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There is an orangy/yellow teardrop shaped light blinking on/off on my HP Deskjet 5740. I brought the ink cartridges into Office Max and they confirmed they're not empty. Put them both back in and the teardrop is still there. It's the one on the right....does that mean either the black/white cartridge or the color cartridge?

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Printer lights can can blink for more than one reason, so the solution can vary. These solutions need not be performed in a specific order, but solutions for the most common issues are presented first.
Blinking lights are often accompanied by an error message on the computer screen, which might help determine the solution.

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