We bought a new printer on Sunday. Our other printer was purchased about 8 years ago, and was so crotchety that even with brand new ink cartridges, color pages often looked like they were printed by beating berries on a rock and then painting them on paper. (Heck, even THAT might have looked better.)
So, we decided that we would get a wireless printer, seeing as how almost all of our "work" is done on our laptops and it would be SO HANDY to just be able to print from anywhere in the house! With
no wires! And no having to turn on our 10 year old desktop behemoth, which is what I've had to do in the past because, somehow, it was a "port" to our other printer. Don't ask me how. Our friend Dave The Magic Computer Guy set it up and it was working FINE!
And it would be handy...if I could actually get the thing to work.
The box makes it sound easy. "Wireless ready" it says, right on the outside, giving the impression that it will come straight out of the box, plug into the wall, and begin printing on a whim.
Nope, not in our house. In OUR house, you must install, UNinstall, and REintstall the software three times...and then it's still not going to work.
STILL. NOT. GOING. TO. WORK.
And, I kid you not, the process with the software takes FOREVER. Not kidding, about 20 minutes for installation and then at least that long to uninstall it. When the screen says, "This may take a few minutes", you might as well go and get a latte and put your feet up, because it ain't kidding.
So, if you add up all of that time? It means I've been trying to install this printer for about four hours, over the last two days. And I'm ready to snap. Or maybe I have already.
Why are computer things never as easy as they look like they're going to be?