If the data sent to the printer is corrupted or interrupted, you may notice the printer printing gibberish instead of the source document. This printing of random symbols is a common driver related issue and can happen with any printer as reported by several printer users in the Microsoft Community Answers.

Actually, I’m going to install HP laserjet 5L in my laptop. and of course I used the windows update which is in the “Add a Printer” tab, and install the laserjet 5L driver. the problem is when I’m trying to print a document it appears like symbols and random letters.

Follow the steps in this article fix hp laser printer printing gibberish problem.

My printer is printing random symbols

1. Run Printer Troubleshooter

  1. Click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Click on Update and Security.
  3. Click on Troubleshoot tab.
  4. Under “Group and running” click on the printer.
  5. Now click on Run the Troubleshooter.
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  6. Now Windows will run the troubleshooter and scan for any issues affecting the printer.
  7. Apply any recommended fixes and reboot the system. Try to print again and check for any improvements.

2. Update Printer Driver

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmg.msc and press OK to open Device Manager.
  3. In the Device Manager, expand the Printer section.
  4. Right-click on your Printer and select Update Driver.
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  5. Select “Search automatically for updated driver“.
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  6. Windows will look at any pending updates for the driver and install it. This may require an internet connection to download new drivers.
  7. If the updates are installed, reboot the computer and check for any improvements.

Ensure that your printer drivers are always updated automatically with these driver-updating software solutions.


3. Clear the Printer Queue

  1. Clearing the printer queue can help you to clear any unwanted printing tasks that may be creating issues with the printer data.
  2. Press Windows key + R to open Run.
  3. Type control and press OK to open Control Panel.
  4. Go to Hardware and Sound > Printers and Devices.
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  5. Now double-click on your printer.
  6. Cancel all the print jobs assigned to the printer.
  7. You should also be able to cancel the print jobs from the taskbar.
  8. Now try to print again and check for any improvements.

4. Uninstall and Reinstall Printer

  1. Press Windows Key + R to open Run.
  2. Type control and press OK to open Control Panel.
  3. Go to Hardware and Sound > Devices and Printers.
  4. Now right-click on the printer that you want to remove and select Remove Device.
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  5. Click Yes to confirm the action.
  6. Once the Printer is removed, you need to reinstall the printer.

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