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There are numerous possible causes for a printer that`s randomly producing blanks. The most common ones are empty ink cartridges, improper cartridge installation, and congested nozzles. Driver and software issues can sometimes cause this problem as well.
Several factors may cause the product to print blank pages, such as print settings, low ink, or the product itself. Check the following: Make sure the product is placed on a flat, stable surface that extends beyond the base in all directions. The product won`t operate properly if it`s tilted or at an angle.
If the printer is printing blank labels check the following: Ensure the correct media combination is used with the printer. [Thermal Transfer labels require ribbon, Direct Thermal labels do not require ribbon.] Incompatible ribbon/label combination can cause blank labels be printed.
If your PC or the LCD screen on your printer is telling you that your ink cartridges are full but no ink is passing through to the paper, then it`s most likely that you are dealing with a clogged printhead. Blurry documents and images that appear faded are also signs that it`s time to remove the excess ink.
If the DC Controller turns on the laser beam continuously, the entire surface of the Photosensitive drum is neutralized causing a completely black page.
If a fuser unit is not heating the toner powder correctly, ghost images can appear when printing. You can check to see if the fuser unit or drum unit is causing the ghosting by having a look at the ghosted images.
Thermal printers keep costs low as they do not rely on ink to print. No ribbons, cartridges or other supplies need to be replaced to ensure continued use. The media alone is the only supply required to keep the printer running.
The product prints a nozzle check pattern. Check the printed pattern to see if there are gaps in the lines. If there are no gaps, the print head is clean and you can continue printing. If there are gaps or the pattern is faint, clean the print head.
Reasons why your HP printer has ink but won`t print

This may seem obvious, but it sometimes happens: first make sure your paper tray has paper in it. Misalignment, clogged printheads, faulty data communication or insufficient ink levels can also be sources of the problem.

Just above the circuit board on most printer cartridges, you`ll find a small button. You`ve seen these tiny buttons before on cell phones, phone chargers, etc. This is your reset button, and the only way to get in there is either with a paper clip or the tip of a pen (which will leave a tiny ink smudge on the button).
It depends on the intensity of use, your print quality requirements, and variables like printer settings and the use of ink ribbons. According to the manufacturer specifications, a printhead might print up to 10 million labels.
In the majority of cases, printers` self-cleaning mechanisms clean blocked printer heads by flushing the nozzles with air. The air works to dislodge dry ink inside the cartridge channels and also push it out. The intensity of the self-cleaning process of printers is usually not very strong.
Turn the product on while you press and hold the Resume button for 10-20 seconds. The Attention light turns on. Release the Resume button. The Attention and Ready lights cycle while the product restores factory defaults.
1. On the printer display home screen, select the “set up” button (it looks like a gear). 2. Select “settings” > “device settings” > “reset settings” > “reset all” > “OK” and then “Yes.”
HP Deskjet printers have a built-in process that cleans dried ink from inside the cartridges, which may eliminate missing lines or dots on your printouts. If you notice ink streaks after printing, you`ll need to manually clean the cartridges to remove any external debris.
Check the ink levels

Sometimes, the printer may not print black ink because it is low or empty. You can check the ink levels on the printer`s display, or by using the software that came with your printer. If the ink level is low, replace the cartridge or refill it according to the manufacturer`s instructions.

If black vertical streaks appear on the page: The surface (drum part) of the cartridge inside the machine has probably been scratched. Remove the cartridge and install a new one (see Replacing the toner cartridge, Replacing the imaging unit).
Ghost prints happen when the drum or fuser unit within your printer become faulty. Because a fault with this element won`t heat the particles of the toner to a high enough temperature, the marks being made on the paper are much lighter in colour and appear more faded than typical documents.
Ink cartridges can dry out if they are sitting idle in your printer for an extended period of time. The best way to prevent an ink cartridge from drying out is by running a small print job every week, this keeps your cartridge primed.
If you do not turn on the printer for a long time, the printer may malfunction. If you will not use the printer for more than two weeks, maintenance must be performed by a service engineer before and after this period.
Because the dots must be heated and cooled very rapidly, and there is friction as the ribbon or paper passes against the printhead , the printhead will eventually wear out.
On HP printers, a “cold reset” causes the printer to return to its factory default settings, which among other things, causes it to try and retrieve its configuration information from a BOOTP server. This is how SAP printers and Athena printers should receive their configuration information.
Cost. The cost of purchasing a thermal printer is higher than that of an inkjet printer. The main reason for this is that a thermal printer uses special ribbons, whereas an inkjet printer uses standard ink cartridges. The ribbons for thermal printers are more expensive, but they last up to ten years.

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HP Color Laserjet blank pages – only jetdirect page
ANSWER : What about the engine test? To do that, drop down the front tray. Feel around on the left side at the top and you’ll feel a little plastic dongle. If you lift up on that it will initiate an engine test page. That will be a page containing lines of each color.

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HP Laserjet 4000 Printing Blank Pages
ANSWER : Would just like to say thank you to every one. I am a teacher and need my printer for a ridiculous amount of paper work that keeps me away from working with students. My printer was down for 5 school days. I finally got the new toner and it still didn’t print. After following your meticulous instructions I was able to get it working. Thank you Thank you Thank you to all people who contributed to this.

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Prints blank pages, won't print from computer
ANSWER : Don’t know why you replaced the fuser, but assuming you had print before, then it must have been something you did during the procedure. Only thing I can suggest is to recheck your work. Just because you reinstalled a connector doesn’t mean that it is seated firmly enough to work. Any flat ribbon connectors that you removed and reinstalled, check to see that the contacts are all flat and not peeled back.

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HP LJ 1150 Printing multiple pages on one sheet?
ANSWER : Hey friends.

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HP LaserJet 2200D won't print configuration page
ANSWER : Find someone with a HP LaserJet 4100 and you can configure the card to the IP you want:

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HP Officejet 860 printer printing blank pages
ANSWER : First check the exact ink levels, replace if any one are low or empty.

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printing blank pages
ANSWER : You can’t let an inkjet printer sit that long. Try flushing the heads. Take out all the ink tanks and to the right of the assy. you will see a plastic lever. Lift it and it will release the heads. Take it to the sink and using hot running water, flush it from top and bottom several times. Then blot it dry and reinstall.

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Print file sent but no printing occurs
ANSWER : Been working on these since they first were released. Never seen a problem like yours. If it happens again, try doing an engine test, as it bypasses the formatter board. The engine test is located at the right side of the manual tray opening. Look for a hole in the side wall. Stick something like a paper clip into it to actuate the test button. It will then print a lined test page. If it does that, then it points to the formatter board as the cause of your problem.

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