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Lexmark4580 Cannot get printer to communicate with printer, even after installing successfully and printing test page. Printer is only showing a blinking orange light as to the opposed previous green light. What do I do?

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Not quite sure how I did it. Think there may have been a malfunction with the power button. I have managed to use the printer successfully today. Thanks.

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