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Is there a fix to bypass the fault?

Over a period of time and use the printer faults out. All 3 lights are on solid. (Paper, black ink, and color ink). Can't print in that state.

I have a number of these printers in my employ, and am tired of replacing them. Can this problem be bypassed? There must be a way. Assumption here is that maybe an e-prom has timed out? Not exactly the same - but all lights are blinking on my 1160

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Hi,
Try updating your printer drivers:

Create a new folder on your desktop and name it newhpdrivers(substitute your manufacturer in new name). Un-intall printer and printer software completely. Go to manufacturers website and navigate to their drivers/downloads or support menu. Select your model, choose the relevant software and download to the new folder you created on your desktop. Power down your computer. Reconnect the printer to the computer and turn printer on. Power on pc. Windows will detect new hardware and ask if you have the manufacturers install cd or a location to check for install files. Direct the wizard to your new software, follow the rest of the setup instructions and your done


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