2 extra sheets fed at the beginning of each print job
At the start of each print job, the printer ejects two blank pages.
The printer test page works fine.
I have followed HP's troubleshooting steps for "The Printer Makes a Grinding Noise When It is Turned On or Printing," [even though it doesn't make a grinding noise] to no improvement.
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the display for an error message. If the display reads "Clearing paper
from printer," the engine has detected a jam and is attempting to eject
the jammed pages automatically. These pages will often be blank.
the display for "Performing PRINT/STOP TEST" or "Performing SERVICE
TEST." Either of these messages indicates that the printer is going
through a test procedure that may eject blank pages.
the amount of paper in the input tray if the printer is feeding
multiple blank sheets at a time. The printer will pull extra pages
through if the input tray is overfilled.
the paper in the input tray with the correct size if needed. If the
4600 printer detects the paper as an incorrect size for the print job, it may eject the paper without printing anything on it.
the ink cartridges if certain colors are blank on the page. Replace the
black cartridge if printing a black text document that is coming out
blank. The printer may attempt to print even if the ink level is low or
empty, but will unable to print anything on the page, causing it to
come out blank.
the sealing tape from newly installed cartridges. The tape covers the
print heads and should be removed before installing the cartridges. If
the tape is left on, it will prevent ink from getting on the pages as
the "Check mark" button on the control panel to enter the printer menu.
Run a diagnostic so the printer can attempt to determine the cause of
the blank pages printing. Press the up or down arrow to select
"Diagnostics." Press the "Check mark" button. Press the "Down" arrow to
highlight "PQ Troubleshooting." Press the "Check mark" button. The
printer runs a diagnostic and returns to a ready state when done.
I have an HP D7360 Photosmart that has been doing the exact same thing. This has been driving me crazy, especially when I have to print a lot of pictures at once or a long report.
After uninstalling and reinstalling the printer a dozen times, installing every possible driver I could find for it, and even swapping out the USB cable (who knows...stranger things have been the cause of problems!!), I just found the fix for this.
Go to the Properties page of the printer (for mine, I open the printer, click "Printer", then select "Properties"), then go to the Advanced tab. At the bottom are a few checkboxes, one of them being "Enable advanced printing features". I unchecked this and do not have the problem with the extra page.
I am not really sure, at this point, what else may be turned off, but just printed a test page and WOOOHOO...no more blank page came out right after it.
Hope this helps you and that the "advanced printing features" aren't something that negatively impacts your and my ability to print quality pictures and documents.
I love this printer otherwise. Amazing picture quality!!!
You might want to start by doing some general print quality troubleshooting, including printing a test page. The test page should give you an indication if you have issues with print cartridges. Also, some printers may not print at all if even one of their cartridges is empty:
The other thing that occurred to me is that your document feeder could be pulling in more than one sheet of paper at a time, this means it would output blank sheets as well. Here's a web page that describes the problem and what to do about it: