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Solid Red Light, Solid Green Light, won't respond!!!

I haven't used the printer in several months. After dusting it off and replacing the ink cartridges, I tried to run the maintenance program through the driver software (downloaded). I always get an error saying "cannot communicate with the printer." Also, there is a solid red light. The printer will not engage its normal charging process, so I'm stuck pressing the big yellow button and the button next to the red light over and over again, but to no avail!!!! (yes my printer is hooked up to my computer via USB) so it should be "communicating." Any help would be very appreciated!!!

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  • ljsherm Feb 26, 2008

    Solid red light, and solid green light. Suggests that my computer is not communicating with printer, but they are indeed connected. I unplugged, restarted, shut down, etc. 




    Problem started after printing about 20 pages, with heavy coverage and I got notice that the ink cartridge was empty. Replaced one and tried using a utility, and this is when I got the message.

  • Anonymous Mar 07, 2008

    Its the same problem-- the only thing is that I use this printer every day and when I try to print, a sign will pop up and said to "remove all foreign objects from the printer"... I don't know what that means but I'm sure I haven't put any foreign objects in it

  • Anonymous Mar 30, 2014

    have plugged in dongle and dreamgear into playstation. pressed dg button. lights flash faster then flash slower but never gets to one solid light showing. have left for 30min and more. have reset and tried again. no luck.

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