How to Troubleshoot a Dell V305 Wireless Printer

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How to Troubleshoot a Dell V305 Wireless Printer
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The Dell V305 is an all-in-one printer that features copying, scanning and printing capabilities. The Dell V305 may be plugged directly into your computer, or you may use the included wireless capability to share the printer across your network. Test the current USB port your printer interfaces with by plugging in another USB device to ensure that the USB port is working. If you are connecting to your printer via Wi-Fi, make sure that your router is working properly and that the Dell V305's blue Wi-Fi light is illuminated.

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Things you need

  • Installation disk with drivers

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    Reseat the Cables and Reset the Router

  1. 1

    Shut down the computer and the Dell V305 printer. Power down your router if using the V305 printer as a wireless device.

  2. 2

    Unplug both ends of the USB cable that connects the printer to the computer. Unplug the power cable.

  3. 3

    Reconnect the USB cable to the printer, then to the computer. Plug the printer into the same USB port as before, unless you have never successfully connected to the printer. Plug it into a different port in this case.

  4. 4

    Power on your router, if applicable. Turn on the printer, and reboot the computer.

    Delete Redundant Printers

  1. 1

    Click on "Start," then "Control Panel." Click on "Classic View" in the left column.

  2. 2

    Open "Printers." Make sure you have only one "Dell V305" listed. Open a one-page document in your word processor, and print to each printer to determine which is your current printer if you see more than one "Dell V305" listed.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the current printer, and left-click on "Set as default printer." Right-click on any other "Dell V305" printers, and right-click on "Delete."

    Reinstall Drivers

  1. 1

    Return to the "Control Panel." Open "System."

  2. 2

    Click on "Device Manager" in the left column if using Windows Vista. Click on the "Hardware" tab if using Windows XP, then click on "Device Manager."

  3. 3

    Expand "Printers" by clicking on the "+" to the left of the category. Double-click the "Dell V305."

  4. 4

    Make note of any error messages under "Device Status."

  5. 5

    Click on the "Driver" tab. Click on "Update Driver" to allow Windows to search for a newer driver.

  6. 6

    Click on "Uninstall Driver" if the printer still doesn't work, then reinstall the drivers.

    Redetect Your Wireless Settings

  1. 1

    Click on "Start," then "Programs."

  2. 2

    Click on "Dell Printers," then "Dell V305."

  3. 3

    Click on "Dell Wireless Setup Utility," and follow the on-screen prompts to go through the wireless set-up wizard again.

Tips and warnings

  • Research any error messages displayed in the Control Panel or on the printer itself at the Dell website or at the Microsoft website.

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