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Blinking Lights on the HP Deskjet F300 All-in-One Printer Series

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Introduction

The lights on the front of the product indicate the status. These lights can be on, off, or blinking (flashing), depending on the status of the product. The Power light, Paper light, Print Cartridge light, Plain Paper Type, and Photo Paper Type lights can all blink in distinct patterns to indicate the status or error conditions.
Other lights, such as those for the Paper Type and Resize to Fit buttons, indicate a selected user preference only and do not blink.
Figure 1: Control panel with error lights indicated
Illustration of the control panel with potential blinking lights
1 - Power light
2 - Paper light
3 - Print Cartridge light
4 - Plain Paper Type light
5 - Photo Paper Type light
NOTE:This document describes the light patterns on your product as blinking or flashing lights. In this document, "flashing" means the same as "blinking."

Blinking lights

The following sections describe the combinations of blinking lights that display on the product control panel. Find the blinking lights pattern you are experiencing, and then follow the steps to resolve the issue.
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 to resolve the issue.

Issue: All the lights are off

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Off
  • Paper light: Off
  • Print Cartridge light: Off
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 2: No lights are blinking
Animated gif showing no lights blinking
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Make sure that the product 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 3: Check the electrical connections
    Illustration of checking the electrical connections
    1 - Power connection to the product
    2 - Power connection to the adapter
    3 - Power connection to the electrical outlet
  4. Press the Power button () 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 two: Press the Power button more slowly

The product might not respond if you press the Power button () too quickly.
  1. Press the Power button () slowly to turn on the product.
  2. Check the control panel to see if the Power light ( is blinking.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Plug the product directly into a wall outlet

A power strip or surge suppressor might not allow enough voltage to reach the product. Follow these steps to connect the power cord to a wall outlet.
  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Unplug the power cord from any power strips or surge suppressors.
  3. Plug the power cord directly into a grounded wall outlet.
  4. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  5. Press the Power button () 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: Service the printer

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 is blinking

In this normal operating condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: Blinking
  • Paper light: Off
  • Print Cartridge light: Off
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 4: The Power light is blinking
Animated gif of the Power light blinking
    The product is processing a print, scan, copy, or maintenance task (such as an alignment).
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Allow the task to finish

Wait for the product to finish the task.
  • If the product does not finish the task, press and hold the Power button () for three seconds to turn off the product.
  • If the product does not turn off, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Perform a power reset

  1. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  2. Wait 15 seconds.
  3. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  4. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  5. 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 three: Service the printer

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: Power light blinks fast for 3 seconds, and then turns on

In this error condition, the following control panel blinking lights pattern displays:
  • Power light: Blinks fast for 3 seconds
  • Paper light: Off
  • Print Cartridge light: Off
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 5: The Power light blinks fast for 3 seconds
Animated gif of the Power light blinking fast for 3 seconds
    The product is busy doing another task.
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Allow the task to finish

Wait for the product to complete the current task before initiating another.
  • If the product does not finish the task, press and hold the Power button () for three seconds to turn off the product.
  • If the product does not turn off, continue to the next solution.

Solution two: Reset the product

Follow these steps to reset the printer.
Step one: Perform a power reset
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. With the product turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait at least 15 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.
Step two: Print a self-test report
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution three: Service the printer

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 fast for 20 seconds

In this error condition, the following control panel blinking lights pattern displays:
  • Power light: Blinks fast for 20 seconds, and then turns on
  • Paper light: Off
  • Print Cartridge light: Off
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 6: The Power light blinks fast for 20 seconds
Animated gif of the Power light blinking fast for 20 seconds
    You pressed the Scan button (), and the computer did not respond.
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Make sure that the computer is turned on

Follow these steps to make sure that the computer is turned on.
Step one: Turn on the computer
  1. Press the power button on the computer.
  2. Wait for the computer to start up.
  3. Try the task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, see the next step.
Step two: Make sure that the computer is plugged in
  1. Check the rear of the computer to make sure that the cord from the power supply is inserted securely into the power input connection.
  2. Check the surge protector, power strip, or electrical outlet to make sure that the computer power cord is securely plugged into it.
  3. If you use a surge protector or power strip, check the electrical outlet to make sure that the surge protector or power strip is securely plugged into the outlet.
  4. Press the Power button on the computer to turn on the computer.
  5. Try the task again.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, see the next step.
Step three: Plug the computer directly into a wall outlet
A surge suppressor or power strip might not allow enough voltage to reach the computer. If your computer plugs into a surge suppressor or power strip, follow these steps to connect the computer power cord directly to a wall outlet.
  1. Unplug the computer power cord from any power strips or surge suppressors.
  2. Plug the computer power cord directly into a grounded wall outlet.
  3. 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 two: Check the connections

Follow these steps in the order given to check the connection between the computer and the product.
  1. If the product is not turned on, press the Power button () to turn it on.
  2. Check to make sure that the USB cable is securely plugged into the product.
  3. Check to make sure that the USB cable is securely plugged into your computer.
    Figure 7: Secure the USB cable connection
    Graphic of USB being connected to the product
  4. 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 three: Make sure that the HP software has been installed

Choose your operating system, and then follow the steps given to properly install the product software on the computer.
Follow these steps to install the product software on your computer.
Step one: Decide whether to install with the product CD or download the software from the HP website
Don’t worry if you don’t have the product CD! You can download the most current software available for your product from the HP Web site at no cost. The following information might help you decide which installation method to use:
CDDownload
For a new product:CD installation is a quick and easy method.If you do not have a CD, you can download the software you need.
For an older product:CD installation might not work if you are installing the product on a computer running a newer operating system that released AFTER the HP product released.Downloading the software provides the best results for your older product. Even though it takes more time than using the CD, downloading the latest software can help you avoid installation issues.

Downloading is the recommended method if your computer operating system released after the HP product released.
About the software:The software on the CD is current to the date of the product release.The software that you can download from the HP Web site is the most current software available for your product. HP often updates software and drivers AFTER the product and CD release to the market.
Step two: Install the software
Select your preferred method, and then follow the steps to install the product software on your computer.
Method one: Download and install the software from the HP website
Step-by-step instructions follow, but you can also watch a video preview of the entire download and install process.
Video of downloading and installing the software from the HP website
The following video demonstrates how to download and install the software in Windows XP.
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. 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.
Method two: Install the software with the product CD
During the installation, you choose what type of installation you want. The installation type names vary depending on your product. The following information might help you decide which installation type to use.
Recommended typeCustom type
Recommended, Full, or EasyCustom, Express, or Advanced
For full use of all your features: This installation provides full functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your product.

This type of installation is designed to work for most users.
A custom type of installation might be available for your product. This installation allows you to install the minimum software required or the preferred software. Use this type of installation only if you have one of the following reasons:

  • The computer is low on hard disk space.
  • You attempted a recommended type of installation and received errors. (If errors occur during the recommended installation, fix them before trying a custom installation.)
The Recommended type of installation allows you to take advantage of all your product features.
Follow these steps to install the software with the CD.
  1. If the product is not turned on already, press the Power button () to turn it on.
  2. Insert the CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click Start, click My Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    Important: The installer might ask if you want to check online for the latest installation updates for your product. For the best installation results, HP recommends that you click “Yes” to let the installer check for updates and download them for you.
Follow these steps to install the product software on your computer.
Step one: Decide whether to install with the product CD or download the software from the HP website
Don’t worry if you don’t have the product CD! You can download the most current software available for your product from the HP Web site at no cost. The following information might help you decide which installation method to use:
CDDownload
For a new product:CD installation is a quick and easy method.If you do not have a CD, you can download the software you need.
For an older product:CD installation might not work if you are installing the product on a computer running a newer operating system that released AFTER the HP product released.Downloading the software provides the best results for your older product. Even though it takes more time than using the CD, downloading the latest software can help you avoid installation issues.

Downloading is the recommended method if your computer operating system released after the HP product released.
About the software:The software on the CD is current to the date of the product release.The software that you can download from the HP Web site is the most current software available for your product. HP often updates software and drivers AFTER the product and CD release to the market.
Step two: Install the software
Select your preferred method, and then follow the steps to install the product software on your computer.
Method one: Download and install the software from the HP website
Step-by-step instructions follow, but you can also watch a video preview of the entire download and install process.
Video of downloading and installing the software from the HP website
The following video demonstrates how to download and install the software in Windows Vista.
NOTE:This video is for demonstration purposes only. The product and software in the video might differ from your product and available software.
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. 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.
Method two: Install the software with the product CD
During the installation, you choose what type of installation you want. The installation type names vary depending on your product. The following information might help you decide which installation type to use.
Recommended typeCustom type
Recommended, Full, or EasyCustom, Express, or Advanced
For full use of all your features: This installation provides full functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your product.

This type of installation is designed to work for most users.
A custom type of installation might be available for your product. This installation allows you to install the minimum software required or the preferred software.

Use this type of installation only if the computer is low on hard disk space or you attempted a recommended type of installation and received errors. (Try to fix any errors before starting a custom installation.)

CAUTION:To avoid unintended loss of functionality, read the description of each software component carefully during the installation process.
The Recommended type of installation allows you to take advantage of all your product features.
Follow these steps to install the software with the CD.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Insert the CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to start.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    Important: The installer might ask if you want to check online for the latest installation updates for your product. For the best installation results, HP recommends that you click “Yes” to let the installer check for updates and download them for you.
Follow these steps to install the product software on your computer.
Step one: Decide whether to install with the product CD or download the software from the HP website
Don’t worry if you don’t have the product CD! You can download the most current software available for your product from the HP Web site at no cost. The following information might help you decide which installation method to use:
CDDownload
For a new product:CD installation is a quick and easy method.If you do not have a CD, you can download the software you need.
For an older product:CD installation might not work if you are installing the product on a computer running a newer operating system that released AFTER the HP product released.

For example, Windows 7 released in 2009. If HP manufactured your product prior to that year, the CD that came with the product might not work correctly on a computer running Windows 7.
Downloading the software provides the best results for your older product. Even though it takes more time than using the CD, downloading the latest software can help you avoid installation issues.

Downloading is the recommended method if your computer operating system released after the HP product released.
About the software:The software on the CD is current to the date of the product release.The software you can download from the HP Web site is most current software available for your product. HP often updates software and drivers AFTER the product and CD release to the market.
Step two: Install the software
Select your preferred method, and then follow the steps to install the product software on your computer.
Method one: Download and install the software from the HP website
Follow these steps to download the software, and then install it.
Video of downloading and installing the software from the HP website
The following video demonstrates how to install the HP full feature printer driver.
NOTE:This video shows the Windows 7 operating system and the HP Photosmart Premium Fax (C309) All-in-One printer. The steps for navigating your operating system might be slightly different, but the steps to install the full feature printer driver 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. 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.
Method two: Install the software with the product CD
During the installation, you select what type of installation you want. The installation type names vary depending on your product. The following information might help you decide which installation type to use.
Recommended typeCustom type
Recommended, Full, or EasyCustom, Express, or Advanced
For full use of all your product features: This installation provides full product functionality. HP also includes valuable software to help you get the most out of your product.

This type of installation works for most users.
A custom type of installation might be available for your product. This installation allows you to install the minimum software required or the preferred software. Use this type of installation only if you have one of the following reasons:

  • The computer is low on hard disk space.
  • You attempted a recommended type of installation and received errors. (If errors occur during the recommended installation, fix them before trying a custom installation.)
The Recommended type of installation allows you to take advantage of all your product features.
Follow these steps to install the software with the product CD.
  1. Insert the product CD into the CD drive of the computer, and then wait a few seconds for the software installer to open.
    If the installer does not start automatically, click the Windows icon (), click Computer, and then double-click the CD drive.
    NOTE:If the User Account Control screen opens, click Allow to continue.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the software.
    IMPORTANT: The installer might ask if you want to check online for the latest installation updates for your product. For the best installation results, HP recommends that you click “Yes” to let the installer check for updates and download them for you.
Follow these steps to install the product software on your computer.
Step one: Prepare for the installation
  1. Make sure the product and the computer are turned on.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the rear port of the HP product and to any USB port on the computer.
  3. Exit any open programs on the computer.
Step two: Decide whether to install with the CD or download the software from the HP website
Don’t worry if you don’t have the product CD! You can download the most current software available for your product from the HP Web site at no cost. The following information might help you decide which installation method to use:
CDDownload
For a new product:CD installation is a quick and easy method.If you do not have a CD, you can download the software you need.
For an older product:CD installation might not work if you are installing the product on a computer running a newer operating system that released AFTER the HP product released.Downloading the software provides the best results for your older product. Even though it takes more time than using the CD, downloading the latest software can help you avoid installation issues.

Downloading is the recommended method if your computer operating system released after the HP product released.
About the software:The software on the CD is current to the date of the product release.The software that you can download from the HP Web site is the most current software available for your product. HP often updates software and drivers AFTER the product and CD release to the market.
Step three: Install the software
To install the product software, follow the steps for the method that you want to use (download or CD).
NOTE:If you partitioned your hard drive, you must install the driver on the same partition as the operating system.
Method one: Download and install the software from the HP website
  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.
Method two: Install the software with the product CD
  1. Insert the Macintosh product CD into the CD drive of the computer.
  2. Double-click the HP software disc icon that displays under the Macintosh HD icon.
  3. Double-click the HP Installer icon.
    The HP Installer program opens.
  4. When prompted, select your HP product, and then click OK.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Follow these steps to install the product software on your computer.
Step one: Prepare for the installation
  1. Make sure the product and the computer are turned on.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the rear port of the HP product and to any USB port on the computer.
  3. Exit any open programs on the computer.
Step two: Download and install the 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.

Issue: The Paper light is blinking

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Paper light: Blinking
  • Print Cartridge light: Off
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 8: The Paper light is blinking
Animated gif of the Paper light blinking
    The cause of the blinking light pattern is one of the following conditions:
    • The paper tray is empty.
    • A paper jam has occurred.
    • The paper size setting does not match the paper loaded in the tray.
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Load paper in the paper tray

If the product is out of paper, follow these steps to load paper into the paper tray.
Step one: Load the paper
  1. Slide the paper width guide to its outermost position.
    Figure 9: Move the paper guides
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide outward
  2. Load U.S. letter or A4, unused, plain white paper into the paper tray. Push the paper forward until it stops.
    Figure 10: Insert paper into the paper tray
    Illustration of insertng the paper into the product
    CAUTION:Make sure that the product is idle and silent when you load paper into the paper tray. If the product is servicing the cartridges or otherwise engaged in a task, the paper stop inside the product might not be in place. You could push the paper too far forward, causing the product to eject blank pages.
  3. Slide the paper width guide inward until it stops at the edge of the paper. Do not push the guide in so tightly that it binds against the paper.
    Figure 11: Adjust the paper guide
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide inward
    NOTE:Do not overload the paper tray; make sure that the stack of paper fits within the input tray and is no higher than the top of the paper width guide.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution two: Clear the paper jam

Follow these steps in the order presented to clear the paper jam.
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 removing loose paperIllustration cautioning against pulling jammed paper from the front of the product
Step two: Clear the paper jam from the rear of the product
CAUTION:Never pull jammed paper from the front of the product. If you can pull it from the rear of the product or the tray, always try the rear first. Pulling paper from inside the front cover can cause mechanical damage to the product.
Video of clearing a paper jam from the rear of the product
The following video demonstrates the steps for clearing a paper jam on the HP Deskjet F4200 All-in-One printer series. The product in the video might not look exactly like your product, but the steps are the same.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Press in the tab on the left side of the rear access door to release the door. Remove the door by pulling it away from the product.
    Figure 12: Remove the rear access door
    Illustration of removing the rear access door
  4. 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 13: Gently remove the jammed paper
    Illustration of removing the jammed paper
    CAUTION:If the paper tears when you are removing it from the rollers, check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the device. If you do not remove all the pieces of paper from the product, more paper jams are likely to occur.
    Figure 14: Remove scraps of paper
    Illustration of removing scraps of paper
  5. Gently push the rear access door forward until it snaps into place.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  8. Print a self-test report.
    1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
    2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the self-test report prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next step.
  • If the self-test report does not print, continue with the next step.
Step three: Clear the jam from the front of the product
Use the following steps in the order presented to clear a paper jam from the front of 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.
  4. Open the cartridge access door.
    Figure 15: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  5. Gently pull the paper out of the rollers.
    CAUTION:If the paper tears when you are removing it from the rollers, check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the device. If you do not remove all the pieces of paper from the product, more paper jams are likely to occur.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
  8. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  9. Check the control panel to see if the lights are still blinking.
  10. Print a self-test report.
    1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
    2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the self-test report prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next step.
  • If the self-test report does not print, continue with the next step.
Step four: Make sure that the carriage moves freely
Use the following steps to make sure that the carriage moves freely.
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door.
    If the carriage tries to move to the center of the product, allow it to move to that position.
    Figure 16: The carriage at the center of the product
    Photograph of the carriage in its normal position
  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 power source or electrical outlet.
  5. Check for any paper or object that might be restricting the carriage.
    Figure 17: Paper that is restricting the carriage
    Illustration of paper restricting the carriage
    NOTE:You might need a flashlight to illuminate areas for proper viewing.
  6. Remove any loose paper or obstructions you find.
  7. Reach inside the product, 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.
  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.
  10. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  11. Plug the power cord back into the power source or electrical outlet.
  12. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  13. Print a self-test report.
    1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
    2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the self-test report prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next step.
  • If the self-test report does not print, continue with the next step.
Step five: Clean the 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.
  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. Press in the tab on the left side of the rear access door to release the door. Pull the door away from the product to remove it.
    Figure 18: 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 19: Clean the paper feed rollers
    Illustration of cleaning the rollers inside the rear access door
  7. Allow the rollers to dry for 10 to 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 20: The rollers in the rear access door
    Photograph of rear access door rollers
  9. Gently push the rear access door into the product until it snaps firmly into place.
  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.
  12. Print a self-test report.
    1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
    2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the self-test report prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next step.
  • If the self-test report does not print, continue with the next step.
Step six: Reset the product
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. With the product turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet.
  4. Wait at least 15 seconds.
  5. Plug the power cord back into the electrical 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. Print a self-test report.
    1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
    2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.

Solution three: Change the print driver settings

Use one of the following methods to change the paper size setting to match the print job. Create a custom paper size only if the correct paper size is not an option.
Step one: Change the settings
Choose your preferred method, and then follow the instructions to change the print driver settings.
  1. In the program you are printing in, 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.
  1. In the program you are printing in, 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 measurements 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 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.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution four: Service the printer

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 Print Cartridge light is blinking

In this error condition, the following control panel blinking lights pattern displays:
  • Power light: On
  • Paper light: Off
  • Print Cartridge light: Blinking
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
NOTE:In addition to the blinking light, an "E" might appear in the Copies area.
Figure 21: The Print Cartridge light blinks
Animated gif of Print Cartridge light blinking
    The cause of this blinking light pattern is one of the following conditions:
    • The cartridge access door is open.
    • The cartridges are not installed, not seated fully, or the protective tape is still on the cartridges.
    • A cartridge is defective or low on ink.
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Close the cartridge access door securely

If the cartridge access door is open even slightly, the print cartridge light will blink. Follow these steps in the order given to close the cartridge access door securely.
Step one: Close the cartridge access door
  1. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the center of the product.
    Figure 22: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  2. Check inside the product to make sure that there are no obstructions that are preventing the cartridge access door from closing securely.
  3. Remove any obstructions you find.
  4. Close the cartridge access door. Make sure that it closes completely.
    Figure 23: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution two: Make sure that the cartridges are installed

Follow these steps to make sure that the cartridges are installed in the product.
Step one: Check the carriage
  1. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the center of the product.
    Figure 24: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  2. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent.
  3. Check the cartridge slots in the carriage to make sure that the cartridges are installed.
    • If the cartridges are installed, skip to the solution for removing and then reinstalling the cartridges.
    • If the cartridges are not installed, continue to the next step.
Step two: Install the cartridges
  1. Slide the paper width guide to its outermost position.
    Figure 25: Move the paper width guides outward
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide outward
  2. Load U.S. letter or A4, unused, plain white paper into the paper tray. Push the paper forward until it stops.
    Figure 26: Insert paper into the product
    Illustration of insertng the paper into the product
    NOTE:Do not overload the paper tray. Make sure that the stack of paper fits within the paper tray and is no higher than the top of the paper width guide.
  3. Slide the paper width guide inward until it stops at the edge of the paper. Do not push the guide in so tightly that it binds against the paper.
    Figure 27: Adjust the paper width guide inward
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide inward
  4. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging.
    Figure 28: Unpack the new cartridge
    Illustration of removing the new cartridge from its packaging
  5. Remove the pink pull tab covering the nozzles.
    Figure 29: Remove the pull tab
    Illustration of removing the pull tab covering the nozzles
    CAUTION:Do not touch the cartridge contacts or nozzles.
    Figure 30: Do not touch the nozzles
    Illustration cautioning against touching the nozzles
  6. Hold the cartridge by its sides.
    Figure 31: Hold the cartridge by its sides
    Illustration of holding the cartridge
  7. Slide the cartridge into its designated slot at a slightly upward angle. The black parallelogram icon () designates the slot for the black cartridge, and the magenta half circle icon () designates the slot for the color cartridge.
  8. Press the cartridge inward to snap it into place.
    Figure 32: Press the cartridge into place
    Illustration of pressing the cartridge into place
  9. Repeat these steps to insert the other cartridge into its designated slot.
  10. Close the cartridge access door.
  11. Wait while the product prints an alignment page.
  12. Load the alignment page face down on the left front corner of the scanner glass with the top of the page to the left.
    Figure 33: Load the alignment page on the scanner glass
    Illustration of loading the alignment page on the scanner glass
  13. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button ( to complete the alignment.
  14. Discard or recycle the alignment page.
  • 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 then reinstall the cartridges

Follow these steps in the order given to remove and then reinstall the cartridges.
Step one: Remove the cartridges
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the center of the product.
    Figure 34: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent.
  4. Lightly press down on a cartridge to release it, and then pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot.
    Figure 35: Press down on the cartridges
    Illustration of the cartridges in their slots
    1 - Tri-color print cartridge
    2 - Black and photo print cartridge
    • Remove the tri-color cartridge from the slot on the left.
    • Remove the black or photo cartridge from the slot on the right.
  5. Check the nozzles on the cartridges to see if the protective tape is still attached.
    • If there is no protective tape on the cartridge, continue to the next step in this solution.
    • If the protective tape is still on the cartridge, gently pull the pink pull tab to remove the protective plastic tape.
      CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles. Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.
      Figure 36: Remove the tape
      1 - Copper-colored contacts
      2 - Plastic tape with pink pull tab
      3 - Ink nozzles under tape
  6. Repeat these steps to remove the other cartridge.
Step two: Reinstall the cartridges
  1. Hold the cartridge by its sides.
    Figure 37: Hold the cartridge by its sides
    Illustration of holding the cartridge
  2. Slide the cartridge into its designated slot at a slightly upward angle. The black parallelogram icon () designates the slot for the black cartridge, and the magenta half circle icon () designates the slot for the color cartridge.
  3. Press the cartridge inward until it snaps into place.
    Figure 38: Press the cartridge into place
    Illustration of pressing the cartridge into place
  4. Repeat these steps to reinstall the other cartridge.
  5. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 39: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
Step three: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution four: Replace a defective cartridge

Follow these steps to replace a defective cartridge. A defective cartridge can be damaged or low on ink.
Step one: Remove the cartridge
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the center of the product.
    Figure 40: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent.
  4. Lightly press down on the black cartridge to release it, and then pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot.
    NOTE:Remove the black or photo cartridge from the slot on the right.
    Figure 41: Remove the black cartridge
    Illustration of the cartridges in their slots
    1 - Tri-color print cartridge
    2 - Black and photo print cartridge
Step two: Find out which cartridge is defective
  1. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 42: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
  2. Check the Power light ().
    • If the Power light blinks, reinsert the black cartridge, and then replace the current tri-color cartridge with a new tri-color print cartridge.
    • If the Power light does not blink, do not reinsert the old black cartridge. Insert a new black cartridge into the product.
Step two: Install the new cartridge
  1. Slide the paper width guide to its outermost position.
    Figure 43: Move the paper width guides outward
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide outward
  2. Load U.S. letter or A4, unused, plain white paper into the paper tray. Push the paper forward until it stops.
    Figure 44: Insert paper into the product
    Illustration of insertng the paper into the product
    NOTE:Do not overload the paper tray. Make sure that the stack of paper fits within the paper tray and is no higher than the top of the paper width guide.
  3. Slide the paper width guide inward until it stops at the edge of the paper. Do not push the guide in so tightly that it binds against the paper.
    Figure 45: Adjust the paper width guide inward
    Illustration of sliding the paper width guide inward
  4. Remove the new cartridge from its packaging.
    Figure 46: Unpack the new cartridge
    Illustration of removing the new cartridge from its packaging
  5. Remove the pink pull tab covering the nozzles.
    Figure 47: Remove the pull tab
    Illustration of removing the pull tab covering the nozzles
    CAUTION:Do not touch the cartridge contacts or nozzles.
    Figure 48: Do not touch the nozzles
    Illustration cautioning against touching the nozzles
  6. Hold the cartridge by its sides.
    Figure 49: Hold the cartridge by its sides
    Illustration of holding the cartridge
  7. Slide the cartridge into its designated slot at a slightly upward angle. The black parallelogram icon () designates the slot for the black cartridge, and the magenta half circle icon () designates the slot for the color cartridge.
  8. Press the cartridge inward to snap it into place.
    Figure 50: Press the cartridge into place
    Illustration of pressing the cartridge into place
  9. Close the cartridge access door.
  10. Wait while the product prints an alignment page.
  11. Load the alignment page face down on the left front corner of the scanner glass with the top of the page to the left.
    Figure 51: Load the alignment page on the scanner glass
    Illustration of loading the alignment page on the scanner glass
  12. Lower the scanner lid, and then press the Scan button ( to complete the alignment.
  13. Discard or recycle the alignment page.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, you do not need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue to the next solution.
Solution five: Service the printer
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 Paper and Print Cartridge lights are blinking

In this error condition, the following blinking lights pattern displays on the control panel:
  • Power light: On
  • Paper light: Blinking
  • Print Cartridge light: Blinking
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 52: The Paper and Print Cartridge lights blink
Animated gif of Paper and Print Cartridge lights blinking
    • The product has a paper jam.
    • The control panel overlay is not attached at all or is not attached correctly.
    • The power supply is inadequate.
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.

Solution one: Attach the control panel overlay

If the control panel overlay, or bezel, is incorrectly installed, the product might indicate a false error condition. If the product has not been set up before, follow these instructions to install the overlay.
CAUTION:If you have already installed the control panel overlay, and your product 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, and then skip to Step two.
Step one: Attach the control panel overlay
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Find the front panel cover, and then peel off the paper backing to expose the adhesive.
    Figure 53: Remove the backing from the front panel cover
    Illustration of removing the backing from the front panel cover
  3. Lift the scanner lid.
  4. Carefully line up the control panel overlay over the control panel, and then press it down firmly onto the product.
    Figure 54: Install the front panel cover
    Illustration of installing the front panel cover
  5. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution two: Plug the product directly into a wall outlet

The power strip or surge suppressor might not allow enough voltage to reach the product. Follow these steps to connect the power cord to a wall outlet
  1. Make sure that the computer and the product power cords have three-prong power plugs.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from any power strip or surge suppressor.
  4. Plug the power cord directly into a grounded wall outlet.
  5. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  6. 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 three: Clear a paper jam from the rear of the printer

Follow these steps in the order presented to clear the paper jam.
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 removing lose paperIllustration cautioning against pulling jammed paper from front of product
Step two: Clear the paper jam from the rear of the product
CAUTION:Never pull jammed paper from the front of the product. If you can pull it from the rear of the product or the tray, always try the rear first. Pulling paper from inside the front cover can cause mechanical damage to the product.
Video of clearing a paper jam from the rear of the product
The following video demonstrates the steps for clearing a paper jam on the HP Deskjet F4200 All-in-One printer series. The product in the video might not look exactly like your product, but the steps are the same.
  1. Disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Press in the tab on the left side of the rear access door to release the door. Remove the door by pulling it away from the product.
    Figure 55: Remove the rear access door
    Illustration of removing the rear access door
  4. 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 56: Gently remove the jammed paper
    Illustration of removing the jammed paper
    CAUTION:If the paper tears when you are removing it from the rollers, check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the device. If you do not remove all the pieces of paper from the product, more paper jams are likely to occur.
    Figure 57: Remove scraps of paper
    Illustration of removing scraps of paper
  5. Gently push the rear access door forward until it snaps into place.
  6. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  7. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  8. Check the control panel to see if the lights are still blinking.
Step three: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution four: Clear the jam from the front of the product

Use the following steps in the order presented to clear a paper from the front of the product.
Step one: Clear the paper jam
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. Disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Open the cartridge access door.
    Figure 58: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  4. Gently pull the paper out of the rollers.
    CAUTION:If the paper tears when you are removing it from the rollers, check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the device. If you do not remove all the pieces of paper from the product, more paper jams are likely to occur.
  5. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  6. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product.
  7. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
Step two: Make sure that the carriage moves freely
  1. Open the cartridge access door.
    If the carriage tries to move to the center of the product, allow it to move to that position.
    Figure 59: The carriage at the center of the product
    Photograph of the carriage in its normal position
  2. 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.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the power source or electrical outlet.
  4. Check for any paper or object that might be restricting the carriage.
    Figure 60: Paper that is restricting the carriage
    Illustration of paper restricting the carriage
    NOTE:You might need a flashlight to illuminate areas for proper viewing.
  5. Remove any loose paper or obstructions you find.
  6. Reach inside the product, 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. 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.
  8. Close the cartridge access door.
  9. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the product.
  10. Plug the power cord back into the power source or electrical outlet.
  11. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
Step three: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution five: Remove and then reinstall the cartridges

Follow these steps in the order given to remove and then reinstall the cartridges.
Step one: Remove the cartridges
  1. Press the Power button () to turn on the product.
  2. Open the cartridge access door. The carriage moves to the center of the product.
    Figure 61: Open the cartridge access door
    Illustration of opening the cartridge access door
  3. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent.
  4. Lightly press down on a cartridge to release it, and then pull the cartridge toward you out of its slot.
    Figure 62: Press down on the cartridges
    Illustration of the cartridges in their slots
    1 - Tri-color print cartridge
    2 - Black and photo print cartridge
    • Remove the tri-color cartridge from the slot on the left.
    • Remove the black or photo cartridge from the slot on the right.
  5. Check the nozzles on the cartridges to see if the protective tape is still attached.
    • If there is no protective tape on the cartridge, continue to the next step in this solution.
    • If the protective tape is still on the cartridge, gently pull the pink pull tab to remove the protective plastic tape.
      CAUTION:Do not touch the copper-colored contacts or ink nozzles. Touching these parts can result in clogs, ink failure, and bad electrical connections.
      Figure 63: Remove the tape
      1 - Copper-colored contacts
      2 - Plastic tape with pink pull tab
      3 - Ink nozzles under tape
  6. Repeat these steps to remove the other cartridge.
Step two: Reinstall the cartridges
  1. Hold the cartridge by its sides.
    Figure 64: Hold the cartridge by its sides
    Illustration of holding the cartridge
  2. Slide the cartridge into its designated slot at a slightly upward angle. The black parallelogram icon () designates the slot for the black cartridge, and the magenta half circle icon () designates the slot for the color cartridge.
  3. Press the cartridge inward until it snaps into place.
    Figure 65: Press the cartridge into place
    Illustration of pressing the cartridge into place
  4. Repeat these steps to reinstall the other cartridge.
  5. Close the cartridge access door.
    Figure 66: Close the cartridge access door
    Illustration of closing the cartridge access door
Step three: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution six: Clean the 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 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. Press in the tab on the left side of the rear access door to release the door. Pull the door away from the product to remove it.
    Figure 67: 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 68: Clean the paper feed rollers
    Illustration of cleaning the rollers inside the rear access door
  7. Allow the rollers to dry for 10 to 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 69: The rollers in the rear access door
    Photograph of rear access door rollers
  9. Gently push the rear access door into the product until it snaps firmly into place.
  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 page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution seven: Reset the product

Follow these steps in the order given to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a partial reset
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. With the product turned off, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait at least 15 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.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution eight: Service the printer

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, Paper light, and Print Cartridge light are blinking

In this error condition, the following control panel blinking lights pattern displays:
  • Power light: Blinking
  • Paper light: Blinking
  • Print Cartridge light: Blinking
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 70: The Power, Paper, and Print Cartridge lights are blinking
Animated gif of the power, paper, and print cartridge lights blinking
  • Cause
    A fatal error has occurred.
Important: You must follow these solutions in the order presented to resolve the issue.
Solution one: Reset the product
Follow these steps in the order given to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a partial reset
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. With the product turned off, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait at least 15 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. Check the control panel to see if the lights are still blinking.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.
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 are blinking

In this error condition, the following control panel blinking lights pattern displays:
  • Power light: Blinking
  • Paper light: Blinking
  • Print Cartridge light: Blinking
  • Plain Paper Type light: Off
  • Photo Paper Type light: Off
Figure 71: All the lights are blinking
Image of the control panel with all lights blinking
    A fatal error has occurred.

Solution one: Reset the product

Follow these steps in the order given to reset the product.
Step one: Perform a partial reset
  1. Press the Power button () to turn off the product.
  2. With the product turned off, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the product.
  3. Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
  4. Wait at least 15 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. Check the control panel to see if the lights are still blinking.
Step two: Print a self-test page
  1. Press and hold the Cancel button (), and then press the Start Copy Color button ().
  2. Release both buttons at the same time. The self-test report prints.
  • If these steps resolved the issue, and the test page prints, there is no need to continue troubleshooting.
  • If the issue persists, continue with the next solution.
  • If the test page does not print, continue with the next solution.

Solution two: Service the printer

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 printer

Contacting HP for service in 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 to obtain service.
  • If your product is out of warranty, Contact HP to find an authorized service provider or to setup service (fees might apply).
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