How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Nathan Your Own Question
Nathan, Engineer
Category: Printers
Satisfied Customers: 24941
Experience:  Computer networking/repair. 12+ years experience.
Type Your Printers Question Here...
Nathan is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Used to print faster than my old HP - printed a page in

Customer Question

Used to print faster than my old HP - printed a page in seconds. Now plods along so slowly I can almost hear when it prints the next line -
JA: Can you guesstimate how old your HP is? And just to clarify, what's the exact model?
Customer: MFC - J875DW, purchased at Best Buy about 4 years ago. Product registration sent in.
JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?
Customer: PC - don't know what an operating system is.
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: Issue started about 2 weeks ago but I don't print that often. Needed to print 4 pages of important document today - almost went to Kinko's.
JA: Anything else you want the printer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: Well - on the select portion (fax, copy, scan) a Red X comes up along with what looks like a house. In frustration last week, I punched something and it printed as quickly as it used to.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Nathan replied 7 months ago.

Hi, I'm Nathan.
Sorry to hear that you're having trouble, but I'll do my best to help you. Please give me a few moments to review your details here.

Expert:  Nathan replied 7 months ago.

Does this happen on copies as well (not just computer prints)?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Only when I make copies.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Not willing to invest $39 in this printer but I appreciate your offer to help.
Expert:  Nathan replied 7 months ago.

You are seeing an automated ad by the site for a call or remote session, this is optional and may be ignored if you wish.

Expert:  Nathan replied 7 months ago.

Since it happens only on copies (not computer prints) you may have a stray setting here causing it, and can try scaling back the quality/resolution, which will make it go more quickly. Copying in black instead of color will also be faster.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Again, not willing to invest $39 in this printer. Probably time to get another one anyway. Thanks for your offer of help. I am signing off now. Hope you receive this.
Expert:  Nathan replied 7 months ago.

You don't need to invest more, as I said that is an ad from the site, just ignore it if you wish.

You can try the setting I mentioned to lower the resolution/quality. Beyond that, this is a hardware failure (bad logic board/eeprom) and replacement is indeed the recommended resolution, this printer is far past its designed 3 year service life.

If looking for a replacement, I’d recommend any of the Epson workforce series printers. They tend to be very reliable, are easy to set up and use, have good print quality, and reasonably priced ink. Example: or

Note that these, like all consumer grade inkjet printers, are designed to be low cost and are essentially disposable after a few years, subsidized by the high cost of ink cartridges. If you wish to have a better quality and longer lasting printer, that comes with years worth of ink up front, consider the Epson ecotank models instead:

Alternately, for a more business/commercial grade product that will be rated for a 5 year life, consider a laser printer. Lasers cost more up front also, but a toner cartridge can last for thousands of pages. A black only all in one laser is around $125:

while a color model is about twice that:

If you have any other questions, just let me know. Otherwise, please take a moment to rate my service as this is the only way I am credited for my time. Hopefully I have earned 5 Stars but if not please let me know what I can do to ensure you are satisfied. I also invite you to contact me directly with any future support needs at and ask for Nathan.

Thank you, ***** ***** a nice day,