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The printer fails to print and continues to blick orange light and indicate Print catrages and refer to rpinter documentation

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The blinking lights mean that a problem has occurred. First troubleshooting is done powercycling the printer:

Step one: Manually move the carriage

  1. Press Power to turn off the printer.
  2. Look inside the printer for obstructions along the cartridge carriage path, such as lint, paper pieces or foreign objects. Remove any obstructions. Open the cartridge access door and observe the print cartridge and carriage. WARNING: If the carriage is stuck in the home position (all the way to the right side of the printer), do not attempt to manually move the print carriage from the home position. Attempting to slide the carriage while it is in the home position can damage the printer. Proceed to the Step two: Check the paper path section below.
  3. If the carriage is not in the home position, move the print cartridge carriage towards the left side.
  4. Look inside the printer for obstructions along the cartridge carriage path, such as lint, paper pieces or foreign objects. Remove any obstructions.
  5. Move the print cartridge carriage towards the right side of the printer.
  6. Look inside the printer for obstructions along the cartridge carriage path, such as lint, paper pieces or foreign objects. Remove any obstructions.
  7. Check that the carriage assembly moves left and right freely.
  8. Turn the printer on. Be patient, this might take a few moments. You might need to clear the print queue and resend the print job.

Step two: Check the paper path

  1. Disconnect the power from the printer by unplugging the power cable from the back of the printer.
  2. Disconnect the power adaptor cord from the wall outlet.
  3. Look inside the printer for obstructions along the cartridge carriage path, such as lint, paper pieces or foreign objects. Remove any obstructions.
  4. Remove the rear access door and look inside the printer for obstructions along the paper path, such as lint, paper pieces or foreign objects. Remove any obstructions.
  5. Reattach the power cable to the printer and connect the power adaptor cord to the wall outlet.
  6. Turn the printer back on. The carriage assembly should return to the right side and reseat itself on the home position.

Step three: Service the product

If you have completed all of the steps listed above and are still experiencing a problem, service your product.

Documentation available using the link below:

HP Photosmart C5280 All-in-One Printer - HP technical support

See also Using the HP Scan Diagnostic Utility

Posted on Aug 19, 2010


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