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Blinking Lights on the HP Deskjet F4100 All-in-One Printer Series

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Blinking Lights

The following sections describe the most common combinations of blinking (flashing) lights displayed on the product control panel, followed by solutions for each combination. Find the blinking lights pattern you are experiencing, and then follow the steps to resolve the issue.
NOTE:An E might also appear in the Number of Copies display. This is an additional indication that there is an issue with the product that needs to be resolved. The presence of an E, however, does not affect the meaning of the blinking lights, and can be disregarded for troubleshooting purposes.
Figure 1: HP Deskjet F4100 product control panel with the lights indicated
Illustration of the HP Deskjet F4100 product control panel with the lights indicated
1 - Paper Type lights
2 - Check Print Cartridge lights
3 - Resume light
4 - Power light
NOTE:There might be more than one solution for some blinking lights patterns. After you find the pattern that matches your blinking lights pattern, try each solution in the order presented until you resolve the issue.

Issue: All the lights are off

In this normal condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Off
  • Resume light: Off
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Off
  • Paper Type lights: Off
Figure 2: All the lights are off
Illustration of the control panel with all the lights off

Solution one: Turn on the All-in-One

Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
Figure 3: Press the power button
Illustration of the Power button on the control panel
If the product does not turn on, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Make sure that the All-in-One is plugged in

Follow these steps to make sure that the power cord is connected to the rear of the product and plugged into an electrical outlet.
  1. Check the rear of the product to make sure that the cord from the power supply is inserted securely into the power connection.
  2. Check the power supply to make sure that the power cord is securely plugged into it.
  3. Check the electrical outlet to make sure that the power cord is securely plugged into it.
    Figure 4: Check the electrical connections
    Illustration of the product electrical connections
  4. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  5. If the product does not turn on, follow the same steps and try a different wall outlet.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Press the Power button more slowly

The product might not respond if you press the Power button () too quickly.
Press the Power button () once slowly to turn on the product.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Reset the power module, and then test the power

Follow these steps to first reset the power module on the power cord, and then test the power on the product.
Step one: Reset the power module
The power module has a safety feature that protects the product during a power surge. If you experienced a recent power surge, you might need to reset the power module. Use the following steps to reset the power module.
  1. Disconnect the power supply from the rear of the product.
    Figure 5: Disconnect the power cord
    Illustration of disconnecting the power cord from the rear of the product
  2. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet, power strip, or surge protector.
  3. If the product uses a power module with a detachable power cord, disconnect the cord from the power module.
  4. Wait 15 seconds.
  5. Reconnect the power cord to the power module.
  6. Plug the power cord directly into a wall outlet. Do not use a power strip or surge protector.
  7. Check to see if the power module has an LED.
    • If the power module does not have an LED, continue to the next step.
    • If the power module has an LED, check to see if the LED lights up.
      • If the LED does not light up, contact HP to replace the power module. To buy a compatible power module, right-click the following link, How to Buy HP , and then click Open in New Window.
      • If the LED lights up, continue to the next step.
Step two: Test the power on the All-in-One
Follow these steps to test the power on the product.
  1. Reconnect the power supply to the rear of the product.
  2. Press and then quickly release the Power button () to start a power on/off cycle. Do not hold the button down.
    Figure 6: Press and then quickly release the Power button
    Illustration of pressing and then quickly releasing the Power button
    If you press and hold the Power button too long, the product might turn on and then turn off without restarting. If this happens, press and quickly release the Power button () again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution five: Test the power with a compatible power cord from a different All-in-One

If you have another available power cord that is compatible with the product, use the alternate cord to test the power.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
    Figure 7: Disconnect the power cord
    Illustration of disconnecting the power cord from the rear of the product
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Connect the alternate power cord to the rear of the product.
  5. Plug the alternate power cord into the wall outlet.
  6. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  • If the product turns on with the alternate power cord, the original power cord caused the issue. Contact HP to replace the power cord. Right-click the following link, How to Buy HP , to buy a compatible power cord.
  • If the product does not turn on with the alternate power cord, continue to the next solution.

Solution six: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Power light and one of the Paper Type lights are on

In this normal condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Resume light: Off
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Off
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 8: The Power light and one of the Paper Type lights are on
Illustration of the control panel with the Power light and one of the Paper Type lights on
    The product is on and ready to print, copy, or scan.

Solution one: Copy, Scan, or Print

Press the appropriate button(s) on the product control panel to perform the intended task.
  • If the product operates normally, allow the product to complete the job.
  • If after trying the task, a blinking light or combination of blinking lights displays on the product control panel, find the pattern you are experiencing in this document, and then follow the steps to resolve the issue.

Issue: The Power light blinks

In this normal condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Blinking
  • Resume light: Off
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Off
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 9: The Power light is blinking
Illustration of the control panel with the Power light blinking
    The product is busy copying, scanning, printing, or performing a maintenance job, such as alignment.

Solution one: Wait for the All-in-One to complete the job

Wait for the product to finish processing a copy, scan, print, or maintenance job.
  • If the product completes the job normally, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the product is unresponsive for more than 60 seconds, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Cancel and then retry the task

Follow these steps to cancel and then retry the current task.
  1. Press the Cancel button () on the control panel, and then press the appropriate button(s) on the control panel again to perform the intended task.
  2. If you cannot cancel the task, press and hold the Power button () for three seconds to turn off the product.
    • If the product successfully turns off, press the Power button () to turn on the product, and then press the appropriate button(s) on the control panel again to perform the intended task.
    • If the product does not turn off, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Reset the All-in-One

Follow these steps to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a power reset
  1. With the product turned on, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.
  8. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Power light blinks quickly for 3 seconds, and then remains on

In this normal condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Blinks quickly for 3 seconds, and then remains on
  • Resume light: Off
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Off
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 10: The Power light blinks fast for 3 seconds, and then remains on
Illustration of the Power light blinking fast for 3 seconds, and then remaining on
    A button on the control panel was pressed while the product was busy copying, scanning, printing, or performing a maintenance job, such as alignment.

Solution one: Wait for the All-in-One to complete the job

Allow the product to complete the current job.
  • If the product completes the job normally, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the product is unresponsive for more than 60 seconds, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Cancel and then retry the task

Follow these steps to cancel and then retry the current task.
  1. Press the Cancel button () on the control panel, and then press the appropriate button(s) on the control panel again to perform the intended task.
  2. If you cannot cancel the task, press and hold the Power button () for three seconds to turn off the product.
    • If the product successfully turns off, press the Power button () to turn on the product, and then press the appropriate button(s) on the control panel again to perform the intended task.
    • If the product does not turn off, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Reset the All-in-One

Follow these steps to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a power reset
  1. With the product turned on, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.
  8. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Power light blinks for 20 seconds, and then remains on

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Blinks for 20 seconds, and then remains on
  • Resume light: Off
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Off
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 11: The Power light blinks for 20 seconds, and then remains on
Illustration of the control panel with the Power light blinking for 20 seconds, and then remaining on
    The product is trying to process a task and there is a communication problem with the computer.

Solution one: Make sure that your computer is turned on

Follow these steps to make sure that your computer is turned on.
  1. If the computer is turned off, press the power button on the computer to turn it on.
  2. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Check the connection between the All-in-One and the computer

Follow these steps to make sure that the USB cable is securely connected to the product and the computer.
Step one: Disconnect and then reconnect the USB cable
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
    CAUTION:Do not disconnect the power cord during this step.
    Figure 12: Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product
    Illustration of disconnecting the USB cable from the rear of the product
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the computer.
  3. Wait five seconds.
  4. Securely reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the computer.
  5. Securely reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
    Figure 13: Secure the USB cable
    Illustration of reconnecting the USB cable into the rear of the product
    NOTE:Make sure that the USB cable is connected correctly. The icon on the USB cable () generally faces up when the cable is correctly connected.
Step two: Test the connection
Press the appropriate button(s) on the product control panel again to perform the intended task.
  • If the product operates normally, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the lights on the control panel still blink, continue to the next step.
Step three: Replace the USB cable
  1. Securely connect an alternate USB cable to the product.
  2. Securely connect the alternate USB cable to the computer.
    NOTE:HP supports USB cables less than 3 meters (9 feet 10 inches) in length.
  3. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Install the HP software

You must download and then install the HP product software in order for your computer to detect the product.
Step one: Install the HP software
  1. Turn on the printer.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the printer and the computer (if you already connected it). If the printer is connected to your network, leave it connected.
  3. If the Welcome to HP Support page opens, follow these steps:
    1. Type your printer model number.
    2. Click Go.
      You might need to select your printer model number from a list of similar printer models.
  4. Select your operating system, and then click Next.
    A list of drivers and other downloads display.
  5. Scroll down the page, and then click Driver - Product Installation Software.
  6. Click Download next to the full feature or solution software and driver listed, and then follow the on-screen instructions to save the driver to your computer.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Resume light blinks

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Resume light: Blinking
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Off
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 14: The Resume light is blinking
Illustration of the control panel with the Resume light blinking
    The paper tray is closed, or a problem exists with the paper, carriage, or paper feed rollers.

Solution one: Open the paper tray

Follow these steps to open the paper tray.
  1. Pull on the top of the closed tray to open it, and then gently lower the tray until it is horizontal and stops.
  2. Fold out the tray extender, and then flip up the paper stop at the end.
    Figure 15: Lower the paper tray, Fold out the tray extender, and then flip up the paper stop
    Image of lowering the paper tray, folding out the tray extender, and flipping up the paper stop
    NOTE:For best results when loading legal-size paper, fold in the paper tray extender before loading the paper to avoid a paper jam.
  3. Press the Resume button () to resume the task.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Load paper

Follow these steps to load letter or A4 paper into the product.
  1. Lower the paper tray, and then fold out the tray extender toward you to catch paper as it exits the device.
    NOTE:For best results when loading legal-size paper, fold in the paper tray extender before loading the paper to avoid a paper jam.
    Figure 16: Lower the paper tray, and then fold out the tray extender
    Illustration of lowering the paper tray, and then folding out the tray extender
  2. Slide the paper width guide to its outermost position
    Figure 17: Slide the paper width guide to its outermost position
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide to its outermost position
  3. Tap the stack of paper on a flat surface to align the edges.
  4. Make sure that the paper is free of rips, dust, wrinkles, and curled or bent edges, and that all the paper in the stack is the same size and type.
  5. Insert the paper into the paper tray print side down until it stops. To avoid bending the paper, make sure that you do not push the paper in too far, or push too hard. If you are using letterhead, insert the top of the page first.
    Do not use too much paper. Make sure that the stack of paper is no higher than the top of the paper width guide.
    NOTE:Forcing the paper too far into the product might cause multiple sheets of paper to be fed through the print mechanism, or cause a paper jam.
    Figure 18: Load paper into the product
    Illustration of loading paper into the product
  6. Slide the paper width guide inward until it stops at the edge of the paper.
    Figure 19: Slide the paper width guide against the edge of the paper
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide against the edge of the paper
  7. Press the Resume button () to continue the task.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Match the paper settings to the print job

Use one of the following methods to change the paper size settings in the print driver to match the print job. Create a custom paper size only if the correct paper size is not an option.
  1. In the program you are using on your computer, click File, and then click Print. The Print window opens.
  2. In the Name: drop-down list, select the correct product, if it is not already selected.
  3. Click Properties or Preferences in the upper-right corner of the Print window. The Properties or Printing Preferences window opens.
    NOTE:The name of the button or window depends on the software you are using.
  4. Click the Features tab.
  5. From the Size: drop-down list, click More to access the paper size options. The Size is: window opens.
  6. In the Size is: list, scroll down to the appropriate paper size category, and then select the paper size that matches the paper loaded in the product.
  7. Click OK to accept the settings.
  8. Try the intended task again.
  1. In the program you are using on your computer, click File, and then click Print. The Print window opens.
  2. In the Name: drop-down list, select the correct product, if it is not already selected.
  3. Click Properties or Preferences in the upper-right corner of the Print window. The Properties or Printing Preferences window opens.
    NOTE:The name of the button or window depends on the software you are using.
  4. Click the Features tab.
  5. From the Size: drop-down list, click Custom. The Custom Paper Size window opens.
  6. In the Name box, type a name for the paper size you are using. For example, if you are printing on 101.6 x 203.2 mm (4 x 8 inch) envelopes, type 4x8 envelopes.
    NOTE:You must type a custom size name in the Name box. If you do not, the Save button is unavailable when you try to save the setting.
  7. In the Paper Size area, type the measurement in the Width and Length boxes. For example, if you are printing on 101.6 x 203.2 mm (4 x 8 inch) envelopes, type 4 in the Width box, and then type 8 in the Length box.
  8. In the Units area, select the appropriate unit of measure, and then click Save.
    NOTE:If Save is unavailable, make sure that there is a name for the setting in the Name box.
  9. Click OK to accept the settings. The Custom Paper Size window closes.
  10. From the Size: drop-down list on the Features tab, click More.
  11. The Size is: window opens.
  12. In the Size is: list, scroll down to Custom, and then select the custom paper size you created.
  13. Click OK to accept the settings.
  14. Press the Resume button () to clear the error, and then try the task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Clear any jammed paper

Follow these steps to clear a paper jam from the product.
Video of clearing a paper jam
The following video demonstrates steps for clearing a paper jam.
NOTE:This video shows the HP Deskjet F4180 printer. The outside of the printer might not look the same as your printer, but the steps are the same.
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The following recommendations can help prevent recurring paper jams in your HP product.
  • Before loading paper in the tray, hold the stack of paper, and then tap the bottom edge on a flat surface so that the stack is even on all sides.
  • Make sure that the length and width adjusters on the tray are correctly positioned, and then push the stack of paper forward until it stops in the tray.
    CAUTION:Do not force the paper to move too far forward in the tray.
  • Do not overload the tray with paper.
  • Only add paper to the tray when the product is not printing.
  • Make sure the HP product supports the paper type. See the documentation that came with the HP product for more information.
  • Do not print on paper with paper clips or staples attached.
  • Do not use paper that is bent, torn, dusty, damp, wrinkled, curled, or paper that does not lie flat.
  • Use only one type of paper at a time. Do not mix different types, weights, or sizes of paper.
  • Do not use paper that is too thin, too thick, or too glossy for the product.
The following factors can cause paper jams:
  • Paper loaded incorrectly in the paper tray.
  • Damaged or dirty paper rollers.
  • Torn, wrinkled, or damp paper loaded in the paper tray.
  • The rear access door might not be closed or is not locked into place.
  • Paper was added to a stack already in the tray while the HP product was printing.
  • The tray contains more than one type of paper.
  • The paper is jammed inside the HP product where you cannot see it.
  • An obstruction is blocking the paper path.
  • Torn pieces of paper from a previous jam are stuck in the product.
  • The tray is too full.
  • If printing on an envelope, the edges of the envelope are bent.
Step one: Remove any loose paper
Remove any loose sheets of paper from the input tray and the output tray.
CAUTION:Do not remove jammed paper at this stage. Trying to clear jammed paper from the front of the product can damage the print mechanism.
Remove any loose paperDo not pull jammed paper
Illustration of loose paper in the paper trayIllustration cautioning against pulling jammed paper
Step two: Clear the paper jam from the rear of the All-in-One
CAUTION:Always try to pull jammed paper from the rear of the product or the paper tray. Pulling paper from inside the front cover can cause mechanical damage to the product.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  3. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
    Figure 20: Disconnect the power cord
    Illustration of disconnecting the power cord from the rear of the product
  4. Remove the rear access door. Press in the tab on the left side of the door, and then pull the door away from the product to remove it.
    Figure 21: Remove the rear access door
    Illustration of removing the rear access door
  5. Gently remove any jammed paper or bits of torn paper from the rollers inside the product. Use both hands to pull any whole sheets of paper to avoid tearing them.
    Figure 22: Gently remove the jammed paper
    Image of removing the jammed paper
    CAUTION:Use a flashlight to thoroughly check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the product. If any torn pieces of paper remain inside the product, more jams are likely to occur.
    Figure 23: Remove scraps of paper
    Image of removing scraps of paper
  6. Reattach the rear access door. Gently push the door forward until it snaps into place.
    Figure 24: Reattach the rear access door
    Illustration of reattaching the rear access door
Step three: Clear the paper jam from the front of the All-in-One
If you cannot remove the paper jam from the rear of the product, follow these steps to remove the paper jam from the front.
  1. Open the cartridge access door.
    Figure 25: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  2. Carefully remove any jammed paper from the front of the product.
    NOTE:Remove paper from the front of the product as carefully as possible. If any torn pieces of paper remain inside the product, more paper jams are likely to occur, and this could damage the print mechanism.
  3. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 26: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  5. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
Step four: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution five: Check for carriage obstructions

Follow these steps to make sure that the carriage can move freely.
Step one: Make sure that the carriage can move freely
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door.
    Figure 27: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Without turning off the product, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
    CAUTION:You must disconnect the power cord to move parts by hand without the risk of an electrical shock.
  4. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  5. Look inside the product to see where the carriage is stuck, and then check for any torn paper or objects that might be restricting the carriage.
    NOTE:You might need a flashlight to illuminate areas for proper viewing.
  6. Reach inside the product through the front access door, and then manually move the carriage.
    • If the carriage is stuck on the right side of the product, move the carriage to the left side of the product.
    • If the carriage is stuck on the left side of the product, move the carriage to the right side of the product.
    • If the carriage is stuck in the middle of the product, move the carriage to the right side of the product.
  7. Remove any loose paper or obstructions found.
  8. Make sure that the carriage can move freely across the width of the product by gently pushing the carriage to the left and then to the right.
  9. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 28: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge  access door
  10. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  11. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  12. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  13. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution six: Clean the paper feed rollers

Dust, paper fiber, and other debris might accumulate on the paper feed rollers and cause paper jams and paper feed issues. Follow these steps to clean the paper feed rollers.
Step one: Clean the paper feed rollers
  1. Gather the following materials:
    • A clean, lint-free cloth, or any cloth that will not come apart or leave fibers
    • Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water might damage the product)
  2. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  3. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  4. Remove the rear access door. Press in the tab on the left side of the door, and then pull the door away from the product to remove it.
    Figure 29: Remove the rear access door
    Illustration of removing the rear access door
  5. Lightly dampen a clean, lint-free cloth with bottled or distilled water, and then squeeze any excess liquid from the cloth.
  6. Press the cloth against the paper feed rollers, and then rotate them upwards with your fingers. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to remove any dust or dirt buildup.
    Figure 30: Clean the paper feed rollers
    Image of the paper feed rollers
  7. Allow the rollers to dry for 10 or 15 minutes.
  8. Check the paper feed rollers on the rear access door to make sure that they are clean, free of paper bits, and rotate freely.
    Figure 31: The rollers in the rear access door
    Image of rear access door rollers
  9. Reattach the rear access door. Gently push the door forward until it snaps into place.
    Figure 32: Reattach the rear access door
    Illustration of reattaching the rear access door
  10. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  11. If the product does not turn on automatically, press the Power button () to turn it on.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution seven: Reset the All-in-One

Follow these steps to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a power reset
  1. With the product turned on, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.
  8. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution eight: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: One or both of the Check Print Cartridge lights blink

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Resume light: Off
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: One or both lights are blinking
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 33: One or both of the Check Print Cartridge lights are blinking
Illustration of the control panel with one or both of the Check Print Cartridge lights blinking
    The cartridge access door is open, or a problem exists with the cartridges.

Solution one: Close the cartridge access door

Make sure that the cartridge access door is completely closed.
Figure 34: Close the cartridge access door
Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
You might have to press the Resume button () again to resume the task.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Install the cartridges

Follow these steps to install the cartridges in the product. If you have already installed the cartridges, proceed to the next solution to check cartridge compatibility.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Load plain white paper in the paper tray.
    Figure 35: Load paper into the product
    Illustration of loading paper into the product
  3. Adjust the paper width guide inward until it rests against the side of the paper.
    Figure 36: Slide the paper width guide against the edge of the paper
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide in against the edge of the paper
  4. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 37: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  5. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging.
  6. Pull the pink pull tab to remove the protective tape from the nozzles.
    Figure 38: Remove the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    Illustration of removing the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    1 - Copper-colored contacts
    2 - Plastic tape with the pink pull tab (must be removed before installing)
    3 - Ink nozzles under the tape
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge. Doing so can cause bad electrical connections, clogged ink nozzles, or poor print quality.
    Figure 39: Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles
    Illustration warning not to touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge
  7. Hold the cartridge by its sides, and then slide the cartridge forward into its slot at a slightly upward angle.
    Figure 40: Insert the cartridge
    Illustration of inserting the cartridge
  8. Firmly push the cartridge in until it snaps into place.
    Figure 41: Snap the cartridge into place
    Illustration of snapping the cartridge into place
  9. Repeat these steps to insert the other cartridge into its designated slot.
  10. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 42: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  11. Wait for the product to print an alignment page.
  12. Load the alignment page print side down on the scanner glass.
    Figure 43: Load the alignment page
    Illustration of loading the alignment page
  13. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button () to complete the alignment.
  14. Make sure that the USB cable is connected to the rear of the product and to the computer.
  15. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Check cartridge compatibility

To purchase cartridges or check cartridge compatibility for your printer, go to HP Home & Home Office Store (US only), and then click Ink Toner & Paper.
If you are located outside of the US, follow these steps to purchase cartridges using HP SureSupply.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure that the country/region location is correct.
Genuine HP cartridges can also be purchased from other retailers.
  1. Locate the cartridge selection number on the cartridge label.
    Figure 44: Locate the cartridge selection number on the cartridge label
    Illustration of locating the cartridge selection number on the cartridge label
    1 - Cartridge selection number
  2. Compare the cartridge selection number on the cartridge with the cartridge number on the HP SureSupply Web site.
  3. If your cartridges are not compatible, replace them with compatible HP cartridges, and then follow the instructions for installing new cartridges in this document.
    NOTE:HP cannot guarantee the quality of refilled or remanufactured cartridges.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Remove and then reinstall the cartridges

Follow these steps to make sure that both cartridges are installed and seated correctly.
Video of replacing a cartridge
The following video demonstrates steps for replacing a cartridge.
NOTE:This video shows the HP Deskjet F4180 printer. The outside of the printer might not look the same as your printer, but the steps are the same.
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If you have trouble viewing the video or to the view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .
Step one: Remove the cartridges
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 45: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Press lightly on the top of the cartridge that you are removing to release it from its slot.
    Figure 46: Remove the cartridge by pressing down to release it
    Illustration of removing the cartridge by pressing down to release it
    1 - The color cartridge belongs in the slot on the left
    2 - The black cartridge belongs in the slot on the right
  4. Pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot.
  5. If the cartridge has protective tape covering its nozzles, use the pink pull tab to remove it.
    Figure 47: Remove the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    Illustration of removing the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    1 - Copper-colored contacts
    2 - Plastic tape with the pink pull tab (must be removed before installing)
    3 - Ink nozzles under the tape
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge. Doing so can cause bad electrical connections, clogged ink nozzles, or poor print quality.
    Figure 48: Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles
    Illustration warning not to touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge
  6. Repeat these steps to remove the other cartridge.
Step two: Reinstall the cartridges
Follow these steps to reinstall the cartridge.
  1. Hold the cartridge by its sides, and then slide the cartridge forward into its slot at a slightly upward angle.
    Figure 49: Insert the cartridge
    Illustration of inserting the cartridge
  2. Firmly push the cartridge in until it snaps into place.
    Figure 50: Snap the cartridge into place
    Illustration of snapping the cartridge into place
  3. Repeat these steps to reinsert the other cartridge into its designated slot.
  4. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 51: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  5. Wait for the product to print an alignment page.
  6. Load the alignment page print side down on the scanner glass.
    Figure 52: Load the alignment page
    Illustration of loading the alignment page
  7. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button () to complete the alignment.
  8. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution five: Check for carriage obstructions

Follow these steps to make sure that the carriage can move freely.
Step one: Make sure that the carriage can move freely
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 53: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Without turning off the product, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
    CAUTION:You must disconnect the power cord to move parts by hand without the risk of an electrical shock.
  4. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  5. Look inside the product to see where the carriage is stuck, and then check for any torn paper or objects that might be restricting the carriage.
    NOTE:You might need a flashlight to illuminate areas for proper viewing.
  6. Reach inside the product through the cartridge access door, and then manually move the carriage.
    • If the carriage is stuck on the right side of the product, move the carriage to the left side of the product.
    • If the carriage is stuck on the left side of the product, move the carriage to the right side of the product.
    • If the carriage is stuck in the middle of the product, move the carriage to the right side of the product.
  7. Remove any loose paper or obstructions found.
  8. Make sure that the carriage can move freely across the width of the product by gently pushing the carriage to the left and then to the right.
  9. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 54: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  10. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  11. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  12. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  13. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution six: Clean the cartridges and inside the All-in-One

Follow these steps to clean the electrical contacts on the cartridges and inside the product.
  1. Gather the following materials:
    • Dry foam rubber swabs, a lint-free cloth, or any soft material that will not come apart or leave fibers (coffee filters work well)
    • Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water might contain contaminants that can damage the cartridges)
      CAUTION:Do not use platen cleaners or alcohol to clean the cartridge contacts. These can damage the cartridge or the product.
  2. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  3. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 55: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  4. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  5. Press lightly on the top of the cartridge that you are replacing to release it from its slot. Then slide the cartridge out of the carriage.
    Figure 56: Remove the cartridge by pressing down to release it
    Illustration of removing the cartridge by pressing down to release it
    1 - The color cartridge belongs in the slot on the left
    2 - The black cartridge belongs in the slot on the right
    CAUTION:Do not remove both cartridges at the same time. Remove and clean each cartridge one at a time. Do not leave a cartridge outside the product for more than 30 minutes.
  6. Hold the cartridge by its sides.
  7. Dip a clean foam rubber swab or lint-free cloth into distilled water, and then squeeze any excess water from it.
  8. Clean the copper-colored electrical contacts.
    Figure 57: Clean the copper-colored electrical contacts
    Illustration of cleaning the copper-colored electrical contacts
    1 - Clean the copper-colored electrical contacts
    2 - Do not clean the ink nozzles
  9. Allow the contacts to dry for about 10 minutes.
  10. Use a second moistened foam rubber swab or lint-free cloth to clean the gold-colored electrical contacts in the carriage, inside the product.
    Figure 58: The location of the carriage contacts
    Illustration of the location of the carriage contacts
    Figure 59: The gold-colored electrical contacts inside the carriage
    Image of the gold-colored electrical contacts inside the carriage
  11. Wait about 10 minutes to allow the electrical contacts to dry, or use a new swab or dry, clean cloth to dry them.
  12. To reinsert the cartridge, hold it by its sides, and then slide it forward into its slot at a slightly upward angle.
    Figure 60: Insert the cartridge
    Illustration of inserting the cartridge
  13. Firmly push the cartridge in until it snaps into place.
    Figure 61: Snap the cartridge into place
    Illustration of snapping the cartridge into place
  14. Repeat these steps to clean the contacts on the other cartridge and in the other side of the carriage.
  15. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 62: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  16. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  17. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  18. Wait for the product to print an alignment page.
  19. Load the alignment page print side down on the scanner glass.
    Figure 63: Load the alignment page
    Illustration of loading the alignment page
  20. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button () to complete the alignment.
  21. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution seven: Replace a defective cartridge

One or both of the cartridges might be defective. Before performing these steps, make sure that the replacement cartridge is compatible with your product. Follow these steps to determine which cartridge is defective, and then remove and replace that cartridge.
To purchase cartridges or check cartridge compatibility for your printer, go to HP Home & Home Office Store (US only), and then click Ink Toner & Paper.
If you are located outside of the US, follow these steps to purchase cartridges using HP SureSupply.
  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure that the country/region location is correct.
Genuine HP cartridges can also be purchased from other retailers.
NOTE:HP cannot guarantee the quality of refilled or remanufactured cartridges.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 64: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Remove the black cartridge by pressing lightly on the top of the cartridge to release it from its slot. Then slide the cartridge out of the carriage.
    NOTE:The black cartridge belongs in the slot on the right.
    Figure 65: Remove the black cartridge
    Illustration of removing the black cartridge
  4. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 66: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  5. Check the product control panel for blinking lights:
    • If the Power light () blinks, replace the color cartridge.
    • If the Power light () does not blink, replace the black cartridge.
    NOTE:Turn on the computer to see the status message for more details.
    NOTE:If the cartridge is being removed because it is low or out of ink, recycle it. The HP Inkjet Supplies Recycling Program is available in many regions, and is free of charge.
  6. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 67: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  7. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging.
  8. Pull the pink pull tab to remove the protective tape from the nozzles.
    Figure 68: Remove the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    Illustration of removing the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    1 - Copper-colored contacts
    2 - Plastic tape with the pink pull tab (must be removed before installing)
    3 - Ink nozzles under the tape
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge. Doing so can cause bad electrical connections, clogged ink nozzles, or poor print quality.
    Figure 69: Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles
    Illustration warning not to touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge
  9. Hold the cartridge by its sides, and then slide the cartridge forward into its slot at a slightly upward angle.
    Figure 70: Insert the cartridge
    Illustration of inserting the cartridge
  10. Firmly push the cartridge in until it snaps into place.
    Figure 71: Snap the cartridge into place
    Illustration of snapping the cartridges into place
  11. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 72: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  12. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  13. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  14. Wait for the product to print an alignment page.
  15. Load the alignment page print side down on the scanner glass.
    Figure 73: Load the alignment page
    Illustration of loading the alignment page
  16. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button () to complete the alignment.
  17. Try the intended task again.
You can print with only one cartridge installed (ink-backup mode, also called single-cartridge mode). The ink-backup mode is initiated when a cartridge is removed from the carriage. During ink-backup mode, the product can only print jobs from the computer. You cannot initiate a print job from the control panel (such as copying or scanning an original).
The product prints more slowly in this mode, and printouts might be of lesser quality. If you print with only the black cartridge, no color will print. If you print with only the color cartridge, no black ink will print.
NOTE:When the product operates in ink-backup mode, a message is displayed on the computer screen. If the message is displayed and two cartridges are installed in the product, make sure that the protective piece of plastic tape has been removed from each cartridge. When plastic tape covers the cartridge electrical contacts, the product cannot detect an installed cartridge.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 74: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  4. Lightly press down on the cartridge that you want to remove to release it from its slot.
    Figure 75: Press down on the cartridge
    Illustration of pressing down on the cartridge
  5. Pull the cartridge out to remove it from its slot.
  6. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 76: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  7. Continue to print as normal.
    NOTE:You might see a recurring message on your computer that tells you that the product is in single-cartridge mode. The Attention light also continuously blinks in ink-backup mode. These symptoms recur until you install two working cartridges.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution eight: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Resume and Check Print Cartridge lights blink

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Resume light: Blinking
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Blinking
  • Paper Type lights: One of the lights is on
Figure 77: The Resume and Check Print Cartridge lights are blinking
Illustration of the control panel with the Resume and Check Print Cartridge lights blinking
    The carriage is stalled.
View the video or use one of the following solutions to learn how to fix a carriage jam.

Video of troubleshooting steps for clearing a carriage jam

The following video demonstrates how to fix a carriage jam.
NOTE:This video shows the HP Deskjet F4180 printer. The outside of the printer might not look the same as your printer, but the steps are the same.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click here to play the video on YouTube .

Solution one: Turn the All-in-One off and then on again

Follow these steps to turn the product off and then on again.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Wait 15 seconds.
  3. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  4. Check the lights on the control panel to make sure that they are no longer blinking.
  5. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Check for carriage obstructions

Follow these steps to make sure that the carriage can move freely.
Step one: Make sure that the carriage can move freely
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 78: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Without turning off the product, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
    CAUTION:You must disconnect the power cord to move parts by hand without the risk of an electrical shock.
  4. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  5. Look inside the product to see where the carriage is stuck, and then check for any torn paper or objects that might be restricting the carriage.
    NOTE:You might need a flashlight to illuminate areas for proper viewing.
  6. Reach inside the product through the cartridge access door, and then manually move the carriage.
    • If the carriage is stuck on the right side of the product, move the carriage to the left side of the product.
    • If the carriage is stuck on the left side of the product, move the carriage to the right side of the product.
    • If the carriage is stuck in the middle of the product, move the carriage to the right side of the product.
  7. Remove any loose paper or obstructions found.
  8. Make sure that the carriage can move freely across the width of the product by gently pushing the carriage to the left and then to the right.
  9. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 79: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  10. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  11. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  12. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  13. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Remove and reinstall the cartridges

Follow these steps to make sure that both cartridges are installed and seated correctly.
Step one: Remove the cartridges
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage might move to the center of the product. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before continuing.
    Figure 80: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Press lightly on the top of the cartridge that you are removing to release it from its slot.
    Figure 81: Remove the cartridge by pressing down to release it
    Illustration of removing the cartridge by pressing down to release it
    1 - The color cartridge belongs in the slot on the left
    2 - The black cartridge belongs in the slot on the right
  4. Pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot.
  5. If the cartridge has protective tape covering its nozzles, use the pink pull tab to remove it.
    Figure 82: Remove the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    Illustration of removing the protective tape with the pink pull tab
    1 - Copper-colored contacts
    2 - Plastic tape with the pink pull tab (must be removed before installing)
    3 - Ink nozzles under the tape
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge. Doing so can cause bad electrical connections, clogged ink nozzles, or poor print quality.
    Figure 83: Do not touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles
    Illustration warning not to touch the copper-colored electrical contacts or the ink nozzles on the cartridge
  6. Repeat these steps to remove the other cartridge.
Step two: Reinstall the cartridges
  1. Hold the cartridge by its sides, and then slide the cartridge forward into its slot at a slightly upward angle.
    Figure 84: Insert the cartridge
    Illustration of inserting the cartridge
  2. Firmly push the cartridge in until it snaps into place.
    Figure 85: Snap the cartridge into place
    Illustration of snapping the cartridge into place
  3. Repeat these steps to reinsert the other cartridge into its designated slot.
  4. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 86: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  5. Wait for the product to print an alignment page.
  6. Load the alignment page print side down on the scanner glass.
    Figure 87: Load the alignment page
    Illustration of loading the alignment page
  7. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button () to complete the alignment.
  8. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Make sure that the front panel overlay is installed correctly

If the front panel overlay, or bezel, is incorrectly installed, the product may indicate a false carriage stall error condition. If the product has not been set up before, follow these steps to ensure correct installation of the front panel overlay.
If the front panel overlay is already installed, and your printer has been working for some time, do not attempt to reinstall the overlay. Press firmly on the overlay to ensure proper installation of the overlay adhesive or pins.
NOTE:If you have already installed the front panel overlay, proceed to the next solution.
  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Locate the front panel overlay, and then peel off the paper backing to expose the adhesive as shown in the graphic below.
    Figure 88: Remove the paper backing from the front panel overlay
    Illustration of removing the paper backing from the front panel overlay
  3. Carefully line up and install the front panel overlay.
    Figure 89: Install the front panel overlay
    Illustration of installing the front panel overlay
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  5. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  6. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
  7. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution five: Plug the All-in-One directly into a wall outlet

The power source your product is plugged into might not function properly. Follow these steps to plug your product directly into a wall outlet.
  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the product cord from any power strip or surge suppressor, and then plug it directly into a three-prong wall outlet.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  4. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  5. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
  6. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution six: Perform a partial reset

Follow these steps to perform a partial reset on the product.
Step one: Perform a partial reset
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
  4. Wait 60 seconds.
  5. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  6. Plug the power cord back into a wall outlet. Do not use a power strip, extension cord, or surge protector.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution seven: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Resume, Check Print Cartridge, and Paper Type lights blink

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Resume light: Blinking
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Blinking
  • Paper Type lights: Blinking
Figure 90: The Resume, Check Print Cartridge, and Paper Type lights are blinking
Illustration of the control panel with the Resume, Check Print Cartridge, and Paper Type lights blinking
    The front panel overlay is installed incorrectly.

Solution one: Make sure that the front panel overlay is installed correctly

If the front panel overlay, or bezel, is incorrectly installed, the product may indicate a false carriage stall error condition. If the product has not been set up before, follow these steps to ensure correct installation of the front panel overlay.
If the front panel overlay is already installed, and your printer has been working for some time, do not attempt to reinstall the overlay. Press firmly on the overlay to ensure proper installation of the overlay adhesive or pins.
NOTE:If you have already installed the front panel overlay, proceed to the next solution.
  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Locate the front panel overlay, and then peel off the paper backing to expose the adhesive as shown in the graphic below.
    Figure 91: Remove the paper backing from the front panel overlay
    Illustration of removing the paper backing from the front panel overlay
  3. Carefully line up and install the front panel overlay.
    Figure 92: Install the front panel overlay
    Illustration of installing the front panel overlay
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  5. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  6. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
  7. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Perform a partial reset

Follow these steps to perform a partial reset on the product.
Step one: Perform a partial reset
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
  4. Wait 60 seconds.
  5. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  6. Plug the power cord back into a wall outlet. Do not use a power strip, extension cord, or surge protector.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: The Power, Resume, and Check Print Cartridge lights blink

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Blinking
  • Resume light: Blinking
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Blinking
  • Paper Type lights: Off
Figure 93: The Power, Resume, and Check Print Cartridge lights are blinking
Illustration of the control panel with the Power, Resume, and Check Print Cartridge lights blinking
    The scanner has failed.

Solution one: Turn the All-in-One off and then on again

Follow these steps to turn the product off and then on again.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Wait 15 seconds.
  3. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  4. Check the lights on the control panel to make sure that they are no longer blinking.
  5. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Plug the All-in-One directly into a wall outlet

The power source your product is plugged into might not function properly. Follow these steps to plug your product directly into a wall outlet.
  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the product cord from any power strip or surge suppressor, and then plug it directly into a three-prong wall outlet.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  4. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  5. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
  6. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Issue: All the lights blink

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Blinking
  • Resume light: Blinking
  • Check Print Cartridge lights: Blinking
  • Paper Type lights: Blinking
Figure 94: All the lights are blinking
illustration of the control panel with all the lights blinking
    A fatal error has occurred.

Solution one: Make sure that the front panel overlay is installed correctly

If the front panel overlay, or bezel, is incorrectly installed, the product may indicate a false carriage stall error condition. If the product has not been set up before, follow these steps to ensure correct installation of the front panel overlay.
If the front panel overlay is already installed, and your printer has been working for some time, do not attempt to reinstall the overlay. Press firmly on the overlay to ensure proper installation of the overlay adhesive or pins.
NOTE:If you have already installed the front panel overlay, proceed to the next solution.
  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Locate the front panel overlay, and then peel off the paper backing to expose the adhesive as shown in the graphic below.
    Figure 95: Remove the paper backing from the front panel overlay
    Illustration of removing the paper backing from the front panel overlay
  3. Carefully line up and install the front panel overlay.
    Figure 96: Install the front panel overlay
    Illustration of installing the front panel overlay
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  5. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  6. Check the control panel to make sure that the lights are no longer blinking.
  7. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Turn the All-in-One off and then on again

Follow these steps to turn the product off and then on again.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Wait 15 seconds.
  3. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  4. Check the lights on the control panel to make sure that they are no longer blinking.
  5. Try the intended task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Reset the All-in-One

Follow these steps to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a power reset
  1. With the product turned on, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait 30 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into the wall outlet.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. If the product does not turn on by itself, press the Power button () to turn it on.
  8. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution four: Download and install the firmware software update

Follow these steps to download and install the firmware software update.
Step one: Download and install the firmware software update
  1. Open HP Update:
    • Windows XP: Click Start, click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Update.
    • Windows Vista: Click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Update.
    • Windows 7: Click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Update.
    The HP Update window opens, and the 'Checking for new updates' message displays in the window.
    • If any updates display in the HP Update window, continue with the next step.
    • If no updates display in the HP Update window, you have the most current updates for your product. Click Cancel, and then skip to the next solution.
  2. Select only the check box next to Critical Update to Support Printer Updates.
  3. Click to clear the check boxes next to any other updates.
  4. Click Next. The HP firmware update software downloads to your computer.
  5. When the download completes, click Finish in the HP Update window.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution five: Download and install the critical update to prevent blinking light failures

Follow these steps to download and install the critical update to prevent blinking light failures.
Step one: Download and install the critical update to prevent blinking light failures
  1. Open HP Update:
    • Windows XP: Click Start, click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Update.
    • Windows Vista: Click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Update.
    • Windows 7: Click the Windows icon (), click All Programs, click HP, and then click HP Update.
    The HP Update window opens, and the 'Checking for new updates' message displays in the window.
    • If any updates display in the HP Update window, continue with the next step.
    • If no updates display in the HP Update window, you have the most current updates for your product. Click Cancel, and then skip to the next solution.
  2. When the 'New software is available' message displays in the HP Update window, select only the check box next to Critical Update to Prevent Blinking LED Failures.
  3. Click to clear the check boxes next to any other updates.
  4. Click Next. The critical update downloads to your computer, and then the HP Device Update Wizard window opens.
  5. Click Next to start the critical update installation. The Important information window opens.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions in the Important information window, and then click Update to install the critical update.
    NOTE:The critical update might take as long as 10 minutes to install on your computer. The update process might also restart your product automatically.
  7. When the installation completes, click OK to close the HP Device Update Wizard window.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Load plain white paper into the paper tray.
  2. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Color Copy button ().
    The product prints a self-test report.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution six: Service the All-in-One

If you have completed all the steps and are still experiencing a problem, continue to the Service the All-in-One section at the end of this document.

Service the All-in-One

These steps apply to all countries/regions except Asia Pacific.
If you have completed all the preceding steps and are still experiencing a problem, service the product.
Determine if your product is in warranty or out of warranty. If you need help determining your product’s warranty status, go to HP’s Warranty Check Tool .
  • If your product is in warranty, contact HP.
  • If your product is out of warranty, fees might apply for contacting HP.
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