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HP LaserJet P2050 Series Printer - Control panel

Control-panel layout

Use the control panel to obtain product and job status information and to configure the product.

1: Control-panel components

1 - Control-panel display
2 - Up arrow
3 - OK button
4 - Down arrow
5 - Back button
6 - Ready light
7 - Cancel button
8 - Error light

Use the control-panel menus

To gain access to the control-panel menus, complete the steps below.

Use the menus

  1. Press OK .

  2. Press the down arrow or the up arrow to navigate the listings.

  3. Press OK to select the appropriate option.

  4. Press the back button to return to the previous level.

The following are the main menus.

Main menus
System setup
Network config.

Reports menu

Use the Reports menu to print reports that provide information about the product.

Menu item
Demo page
Prints a page that demonstrates print quality.
Menu structure
Prints a map of the control-panel-menu layout. The active settings for each menu are listed.
Config report
Prints a list of all the product settings. Includes network information when the product is connected to a network.
Supplies status
Prints the status for the print cartridge, including the following information:
  • Estimated pages remaining

  • Part number

  • Number of pages printed

Network report
Prints a list of all product network settings
Usage page
Prints a page that lists PCL 5 pages, PCL 6 pages, PS pages, pages that were jammed or mispicked in the product; and reports the page count
PCL font list
Prints a list of all the PCL 5 fonts that are installed
PS font list
Prints a list of all the PostScript (PS) fonts that are installed
PCL 6 font list
Prints a list of all the PCL 6 fonts that are installed
Service page
Prints the service report

System setup menu

Use this menu to establish basic product settings. The System setup menu has several sub-menus. Each is described in the following table.

Menu item
Sub-menu item
Sub-menu item
Select the language for the control-panel display messages and the product reports.
Quiet mode
Enable or disable quiet mode. When quiet mode is turned on, the product prints at a slower speed.
The default setting is Off .
Paper setup
Def. paper size
A list of available paper sizes appears.
Select the size for printing internal reports or any print job that does not specify a size.
Def. paper type
A list of available paper types appears.
Select the media type for printing internal reports or any print job that does not specify a type.
Tray n
n = 1, 2, or 3
Paper type
Paper size
Select the default size and type for the tray from the list of available sizes and types.
Paper out action
Wait forever
Select how the product should react when a print job requires a size or type that is not available or when a specified tray is empty.
Select Wait forever to make the product wait until you load the correct media and press OK . This is the default setting.
Select Override to print on a different size or type after a specified delay.
Select Cancel to automatically cancel the print job after a specified delay.
If you select either Override or Cancel , the control panel prompts you to specify the number of seconds to delay. Press the up arrow to increase the time, up to 3600 seconds. Press the down arrow to decrease the time.
Print quality
Cartridge low
The percentage threshold determines when the product begins reporting low toner.
Print density
Select how much toner to apply to thicken edges and lines.
The default setting is 3 .
Courier font
Select a version of the Courier font.
The default is Regular .
Display contrast
Adjust the contrast of the LCD.

Service menu

Use this menu to restore default settings, clean the product, and activate special modes that affect print output.

Menu item
Cleaning mode
Use this option to clean the product if you see toner specks or other marks on the printed output. The cleaning process removes dust and excess toner from the paper path.
When you select this item, the product prompts you to load plain paper in Tray 1 and then press OK to start the cleaning process. Wait until the process is complete. Discard the page that prints.
USB speed
Sets the USB speed to High or Full . For the product to actually operate at high speed, it must have high speed enabled and be connected to an EHCI host controller that is also operating at high speed. This menu item also does not reflect the current operating speed of the product.
The default setting is High .
Less paper curl
If printed pages are consistently curled, use this option to set the product to a mode that reduces curl.
The default setting is Off .
Archive print
If you are printing pages that will be stored for a long time, use this option to set the product to a mode that reduces toner smearing and dusting.
The default setting is Off .
Restore defaults
Resets all customized settings to the factory default values.

Network config. menu

Use this menu to establish network configuration settings.

Menu item
Access the TCP/IP menu and set TCP/IP protocol parameters.
  • BOOTP=YES* Enable IPv4 configuration by a BOOTP Server.

  • DHCP=YES* Enable IPv4 configuration by a DHCP Server.

If DHCP=YES* and the print server has a DHCP lease, you can configure the following DHCP settings:
  • RELEASE : Select whether to release (YES ) or save (NO ) the current lease.

  • RENEW : Select whether to renew (YES or NO ) the lease.

AUTO IP=YES* Automatically assign a link-local IPv4 address in the form 169.254.x.x.
If you specify BOOTP=NO* , DHCP=NO* and AUTO IP=NO* , you can manually set the following TCP/IPv4 parameters from the control panel:
  • Each byte of the IPv4 address (IP)

  • Subnet Mask (SM)

  • Syslog Server (LG)

  • Default Gateway (GW)

  • Idle Timeout period (default is 270 seconds, 0 disables the timeout)

CFG DNS 1 : IPv4 address of a primary DNS server (one byte at a time).
CFG DNS 2 : IPv4 address of a secondary DNS server (one byte at a time).
IPV6 = YES* : Enable IPv6 operation. Select NO to disable IPv6 operation.
POLICY=RTR_AV/RTR_UN/ALWAYS : Set one of the following IPv6 addressing policies:
  • RTR_AV : (default) Stateful auto-configuration method is determined by a router. The router specifies whether the print server obtains its address, configuration information, or both from a DHCPv6 server.

  • RTR_UN : Attempt to obtain stateful configuration from a DHCPv6 server (when a router is not available).

  • ALWAYS : Always attempt to obtain stateful configuration from a DHCPv6 server (whether or not a router is available).

MANUAL= KEEP/DISABLE : Set the behavior of a manually configured IPv6 address detected on the print server.
  • KEEP (default): Maintain the address in an active state.

  • DISABLE : Maintain the address but in an inactive state.

Print an HP Jetdirect configuration page to verify your settings. (The print server can overwrite selected parameters with values that ensure proper operation.)
Embedded Web server accepts communications using HTTPS (Secure HTTP) only, or both HTTP and HTTPS.
  • HTTPS : Accept only HTTPS (print server appears as a secure site).

  • HTTP/HTTPS : Accept either HTTP or HTTPS.

Reset current security settings to factory defaults.
  • KEEP (default): Retain current security settings.

  • RESET : Reset security settings to factory defaults.

Disable Firewall.
  • KEEP (default): Retain Firewall operation as configured.

  • DISABLE : Disable Firewall operation.

Print a configuration page for the selected item.
SECURITY : Print the current security settings.
Manually configure the HP Jetdirect print server's network link.
Set the link speed and communication mode. These must match the network. The available settings depend on the print server model.
Changing the link setting can cause the loss of network communication with the print server.
  • AUTO (default): Use auto-negotiation to set the highest link speed and communication mode allowed. If auto-negotiation fails, either 100TX HALF or 10TX HALF is set depending on the detected link speed of the hub/switch port. (A 1000T half-duplex selection is not supported.)

  • 10T HALF : 10 Mbps, half-duplex operation.

  • 10T FULL : 10 Mbps, Full-duplex operation.

  • 100TX HALF : 100 Mbps, half-duplex operation.

  • 100TX FULL : 100 Mbps, full-duplex operation.

  • 100TX AUTO : Limits auto-negotiation to a maximum link speed of 100 Mbps.

  • 1000TX FULL : 1000 Mbps, full-duplex operation.

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