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Alert code My S4M printer "alert" light blinks all of a sudden. We've been using it for a year and suddenly the light blinks. We haven't changed any settings or media. We cannot print to it.

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Re: Alert code

What is the message that should be display in the LCD display? The Alert light signals a problem the printer thinks it has and usually display amessage in the LCD display to help a user determine what may or may not need repair or service.

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