Printer grinds & then resume light blinks. Doesn't print.

Posted on 1999-07-15
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I get an error message: There was an error writing to LPT1:for the printer(HP Deskjet 540 printer)
The printer is not ready. Make sure it is turned on & on line. Lines are all connected, wont even print self-test.
Question by:Broker1
  • 2

Expert Comment

ID: 2016272
On the deskjet 540 what will sometimes happen is the side bars(paper holder) will sometimes come out of place.  Check to make sure that both side bars are where they belong.  The best bet is to make sure they are hooked up the same.  In order to see this you need to have the cover open and the paper tray out.  Check this with the printer off.

Accepted Solution

knowme earned 200 total points
ID: 2016273

Theres nothing wrong with your Printer. Deskjet 540 has no problem at all.

Your Deskjet 540 has a cover on the paper try, right?. Now, do not push it in, this case, the cover block the printer ribbon cartridge and it grinds, meaning to say, it cannot initialize.

Remove that cover at the top of the paper tray. and you will see. The printer will work.


Author Comment

ID: 2016274
The simplest answers always seem to be the best.

Expert Comment

ID: 2016275
Thanks! Does it work?

Featured Post

Get your problem seen by more experts

Be seen. Boost your question’s priority for more expert views and faster solutions

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

Printers have changed substantially in the last 30 or so years, not just in technical capabilities but in cost and usage as well.  Printers were originally used for interfacing with the operator, not necessarily for printing copy or pictures. In …
This article shows how to get a list of available printers for display in a drop-down list, and then to use the selected printer to print an Access report or a Word document filled with Access data, using different syntax as needed for working with …
Please read the paragraph below before following the instructions in the video — there are important caveats in the paragraph that I did not mention in the video. If your PaperPort 12 or PaperPort 14 is failing to start, or crashing, or hanging, …
In a question here at Experts Exchange (https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29062564/Adobe-acrobat-reader-DC.html), a member asked how to create a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (the free Reader product, not the paid, full Acrobat produ…

619 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question