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Printer heads won't move into view....just makes a grinding noise. All lights are flashing. Thanks!!!!

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With it making a "grinding" noise, I first wonder if you have children. if so, then open the lid and/ or look in the paper feed area for plastic tools, band aids, etc. (worked in tech support and once had a gerbil stuck in a printer by it's tail! OUCH!)

if not, then try this procedure that I found else-where on Fix-Ya.

"Turn the printer on while holding down both the ink and paper buttons. When the paper light flashes release both buttons, then hold down the ink button for approx. half a minute until the printer lights flash again then release it. That resets the printer.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

  • Help2help Jan 31, 2011

    The second solution using the buttons worked like a charm. Every other method I tried had failed. Many thanks!

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