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Printer stopped printing when paper fed improperly. Fixed it, and tried everything to get it back to work. It just flashes one short flash, pauses, then two short flashes. Help! Tracey

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  1. When connected by a USB cable, reseat both ends of the cable going from the computer to the printer.



  2. When connected to a wired or wireless network, make sure the network is working correctly and that the printer is connected to the network.
  3. (to make sure the printer is on the network, print a network set up page, for more information on how refer to the user's guide, refer to the Downloading and Viewing Printer Manuals section for information on how to download and view the user's guide).


  4. Restart the computer.



  5. Turn the printer off.



  6. Unplug the printer power cord from the A/C outlet or surge protector and wait at least 30 seconds.



  7. Plug the printer power cord back into the A/C outlet or surge protector.



  8. Turn the printer back on.



  9. Make sure the desired printer is set as the default printer.

    • For instructions on how to check which printer is set as the default and change it if needed, Click HerePrinter stopped printing when paper fed - extlink.gif


  10. Print a test page.

    • For instructions on how to print a test page from Windows, Click Hereextlink.gif


  11. Run the automated printer fix available from Microsoft.


  12. Uninstall the printer driver, download and install the latest printer driver.

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It won't print and the light keeps flashing. I lost the instructions!


The flashing light could indicate either a communication problem between one of your cartridges and the printer, a short in one of the cartridges, paper jam or the cartridge carrier has stalled. Please follow the steps below to fix the problem:

  1. Remove the sheets of paper from the feeder. Make sure there are no foreign objects or debris in the feeder.
  2. Open the printer cover and remove both the cartridges.
  3. While the cover is open, ensure there are no paper jams and the cartridge carrier is free from obstructions.
  4. Close the printer cover.
  5. Re-brick your printer. Pull out the power supply, black box where the power cord is plugged in at the back of the printer, and put it back after 30 seconds.
  6. When the printer turns on, reinsert one cartridge first.
  7. Close the printer cover and check the light status.
  8. If light on printer is normal, open the printer cover and reinsert the other cartridge. Check the light status.
  9. Replace whichever cartridge is causing the light to flash with a new cartridge. You can also try to insert a different known working cartridge to determine if the other is faulty.
  10. Load some paper. Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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The flashing light could indicate either a communication problem between one of your cartridges and the printer, a short in one of the cartridges, paper jam or the cartridge carrier has stalled. Please follow the steps below to fix the problem:
  1. Remove the sheets of paper from the feeder. Make sure there are no foreign objects or debris in the feeder.
  2. Open the printer cover and remove both the cartridges.
  3. While the cover is open, ensure there are no paper jams and the cartridge carrier is free from obstructions.
  4. Close the printer cover.
  5. Re-brick your printer. Pull out the power supply, black box where the power cord is plugged in at the back of the printer, and put it back after 30 seconds.
  6. When the printer turns on, reinsert one cartridge first.
  7. Close the printer cover and check the light status.
  8. If light on printer is normal, open the printer cover and reinsert the other cartridge. Check the light status.
  9. Replace whichever cartridge is causing the light to flash with a new cartridge. You can also try to insert a different known working cartridge to determine if the other is faulty.
  10. Load some paper. Try to print a document again to verify that the problem is fixed.

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The paper light is flashing. The tray has paper, there is no paper jam. I check everything, put tray back in, press go and after a few seconds, there is a click noise and it starts flashing. What do I do?


The light flashing may mean more things, not just a paper jam. Could mean any of the following:
- Front cover is open: Close the front cover of the printer.
- Back cover is open: Close the back cover of the printer.
- Paper jam: Clear the paper jam. To see paper jams and how to clear them, click here. If the printer does not start printing, press the Go button.
- No paper fed manual feed slot: Put the paper back in the manual feed slot.
- Memory full: The printer memory is full and the printer cannot print full pages of a document. To solve this problem, click here.
- Print overrun: A print overrun occurred and the printer cannot print full pages of a document. To solve this problem, go here.
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Ok, I had this problem too and it started after I replaced the ink cartrtidges. The printer had a flashing light and the software read "out of paper". I can't be exactly sure what fixed it but here's what I did: I unplugged the printer while it was still on and left it unplugged for several hours (several minutes should have the same effect of clearing the device's memory, I just had to go to a meeting). I then plugged it back in and the printer fed the paper, but was feeding it sideways. I removed that paper and put a single piece of 4x6 photo paper in it and it fed that paper sideways also, crinkling it up. I tried a few more times by hitting the 'Cancel' button which would cause it to try to refeed the paper. I then checked the back of the printer and discovered the back panel had come loose at some point. I replaced it and the printer then fed a sheet correctly and printed the alignment page. I think the thing that fixed the issue was leaving the machine unplugged for awhile.

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You will see 3 led lights on the printer. They will blink continously if:

if the print cartridge status light is flashing
-- check if the top cover is open, Close the top cover.
-- there may be a problem with a print cartridge
1. Verify that the correct print cartridges are installed.
2. Check if a print cartridge is low on ink or improperly installed.

if the resume light is flashing
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2. Press the Resume button on the front of
-- the printer may be ready to print the second side of a two-sided document
1. Follow the onscreen instructions for printing the second side.
2. Press the Resume button.

if the power light is flashing
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if all lights are flashing
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1. Press the Power button to turn off the printer, then press the Power button
to restart the printer.Proceed to step 2 if the lights continue to flash.
2. Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
3. Disconnect the printer from the power source.
4. Reconnect the printer to the power source.Press the Power button to turn on the printer.



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