How to Download and Install a Dell A940 Printer

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How to Download and Install a Dell A940 Printer
Dell offers online downloads of its printer drivers. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Dell A940 is an all-in-one printer that combines the functions of a colour printer, copier, scanner and fax machine into one unit. Like any printer, the Dell A940 relies on specific driver software to run the machine on a computer. The printer comes with software that contains this information. However, it's sometimes necessary to install the drivers without a CD driver, or if you've lost the original disc. To do so, Dell offers online downloads of its printer drivers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Dell A490 printer
  • Computer with Internet connection
  • USB cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug your Dell A490 printer and restart your computer.

  2. 2

    Open your Internet browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

  3. 3

    In the Web address bar, type in "http://support.dell.com/support/downloads." This will bring you to the Dell online driver guide.

  4. 4

    Select "choose a model."

  5. 5

    Select "printer" from the list of supported devices.

  6. 6

    Scroll down and select "A490" from the list. Click "confirm."

  7. 7

    Select your operating system (such as Windows XP or Vista) from the drop-down list.

  8. 8

    Select "download" next to the driver.

  9. 9

    Click "open" or "run" when the dialogue box pops up. This will begin your download as well as the installation process.

  10. 10

    Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

  11. 11

    Restart your computer and reconnect the power supply to the printer.

Tips and warnings

  • Always unplug devices when installing new drivers.

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