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I keep getting the print alignment form every time I start the ptinter. I don't want it except when I change cartridges. How can I stop the unwanted printings of this form.???

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  • hredturner Aug 16, 2008

    Thank you for your suggestion, but I can't figure out how to change the settings that you mention. What settings? for the printer or for Windows XP? Where are these settings? I can't find them in my HP software. What I have learned to do is to turn on my printer at the day's start and keep it on (at the ready) all day. Then, after the first printing the form is not loaded again that day. I don't turn it on until the next day. This still seems odd, since I used the printer for more than two years without any printing of the alignment form unless I changed one or both cartridges. I'm still puzzled!

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Check your settings. it might be set up to do a print page at start up. check the settings to make sure it is not set uo this way.

Posted on Aug 15, 2008

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  • Cameron Viseth
    Cameron Viseth Aug 16, 2008

    i need to know what the make and model of your printer is.

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    Cameron Viseth Aug 16, 2008

    ok has the printer cartiges been refilled? or are they hp? and are any of them low on ink?

  • Cameron Viseth
    Cameron Viseth Aug 16, 2008

    ok i need you to follow these steps.



    1.unplug the USB cable from the printer.



    2.take one of the alignment pages and put it face down on the glass of the scanner and press the scan button.



    3.when it is doing this the on light will blink. wait until the on light stops blinking.



    4.turn thr printer off and than turn it back on. it should not print another alignment page.



    If it does you will need to buy new HP cartiges.

    If they have been refilled multipyle time sometime the printer will not register that the printer has been aligned already.

    let me know what happens.

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