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HP4L Each time I switch on my computer the printer prints a page with one line of one ore more "X" ses. I have reintsaled the XP printer driver, but it did not help. Now I switch the rinter on only after I have started the computer.

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  • cuker Jun 15, 2008

    Yes it works correctly if I power it up after I powerd up my computer. Operating system WindowsXP. It is hooked up using a parallel printer cable.

  • Bahiano Jun 18, 2008

    How do you "dump" or "purge" the internal memory of the 4-L--it is printing none stop blank pages--or one line or a few letters at top of some pages.

    I clicked on the printer icon on bottom right of my screeen and then hit "delete" or cancel print jobs--but it still continues printing

  • cuker Jul 10, 2008

    At long last I have connected a new cable, but the problem did not go away.

  • hector_morch Jul 23, 2008

    Each time I switch on my computer the printer prints a page with one line of one ore more strange after page.It looks as the memory has a lot of garbage. I change the printer cable and installed again the continues doing the same

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Does it work correctly when you power it up after Windows?

    Is this hooked up using a parallel printer cable or a usb cable?


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Good. Usually that error is cause by a bad data signal comming in from the printer cable. It should be replaced to get rid of the problem.

Posted on Jun 15, 2008

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    Tim Babcock Jul 11, 2008

    Getting that kind of data communication to happen during power up can cause the Xs to appear. You should start the printer after the computer is into Windows to get the problem to go away. If the printer was on a network system, this wouldn't happen but this does happen on parallel cable connections. This used to happen a lot during the DOS days when you shut the computer off.

    As far as purging the memory goes, that particular printer doesn't have a control panel to purge the memory. You have to turn the power off, wait 30 seconds to turn the power back on. If the job isn't on the print que in Windows, chances are it went into the memory of the printer.


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