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Why is my hp deskjet 2542 keeps slamming to the right?

Both cartriges and attention light keeps flashing. The ink carriage keeps slamming to the right. There is nothing in the printer and no paper jam. Any suggstions?

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There will be a sensor on the bottom of the carridge that senses its position. If you look in side the printer you may see a long strip of plastic with very fine lines drawn on it. This goes through the sensor. Check that it is not broken or unhooked. Also check if there is a small pice of paper or dust in the sensor. Try taking the paper and ink out. Unplug the printer and give it a good shake to dislodge any contaminanet that may be in there. Unfortuntly you cannot always get spares for these things and often it is cheaper to replace the printer rather than repair it.

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if the lights are flashing along together there is a cariage stall. The ink cartridge craddle is hitting something. Find out what and remove it if doesn't belong there. First of all remove and reinsert both cartridges. One of them may be inserted wrong.

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try unplugging, waiting 20 seconds then plug back iin. This resets printer, check for paper stuck in the back on the rollers and the top rollers...make sure printer isn't dirty..if rollers are dirty whip off with damp cloth..make sure your using the right type of paper....if these steps don't work and your under warranty call the warranty company....this is a hardware problem that needs to be looked at

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Remove one cartridge and close the access door. If the cartridge light goes off, the bad cartridge has been removed. If the light continues to blink, remove the other cartridge and reinstall the first one. If the light goes off, the cartridge in the printer is the good one.

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Changed ink: on and all the lights Attention! box keep flashing


The manual for a related printer suggests that you have a printer failure issue. If the paper lights are off, then it is a scanner failure. If the paper lights are also blinking, then it's a fatal error. Turn off the printer, unplug the unit and then wait one minute. Plug it back in and turn it on, if the lights keep blinking then call HP support. (If it is under warranty, then it may be worth fixing.)

If I misunderstood your post and the power light is steady but the other lights are blinking, then you may have the cover incorrectly positioned or something blocking the ink carriage. Open it up and check for anything out of place.

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hello,
To correct this problem, unlock the carriage from the printer‘s capping station.
  1. Lift the lid to the printer (cartridges are on the right side.)
  2. Turn the printer off, then power it on again.
  3. Unplug the power cable from the back of the printer when the grinding noise starts.
  4. Move the carriage towards the middle of the printer (this procedure may take a couple of tries to get the timing correct.)
  5. Take out the cartridges and close the top cover.
  6. Reconnect the power cord. The power and the resume lights (green and red) should be on.
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1. Check to insure the cover is shut down completely.

2. If the "Ink Drop" Icon is blinking you are either out of ink, or there is a problem with the cartridge carrier. So open the cover - the carriage should move to the middle, if not it is bound up somewhere. Check the guides and around the carriage area for gummy labels etc..

3. If the carriage moves to the middle, release the ink cartridges and replace.

4. If the "Arrow" Icon is blinking, this could be a result of a paper feed error. Remove the paper from the tray, open the cover and insure no jams are in the rollers. Shuffle the paper lightly and place back in tray. Check to make sure the tray is pushed completely forward and then press the "Arrow" Icon button until a sheet is fed into the printer.

* * Note: When you are replacing the Ink cartridges and before you remove the tape from the bottom heads, give them a shake to lossen up the ink before installing.

This link will take route you to HP's support and more troubleshooting techniques for your printer.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00013363&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=304442&rule=35720&lang=en

Hope this helps..

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I have an hp deskjet 3940 printer and the power light keeps flashing; moreover; the moment I turn on my pc, the inkcartridges slam from left to right.


There is a plastic strip that the cartridges move along with small positioning markings on it. When this strip gets coated with ink the sensors cannot read the position causing the cartridges to go beyond the end mark and slam. Unplug the printer power and open it to access the cartridges, use a cloth damp with water and clean this strip - BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DAMAGE OR DISCONNECT IT!

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We have a hp deskjet f4140 printer that had a paper jam. My wife pulled the paper out of it, and it is acting crazy now. It told me that it was low on black ink, so I replaced the cartridge with a new hp...


Does the carriage move and home out when you power up the printer? If not, look inside the cavity where the carriage assembly is and look for a skinny little piece of plastic, it should be anchored on either side of the printer frame with a small spring on one side. it should go thru the carridge assy. This is the encoder strip. The carriage uses it for reference when it moves. If this strip has been knocked out of position the machine almost immediately signals an error, (attention light flashes). If this is the case, then the challenge is to A-find the spring and B-reattach the encoder strip. Good luck.
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