detente. My dear son-in-law also made a very valiant attempt to help over the phone. They’re still not speaking to each other.
I have two possible theories as to the cause of this stonewalling. Theory #1 – my cats have recently decided they’re in love with a spot on my sewing table where they can look out a back window while reclining fully….apparently prime real estate in the cat world. This spot is very close to Ms. Canon and I have witnessed them, on several occasions, being very curious and getting real up close and personal while she is actively printing something out. So, theory #1 is that perhaps they stepped on her and pressed something they shouldn’t have.
Theory #2 is the more viable choice, in my opinion. About 2 weeks ago I decided to upgrade my Spectrum/Time Warner TV services just a tad. This unexpectedly involved a new modem and wireless router and a new password as well. I followed the scanty instructions for connecting my computer and never thought twice about this possibly affecting anything else. In all of the combined efforts, today, however, there was never an opportunity to even input the new password anywhere…..a puzzle for sure. We feel the key is in the IP address but that magic number has remained ‘unlisted’ and does not appear on the network configuration page we printed out. Oy vey!!!
I have exhausted my limited knowledge on this topic and am reluctantly throwing up the white flag of surrender. Being the devout “time conservationist” that I am, I can’t stand wasting so much valuable time and burning up so many gray cells on this anymore. Machines – 1 (as in won!) vs. Humans – none and done! I figure the cost of having someone from Geek Squad come to investigate would probably be as much as buying a new printer. I will most likely find myself at a nearby Staples in the coming days.
Harry Houdini couldn’t have done it any better ….. hidden a printer in plain sight …. no smoke, no mirrors!