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Act like it prints but doesn't print

My 3180 acts like it's printing but then doesn't print. I've checked all the usual things - USB cable, reloading driver, etc. Once in a while I can get it to work for a few print jobs, and then it does the same thing again. It used to work fine and will still scan and copy. I'm printing off a Mac if that makes any difference.

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  • Ryan Mar 08, 2009

    Sounds like the same problem I was having: print jobs go through the print queue just fine, the printer takes in a sheet of paper, and I hear the print heads move back and forth a few times and then it just ceases all activity with the paper halfway in. It print's photocopies just fine. I found it to be something application related - it seems to print HTML webpages from Firefox, but it won't print PDF files from Adobe Acrobat Reader (v8.1.3). My OS is Windows XP Media Center Edition, SP3.

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SOURCE: HP Laserjet 3050 won't print - os X

Power off printer, disconnect all leads such as USB, network, etc and power on again.

Does it power on to the normal state?

Are there any messages on the control panel or light patterns (eg off, on, flashing etc)?

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

SOURCE: black ink does not print

This is quite a common problem for these models, particulary with the black not printing, to check if this is your issue print a self test page, then try a cleaning process through the tools menu if you are still not getting any black print you have the classic blocked nozzle/ airlocked printhead issue, it is most commonly seen in printers that have used aftermarket black ink at some stage and/or have been sitting unused for a while.

try the following
Reset the system by holding down the OK, Cancel, Black, and Color buttons down at the same time and turn the 3310 off. Keep holding the buttons down until the printer shuts off and the turn it back on. You will have to turn the printer off twice and then it will recalibrate. Make sure you have new cartiges in the printer so that it can reset.

if this doesn't work the only way to clear it is to disassemble it and soak the bottom of the printhead in hot water then reassemble and clean the head

good luck
PS it only seems to be a problem with black refilled/aftermarket cartridges, haven't seen any probs with any of the colour refills

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Won't print - just flashes it's lights at me!

I tried what phrek said (" Pressing the flashing buttons simultaneously, evokes the printer to spit out an internal diagnostic page ..."), but after the diagnostic page printed out the printer worked fine again.

Thanks for the help, and hopefully things work out for the rest of you as well.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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SOURCE: HP 3015 AIO printer Won't print

Yes, you are correct in that you have to select the USB port from the driver in order for the printer to print to USB, or install another driver for the USB port.

Posted on Jan 23, 2009

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