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Initializing Printer is stuck on initializing . I have tried everything but cannot remedy this error. Any help would be most gratefully received

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  • Stephen Dec 19, 2012

    Biff, Many thanks for taking the time to reply. I have tried as you suggested but without success. I held the buttons for over 2 mins and there was no change. Any other ideas please ?
    Best regards

  • Gaylord Cofie May 30, 2013

    Just did it works,follow the instructions carefully.

  • Omega15362
    Omega15362 Dec 05, 2013

    Biff if you were a girl i would kiss you, but since you are net I guess you will have to settle for a thank you.

  • dufresne lorinord
    dufresne lorinord Dec 12, 2013

    Biff you save my life, couldn't print all the exams for a primary school and i need thse exams as soon as possible . you save the kids . the printer is working now. thank you so much

  • Alex Lucas
    Alex Lucas Dec 18, 2013

    thank you sooooooooooo much

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NVRAM Initialization:
1. Turn the printer off.
2. Press and hold down CANCEL (X) and Start Copy (button just below the X button) buttons at the same time while powering on printer. *Keep these buttons press while you power on the printer*
3. Continue to hold down buttons until the printer display reads PERMANENT STORAGE INIT.
4. Release the buttons when "PERMANENT STORAGE INIT" is displayed. Printer will return to Ready automatically.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

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  • Biff Boffo Dec 12, 2012

    Also, I would add, don't try the firmware updater again, it hosed my printer, too.

  • Stephen Dec 19, 2012

    Many thanks. I have tried this without success. Any other tips please ?

  • manuff66
    manuff66 Jan 25, 2013

    My printer is stuck on printing fax, then faxed received on monitor and then initializes. It won't stop! Done everything I can think of. Please help.

  • Linson
    Linson Jun 02, 2014

    thanks its working...

  • Haitam Attia
    Haitam Attia Jun 08, 2014

    what about hp laserjet pro 200 color m251n?

  • Wajid Hussain Jul 29, 2016

    Thank you so much my printer working now

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    HHCC Aug 13, 2016

    Had to hold down buttons for several minutes. Didn't work the first time either. But tried again with success, thanks!

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Here is my fix for M1212nf.

Turn off the power and unplug the power case - always!!!

If you open the flatbed cover, you will see that the LIGHT bar is all the way at the end and it won't move back. Use STAR-shade screwdriver to remove screws around the rim. There are 2 screws under the plastic rim (different size). Lift the glass cover slightly and move the Light Bar to the middle. Close the glass cover and turn on the power.

If it works, turn the power off and put back all screws.

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Hello,

This seems to be a major issue that HP needs to rectify before we throw these toys out. I am still stuck on the same "Initializing" issue on Laserjet M1212nf MFP ...

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How much did you keep the buttons pressed? For me ( hp laserjet pro mfp m176n ) it doesn't seem to work

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    HHCC Aug 13, 2016

    takes a couple of minutes, try again, worked for me on the second try

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Thank you very big Biff Boffo , My Printer got stuck on Initialization and i followed your steps and it worked well for my printer.

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