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Blinking Lights on the HP Deskjet 6540 Printer Series
The printer lights indicate the printer status. These lights can be on, off, or flashing, depending on the status of the printer. The sections below describe the most common combinations of flashing lights, what they mean, and how to fix the issue.
NOTE: The light patterns described in this document are also described as blinking or flashing lights. Flash means the same as blink in this document. If the printer lights flash or blink, this describes the same symptom.
Buttons and lights on the front panel
No lights are on
When the printer is first turned on, there is a period of approximately five seconds where there are no lights lit on the front panel. This is due to the printer initializing memory and preparing to function. If the Power light does not come on after approximately five seconds, the printer might need to be serviced.
Power light is flashing
If the Power light is flashing, the printer is preparing to print. The light stops flashing when the printer has received all data.
Resume light is flashing
If the Resume light is flashing, check the following conditions:
Print Cartridge Status light is on or flashing
The HP Deskjet 6540 series printer has two print cartridge status lights. The left light corresponds to the left print cartridge, and the right light corresponds to the right print cartridge.
If printing a borderless document when the light started flashing, follow the borderless printing guidelines . Otherwise, follow these steps:
Print Cartridge Status light is flashing after installing a new print cartridge (print cartridge rejection)
If the Print Cartridge Status light begins to flash after a new print cartridge is installed, this is known as print cartridge rejection. Print cartridge rejection occurs when an unknown or incorrect print cartridge is installed in the printer. If a print job is sent while the Print Cartridge Status light is on, a message stating that the print cartridge has been rejected and must be removed or replaced will open.
Follow the steps below to resolve this issue:
Print quality icon lights are on or flashing
Use the Print Quality Selector button to set print quality and print speed from the front of the printer. The Print Quality Selector button is located on the lower portion of the printer control panel.
The Print Quality Selector icons light up or flash to indicate the selected print quality.
Power and Resume lights are flashing in unison
If the Power and Resume lights on the printer begin blinking in unison, a carriage stall has occurred. Contact HP at the bottom of this document to find out how to contact a support representative. A support representative will review the steps described above and may service the product.
Power, Resume, and Print Cartridge Status lights are flashing in unison
The printer might need to be restarted.
If the lights continue to blink, return the printer for repair.
The light on the power cord illuminates when electricity is flowing through the cord. If the light is off, then the cord is not receiving power.