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I have an HP laserjet has performed flawlessly for several years. It just stopped printing recently, and gives error message that there is no communication with the device. I unplugged the usb from my desktop and plugged it into the laptop running vista. Uploaded drivers etc. Tried to test print, and got the same error message.

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Please follow the follwoing steps,

1) unplug the power cord at the both ends from the printer and wall outlet. connect to wall out let directly dont connect to printer.
2)Press and hold # and 6 while reconnecting the power cord to the product hold for 1 min after plugging the power cord, and then release both buttons, this should resolve the issue.


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