Solved Flashing light on HP D1400 printer

January 18, 2014 at 13:23:44
Specs: Windows 7, 2.7 ghz 6.00
This is problem is somewhat connected to computer problems but not sure if it qualifies on this site. I have used my HP D1400 printer a number of times with no problems. Now, there is a blinking light on the printer that won't stop!
I've done this: pulled both plugs from the back of the printer, waited a minute and replaced them....
*Turned off the power strip, then on
* Checked to see if this printer was default, it was
*Downloaded testing for the printer and no problems were found.
*Removed both ink cartridges and replaced them w/those removed.
*Removed the back of the printer and blew in it even though there was no dust, etc.
*Installed updates
*Checked troubleshooting with HP....no help
*Did the Recovery process
*Tried others suggestions re: same problem
*Checked printer status and it was fine
*Tried printing something, printer read: 'ready to print' Yet nothing happened. Light flashing
*No paper jam
*Attempted more but nothing works. It's probably a simple solution but I've tried 'simple' I suppose I can just buy a new printer but I have unopened new ink cartridges both black and color and don't want to toss them, as they no longer be returned. There must be a solution out there.....maybe.

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January 18, 2014 at 20:07:20
Delete the printer icon in devices and printers. Do not uninstall the drivers. Click Add Printer in devices and printers. Windows will search the system for the driver and will find the correct driver on your system and install it.

The alternative is to delete the printer and then unplug the printer from the computer. Download the correct driver for your system from HP's site and run it. It will tell you when to plug the printer in an complete the installation and test the print. SINCE this is a very old printer type, HP will not actually have the drivers for Windows 7 so you will probably have to allow Windows 7 to use its own generic drivers for the printer. To do this, just install the printer with it already plugged in and if Window cannot find the HP driver, it will ask you if it should select the appropriate driver (you probably will have to select the printer model from their list). Normal printing will work this way but other features like ink monitoring will not show up on screen.

I know you tried 'lots or things', but did you try this: Using rubbing alcohol clean the electrical contacts on the ink cartridges and the associated contacts on the printer from ink residue.

Finally, Printers Do wear out. You probably have paid many times the price of the printer in the price of ink. You will get better results with a new printer and it will not be that expensive. If the remaining ink you have is still sealed, consider selling it on ebay.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
January 18, 2014 at 14:03:01
Is there a label by the light that lists what it is for. Example on, cancel etc. Help files for the printer, at least on mine is stored locally on my computer. Access to them I just open hp solution center and click on the help button. In the search box I type light status. One of the search results came back with status light overview. Several hits with blinking lights within. Another way to access and it might be easier is click the startup orb, click on all programs, scroll down to the hp folder, expanded the various folders looking for a help entry.

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#2
January 18, 2014 at 14:28:28
Hi Trek: There is not a label near the light. I went to 'help' on the HP site, did what was suggested and nothing helped, as those directions were not for my series. I looked at a couple suggestions for other series but they did not apply to my printer. I've clicked on Programs, went to HP and all I could do was to 'uninstall' and I didn't want to do that.

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#3
January 18, 2014 at 15:45:05
PDF user manual for the D1400 series should be here.

http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manua...
Take a look at the trouble shooting section.


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#4
January 18, 2014 at 17:56:44
Hi Peet.........I went to that site and found those trouble shooting steps are for a lap top I don't use. Unless I'm missing something on that site plus most others with that similar web address are also for lap tops. I managed to locate the HP site that gives directions to eliminate a blinking light on the printer. I tried most of them, from cleaning this and that, to removing this and that plus other steps were those I had already done before. Nothing helped and the light is still blinking even as I type this. I thought I could reinstall the printer without an installation CD, but when following through, it stated I already had that printer installed. I tried installing a Copy 1 of the same printer but that didn't work either. I am at a loss plus attempting all angles for at least five hours has been a waste of time...........so far. Thanks

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#5
January 18, 2014 at 19:59:06
I don't think you said, but I assume the printer is not working?

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January 18, 2014 at 20:07:20
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Delete the printer icon in devices and printers. Do not uninstall the drivers. Click Add Printer in devices and printers. Windows will search the system for the driver and will find the correct driver on your system and install it.

The alternative is to delete the printer and then unplug the printer from the computer. Download the correct driver for your system from HP's site and run it. It will tell you when to plug the printer in an complete the installation and test the print. SINCE this is a very old printer type, HP will not actually have the drivers for Windows 7 so you will probably have to allow Windows 7 to use its own generic drivers for the printer. To do this, just install the printer with it already plugged in and if Window cannot find the HP driver, it will ask you if it should select the appropriate driver (you probably will have to select the printer model from their list). Normal printing will work this way but other features like ink monitoring will not show up on screen.

I know you tried 'lots or things', but did you try this: Using rubbing alcohol clean the electrical contacts on the ink cartridges and the associated contacts on the printer from ink residue.

Finally, Printers Do wear out. You probably have paid many times the price of the printer in the price of ink. You will get better results with a new printer and it will not be that expensive. If the remaining ink you have is still sealed, consider selling it on ebay.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
January 18, 2014 at 20:46:43
I found this. You've probably already seen it:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

(The D1415 would be the same series.)


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#8
January 19, 2014 at 07:55:34
Hi Fingers......I truly appreciate your taking time to assist with this unending problem with my printer. I have followed your directions and the light is still blinking. Even though both cartridges are fairly new, I used the rubbing alcohol and there was no residue anywhere. Nothing is working so I had kind of figured it's time to replace this printer with a new one, even though this is the first incident. Kind of like getting rid of a 'friend' that's been working too much and just became too tired. Ok, I know that's nonsense. I will be doing some shopping and will probably put the new cartridges on C.L. or eBay! Thank you again (And Dave, I've been to that site, same nothing) Thanks for helping everyone!!

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