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Scanner failure I have an error message of "Scanner Failure" when I try to make a copy. Everything else seems to work fine. The lights are on, I can select print quality, quantity, size, etc., and when I press the button to start copying, I hear the ink cartridges moving, the light comes on under the glass, but then the error message comes up and nothing else happens. The scanner does not move across the glass, and no paper comes out. I am able to change ink cartridges, and the test page prints out just fine. I have tried turning it off and on again many times. I have unplugged from the wall and left it unplugged for varying lengths of time, up to several days, but it won't reset. I called HP and they said the unit is discontinued and there are no parts, either. A local repair shop refused to even look at it because I can buy a new one cheaper than they can fix it. I know new ones are cheap, but I think they are made cheap, too, and this copier was not cheap. I paid $360 for it 4 years ago, and don't want to give up on it until I have exhausted all options. My husband (who fixes everything around here from electronics and appliances to cars and tractors) wants to take it apart and see if he can get the scanner to move again. Do you have any suggestions as to what he can look for or concentrate on, or things he can try? Or is it a lost cause?

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    Hi , i am having the exzact same problem with the scanner message . I left it unpluged, I love this copier it is a great copier and this is the first time having any probles, but when I think back I heard noise sometimes at the scan process. I have had mine about 8 years and I paid double what you paid plus. I hope thier is something we can do to repair it. I thought about taking it apart mysel. If anyone have any ideals please pass them on.
    Thank you

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    bill Lombardo Mar 29, 2014

    hp 290 scanner error . clean mirrors, lift black scanner box. you will find a plastic strip at far end of box on the base. use distilled white vinegar and water diluted. spray onto scott towel and clean plactic strip. lighty. clean all ribbons lightly. also look at little motor sensor thing in rear left hand corner. that has a plastic wheel on it. clean that also very carefully. all this has to be done with top glass off. use the vinegar and water to clean everything. my unit is now back to normal.



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Hp 290 scanner error. remove top glass.clean mirrors in black box.I used a spray bottle with distilled white vinegar and water diluted. spray on paper towel and clean mirrors.[ 2 screws on bottom of box to get to mirrors]. also lift box and clean plastic strip in rear of box.[this strip will be on base of unit]. also look in left hand corner of unit, you will see a little motor sensor thing it has a plastic wheel. clean both sides with vinegar and water spray onto paper towel and lightly hold wheel between towel and fingers and turn wheel using that little brass gear. turn wit opposite hand. very lightly. clean all ribbons.clean glass top and bottom.I basically cleaned everything. my unit is back to normal.

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I have been finding that scanner failure when the light is still working is usually a dirty scanner. Disasemble and clean the mirrors with windex. No job for a novice, but what have you got to lose at this point.

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