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Printer won't print, on-off light flashes on-off

Our 720 printer has suddenly stopped printing and the on-off light now just flashes.

Please help!

Posted by juankermode on

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  • juankermode Dec 05, 2008

    Sorry, not PC-literate at all, but it's XP and Windows 2000

  • sciolli Dec 05, 2008

    I have the same problem, but couldn't tell from post if there was an answer. My light blinks once, then pause, then blinks twice, then pause, then repeats...what does this error code mean? Just started out of the blue when I went to print this time...?

    thanks if you can help!!!!

  • jengelman Dec 20, 2008

    I have the same problem

    the on/off light flashes once, then pauses, and then flashes twice...the cycle repeats...I have no clue what the error is or more important how to fix it



  • whojim13 Dec 20, 2008

    i have the same problem. (blinks once pauses then blinks twice ->repeat)

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2008

    I have the same problem. The printer power light flashes twice. Dell information says this is a carrier stall problem. Followed instructions to remove cartidges and replace and check for anything blocking the carrier. All is clear inside the printer. Still the problem persists.

  • busterlina Dec 29, 2008

    Windows Vista; cannot print Dell Photo Printer 720: on/off light flashes a repeated sequence---flash pause flash flash

  • Anonymous Jan 08, 2009

    Mine is doing the flash...pause, TWO flashes! I need to know what is the solution.

  • jusme91 Jan 11, 2009

    i have the same problem with my printer..the light blinks 2 times...i tried to follow the inturctions but sill have the problem..(using window xp)

  • jaclant Feb 26, 2009

    cannot print Dell Photo Printer 720: on/off light flashes a repeated sequence---flash pause flash flash

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2009

    I have the same problem. The printer power light flashes twice. Dell information says this is a carrier stall problem. Followed instructions to remove cartidges and replace and check for anything blocking the carrier. All is clear inside the printer. Still the problem persists.

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2009


    blink pause blink blink pause *repeate*


    windows xp sp 3

  • jobs509 May 11, 2010

    My light flashes once sloww and then twice fast and repeats

  • sciolli May 11, 2010

    took a break from trying to figure this out...sorry for delay. so...I'm on XP. my green light blinks once, then pauses for about one second, then blinks twice, then pauses for about one second, then repeats the one blink and two blink again and again :(

  • sciolli May 11, 2010

    p.s. my operating system is windows xp

  • Gav Shaw May 11, 2010

    Also count the number of times the power button flashes (as this represents an error code). After a code has been finished, there will be a pause and the Flash Code will repeat.

  • Gav Shaw May 11, 2010

         Could you just confirm what Operating System it is that your running? XP/Vista etc, then may be able to help you out further :-).



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I have the same issue....two flashes of the light on the power button the repeat. The carrier is clear, so I don't know what else to do. Also, when I turn the power on, the carrier goes back and forth, hitting the sides very LOUDLY! Anyone else having this issue? This printer is a few years old, so no warranty, and of course, I just bought replacment ink for it, so now it won't work..worked fine till the ink ran out this time! PLEASE HELP!

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I have the same problem 2 blinks and then it slams real hard against the side's.............. I hope i don't have to use the drop kick method.....

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That's ok :-)

Ok when the On/Off Light flashes you need to count how many times it blinks on and off, and an approx guess at the pause length bettween the light flashing on and off.
For example it may be like this :

1 flash, pause, 2 flashes or short error displayed.
or it may be 
lash error: 1 flash, pause, 5 flashes or paper feed error displayed.

Soon as you get it, post it here and hopefully will get u up and running again :-)

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