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Blinking Lights

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Introduction

Lights blinking, or flashing, on the printer can signal a possible issue with the printer. This document lists steps to correct any issues shown by the flashing lights. Find the pattern of flashing lights that matches the lights flashing on your printer, and then follow the directions.
NOTE:Flashing lights can be caused by multiple issues, so there might be multiple solutions listed in each section.

Blinking lights

Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnBlinkingOffOff

Power Light
Figure 1: Power light on, Resume light blinks
Issue

Printer is waiting for special media to dry.
Solution

The printer begins printing again when the ink on the media has dried. Press the Resume button if you do not want to wait. You can also change the dry time in the printer driver.
Issue

Printer is out of paper.
Solution

Load paper and press the Resume button to continue the print job.
Issue

There is a media/banner size mismatch.
Solution

Make sure the media/banner size selected in the printer driver matches the media/banner size loaded in the printer. To eject the media/banner, press the Resume button.
Issue

There is a stall in the Input/Output system.
Solution

Make sure the system is running properly and the printer is properly connected to your system. Turn off the printer, turn it on again, and then resend the print job.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OffBlinkingOffOff
Figure 2: Power light off, Resume light blinks
Issue

There is a paper motor stall in the printer.
Solution one

Clear the paper jam. After clearing the jam, press the Resume button to continue the print job.

Solution two

If no paper jam exists, press the Resume button. If this does not work, turn off the printer, turn it on again, and then resend the print job.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
BlinkingBlinkingOffOff
Figure 3: Power and Resume lights blink together at same time
Issue

There is a carriage stall in the printer.
Solution one

Clear the paper jam. After clearing the jam, press the Resume button to continue the print job.

Solution two

If no paper jam exists, press the Resume button. If this does not work, turn off the printer, turn it on again, and then resend the print job.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
BlinkingBlinkingOnOn
Figure 4: Power and Resume lights blink, Left and right print cartridge lights on
Issue

There is a stall in the service station of the printer.
Solution

Open the top cover and unplug the power cord. Wait for the resume and power lights to go off.

Close the top cover and plug in the power cord. Wait for the printer to reinitialize, and resend the print job.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
BlinkingBlinkingBlinkingBlinking
Figure 5: All printer lights blink together
Issue

There is a hardware issue with the printer.
Solution one

Make sure there is no paper jam in the printer.

Solution two

If you cannot resume the print job, cancel the print job. Turn off the printer, turn it back on, and then try to print again.

If the problem persists, turn off the printer and disconnect the cable from the printer. Reconnect the cable, turn on the printer, and then try to print again.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOnOffOff
Figure 6: Power and Resume lights on
Issue

The top cover is open.
Solution

Close the top cover.
Issue

The rear access panel or duplex unit is not correctly installed.
Solution

Make sure the rear access panel or duplex unit is correctly installed and locked into place.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOffOnOff
Figure 7: Left print cartridge light on, Power light on
Issue

The tri-color print cartridge is low on ink or out of ink.
Solution

Reinstall or replace the print cartridge.
NOTE:You can still print with one print cartridge.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOffOffOn
Figure 8: Right print cartridge light on, Power light on
Issue

The Photo or black print cartridge is low on ink or out of ink.
Solution

Reinstall or replace the print cartridge.
NOTE:You can still print with one print cartridge.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOffOnOn
Figure 9: Left and right print cartridge lights on, Power light on
Issue

The left (tri-color) and right (photo or black) print cartridges are both low on ink or out of ink.
Solution

Reinstall or replace both the print cartridges.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOffBlinkingOff
Figure 10: Left print cartridge light blinks, Power light on
Issue

The Tri-color print cartridge is damaged or missing.
Solution

Reinstall the print cartridge. If the error persists, replace the print cartridge.
NOTE:You can still print with one print cartridge.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOffOffBlinking
Figure 11: Right print cartridge light blinks, Power light on
Issue

The Photo or black print cartridge is damaged or missing.
Solution

Reinstall the print cartridge. If the error persists, replace the print cartridge.
NOTE:You can still print with one print cartridge.
Power LightResume LightLeft Print Cartridge LightRight Print Cartridge Light
OnOffBlinkingBlinking
Figure 12: Left and right print cartridge lights blink, Power light on
Issue

The left (tri-color) and right (photo or black) print cartridges are both damaged or missing.
Solution

Reinstall the print cartridges. If the error persists, replace the print cartridge.

NOTE:If printing with a single print cartridge, ignore this light.

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