If you're printing documents using one of Hewlett Packard's LaserJet printers, you may have had an unfortunate encounter with a "PCL XL" error. When printing documents, some users have discovered that the printer simply returns a single sheet of paper with the words PCL XL printed on it. This particular problem is often due to the printer having trouble processing and translating images or unique fonts into a printable set of data. Instead of being forced to change your document, you can fix this nagging issue by properly configuring your printer to accept unique text and vector content – along with other content in the future – that may appear in the document you're printing.
Fixing Your PCL XL Error
In order to correct the PCL XL error you've encountered, you first need to access your printer settings. Open your Windows Control Panel and navigate to the "View Devices and Printers" settings. When this window opens, you should see an icon representing your current connected printer. Right-click on the icon attached to your current printer and select "Printing Preferences" from the various options which appear. This should allow you to access the detailed operation parameters of your printer.
Adjusting Your Printer Parameters
Once the "Printing Preferences" window has opened, click on the "Advanced" tab which appears at the top of the window. From here, select the "Optimize for Text and Vector" option which appears within the Print Data Optimization menu. In doing so, you're communicating to your printer that it can accommodate and print various media content in addition to standard text data. Once you've confirmed these settings, your printer should be able to print the intended documents without displaying a PCL XL error.
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Try a test print of the most recent document which encountered the error. If you're still receiving the same message, try restarting your printer in order to ensure that your changes have been properly implemented. At this point, you should be able to complete the printing of your document successfully. If you're still encountering problems, however, you may be able to obtain further assistance by consulting with Hewlett Packard's online support teams.
Keep in mind that this problem is almost always due to a configuration issue with the printer settings options rather than the printer hardware itself. With that in mind, you'll likely be able to resolve this hurdle without being forced to replace your printer.