Jump to content

HP Officejet J4680 All-in-One Printer support

Setting Up the Printer (Hardware)

  • PrintPrint

Introduction

This document explains how to set up the physical parts of the product. Complete these steps before you install the product software on your computer. If you already set up the product hardware, and need software installation help, see Links to Software Installation Instructions at the end of this document.
This document includes the following steps to set up the printer:
  • Unpack the printer
  • Check the contents of the box
  • Connect the power cord and adapter
  • Turn the printer on
  • Select the language/region
  • Set the date and time
  • Load plain white paper
  • Install the cartridges
  • Align the cartridges

Setting up the printer

Follow these steps in order. When you are finished, you can click the appropriate link at the end of this document if you need instructions to install the printer software.
CAUTION:Do NOT connect the USB cable now. For most models you need a USB cable to connect the printer to the computer, but you will be prompted to connect it at the correct time during software installation.
NOTE:The HP Officejet J4680 and J4680c models have wireless connection capability and do not require a USB cable if you are using a wireless network.

Step one: Unpack the printer

  1. Remove the tape and cardboard packaging from inside and around the printer.
  2. Attach the paper tray by inserting the pegs into the correct slots on the front of the printer.
    Figure 1: Attach the paper tray
    Image: Attach the paper tray.
  3. Pull out and unfold the tray extender.
    Figure 2: Pull out the tray extender
    Image: Pull out the tray extender.

Step two: Check the contents of the box

The contents might vary by country/region. See the packaging for a list of items shipped in the box.
NOTE:The USB cable must be purchased separately. HP recommends using a USB 2.0 high-speed compliant cable that is 3 meters (10 feet) or less in length.

Step three: Connect the power cord and adapter

  1. Connect the power cord to the rear of the printer.
  2. Connect the power cord to the power supply.
  3. Connect the power cord to the electrical outlet.
    Figure 3: Connect the power cord and adapter
    Image: Connect the power cord and adapter.

Step four: Turn the printer on

Press the Power button to turn the printer on.
Figure 4: Press the Power button
Image: Press the Power button.

Step five: Select the language/region

After turning the printer on, the printer might prompt you to set the language and country/region.
If the default language and country/region settings are satisfactory, you can skip this step.
If you want to change the defaults, follow these steps.
  1. Press the Left ( ) or Right ( ) Arrow button to select the correct language, and then press OK .
  2. Use the numeric keypad to enter the two-digit code for the language, and then press 1 to confirm the selection.
  3. Press the Left ( ) or Right ( ) Arrow button to select the correct country/region, and then press OK .
  4. Use the numeric keypad to enter the two-digit code for the country/region, and then press 1 to confirm the selection.

Step six: Set the date and time

  1. On the printer control panel, press Setup ( ).
  2. Press the Left ( ) or Right ( ) Arrow button to select Basic Setting , and then press OK .
  3. Press the Left ( ) or Right ( ) Arrow button to select Date and Time , and then press OK .
  4. After Enter date appears on the control panel display, use the keypad on the control panel to type the date in the correct two-digit format, MM-DD-YY (01-01-10). After entering the date, press OK .
  5. After Enter time appears on the control panel display, use the keypad on the control panel to type the time in the correct two-digit format, HH:MM (10:15), and then press the Right ( ) Arrow button to switch between AM and PM . After entering the time, press OK .

Step seven: Load plain paper

Follow these steps to load plain paper into the printer.
NOTE:Load plain, white paper. Special media or colored paper will cause the cartridge alignment step to fail.
  1. Slide the paper-width guide to its outermost position.
  2. Insert the stack of paper print-side down along the right side of the paper tray.
    Make sure that the stack of paper aligns with the right and back edges of the tray, and fits below the line marking in the tray.
    Figure 5: Load plain paper
    Image: Load plain paper.
  3. Slide the paper-width guide inward until it stops at the edge of the stack of paper.

Step eight: Install the cartridges

  1. Remove the new cartridges from their packaging. Be careful to touch only the black plastic.
  2. Gently remove the plastic tape by pulling the pink pull tab.
    Figure 6: Remove the tape
    Image: Remove the tape.
    1 - Copper-colored contacts
    2 - Plastic tape with pink pull tab (must be removed before installing)
    3 - Ink nozzles under tape
    CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or the ink nozzles. Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.
    Figure 7: Do not touch the copper contacts or ink nozzles
    Image: Do not touch the copper contacts or ink nozzles.
  3. Open the front access door. The carriage moves to the far right side of the printer.
    Figure 8: Open the front access door
    Image: Open the front access door.
  4. Hold the new cartridge so the HP logo is facing up, slide it at a slight upward angle into the empty slot, and push it until it snaps into place.
    • To install a tri-color cartridge, insert it into the left slot.
    • To install a black cartridge, insert it into the right slot.
      Figure 9: Insert the cartridges
      Image: Insert the cartridges.
  5. Close the front access door.
    Figure 10: Close the front access door
    Image: Close the front access door.

Step nine: Align the cartridges

Follow these steps to align the cartridges by printing an alignment page for your printer.

Video of how to align the cartridges

The following video demonstrates how to print an alignment page.
NOTE:This video shows the HP Officejet J4580 All-in-One 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 .
  1. Make sure you have loaded plain, white paper in the main tray.
  2. Press OK to print the alignment page.
    Figure 11: Print the alignment page
    Image: Print the alignment page.
  3. Load the alignment page print-side down on the scanner glass.
    Figure 12: Load the alignment page
    Image: Load the alignment page.
  4. Close the scanner lid.
  5. Press OK to scan the alignment page and complete the cartridge alignment.
  6. Discard or recycle the alignment page.

Links to software installation instructions

After you complete the previous setup steps, you can install the product software with the product CD or by downloading the software from the HP website. For instructions, click the link for your computer operating system.
CAUTION:For USB connections, do NOT connect the USB cable yet. You will be prompted to connect it at the correct time during software installation.
USB connection
Windows XP Windows XP
Windows Vista Windows Vista
Windows 7 Windows 7
Windows 8 Windows 8
Mac OS X v10.2-v10.5 Mac OS X up to 10.5
Mac OS X v10.6 Mac OS X 10.6
Mac OS X v10.7 OS X 10.7
Wireless Network Connection (J4680 and J4680c models)
Installing the Printer Software on a Wireless Network (c02285878)
HP Officejet J4680 All-in-One Printer

HP Support forums

Find solutions and collaborate with others on the HP Support Forum