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Russell H., Printer and Office Tech
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Alarm light is on, not allowing printer to be used, printer

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alarm light is on, not allowing printer to be used
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Customer: printer will not operate. on light flashes alternately with alarm light. printer cannot be used
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Russell H. replied 1 year ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

Check on whatever might make the Alarm light come On.

1: enough paper - but not too much. Over 25 sheets sometimes bothers printers.

2: unplug from power for 15+ minutes, then try again.

3: check ink levels. If any cartridge is too low, that might alarm the printer. But: don't just replace cartridges blindly. That is an expense, and usually doesn't work. Use the printer's controls/display (depending upon model) or use the software provided with the printer on your computer, to determine the ink levels.

Let me know the maker and model #, and I will advise you in more specific terms. Thanks.