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When you double click the Printer and Faxes icon in the Control Panel
you will see the printer that your computer is currently using. See....
if the printer image is clear it is online and ready to use, if its
blurred then its in offline mode and cannot be use.
offline printer.. some possible reasons is on the usb cable.. check if
there is no open wire along the cable...Inserting the USB connector on
the other usb slot of the cpu sometimes work just wait first until it
If the printer is still blurred and offline after
checking the usb connection, the 2nd thing to do is check the
properties of the printer if it is set to offline mode. how? Double
click your printer icon. It will display the print jobs window. Click
on the Printer tab and uncheck on the "Use printer Offline". Cancel all
pending print jobs, close the printer window and try again to print.
This is problem many of hp cp1700 printers. LCD display have manufacter issuse. After some time degrage material joins LCD with controler. You can partial fix this issue, but you must take to parts front panel and repair cable contact on both side of plastic flat wire (one side plastic flat wire and LCD, two side plastic flat and LCD controler board ). Repair must be done with stress dull tip and hot temperature, may use tinfioil and soldering iron. OR you can bay new part panel board with lcd aproximaly 150$. OR you do not repair printer and use pc program that view display info form printer display on pc monitor. On Linux I use HPLIP Toolbox.
Unless you're running at the display's native resolution (check the box or product literature, for your laptop probably 1280x800) you will have some blurring on photographs and other parts of the display. You will need to set your resolution to 1280x800 to see crisp photos.
To change the resolution in Vista:
Open Display Settings by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Display Settings.
Under Resolution, move the slider to the resolution you want, and then click Apply.
Use the menu (on the printer) to print antest page AND a configuration/information page.
Look (critically) at the alignment of the seperate coloure Yellow Magenta Cyan. You will probably find that these are out of aligmnent across the page.
The cause of this, is that the printer can't perform a calibration properly (printer probably takes a long time when calibrating too) and is usually down to failure of one of the sensors on the transfer belt.
Sometimes you can clean these and solve the problem, but often is a failure of the component itself. Thes are NOT available as a spare part, and the repair to correct this would need a replacement transfer belt.
Transfer belt replacement in this printer is quite an involved task, though it is within the capabilities of someone with reasonable mechanical aptitude.