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My deskjet 1280 simply Won't turn on.

I have tried repeatedly to turn the printer on to no avail. The 'on' light doesn't come on.
I have checked the lead and it shows 240 ac [I'm in Australia] with a multimeter.
The machine is about 18 months old and done little work.
Do you have a suggestion.
Thank you for your time.

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  • boboram Jan 17, 2009

    The house [for that matter all of Australia] runs on 240 vt and all the other electronics [with and without transformers] runs fine.

    Is there any way of checking the switch or power pack?.

    Thank you

  • kenpatchi02 Feb 03, 2009

    Hi have the same problem, power led comes on foe 2 seconds, if i press the catridge led it comes on. I f i open the cover no movement. what can be the problem

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    329 pages pf Q & A about you brand printer. What I was saying was that I thnk all printers work on low voltage and that if a person coung get inside of the printer and check for voltage on the other side of transformer for any voltage. If no voltage the transformer is bad. Check for vboltage on bothsides of the switch with it on. No voltage on both sides means that the switch si not working. See?

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Have you checked out the troubleshooting webpage for you printer?

    Seems logical to me that if the coomputer runsds on less  voltage that the house that the first place it would have to go is to a transformer inside of the printer?


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A couple of times this has happened to me and it is to do with the access port at the back of the printer ie it has a lock - unlock symbol on it and a circular handle. Make sure that this is firmly in the locked position. Note that it may seem to be in the locked position but often there is a little bit more it will go ... though dont force it so that it breaks ... try unlocking and firmly locking a couple of times, each time testing the on button. Like I said this has worked for me before



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