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HP DeskJet 2600 printers - E4 error (Paper jam)

During a print job, the printer stops feeding pages, an E4 error displays and the Resume light blinks. This indicates that paper might be jammed inside the printer.

Note:

Paper jams can be real or false. The printer might report a paper jam even when there is no jammed paper. The following steps apply to both real and false paper jams.

Example of E4 error and blinking Resume light

Perform the following tasks in the order given. Use the printer after each task to see if the issue is resolved.

Clear jammed paper from the printer

Paper jams can occur in multiple areas of the printer. If you cannot find the paper jam in one area, continue to the next area until the jam is located.

Make sure the carriage can move freely

Make sure the carriage can move from one side of the printer to the other with no obstructions.

  1. Turn on the printer.

  2. Open the ink cartridge access door.

    Opening the ink cartridge access door
  3. Wait until the carriage is idle and silent before you continue.

  4. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.

    Warning:

    To avoid risk of injuries or electric shock, you must disconnect the power cord before reaching inside the printer.

  5. Use a flashlight to check for any paper or objects that might be restricting the carriage, and then remove any paper or objects that you find.

    CAUTION:

    If the paper tears when you remove it from the rollers, check the rollers and wheels for torn pieces of paper that might remain inside the printer. If pieces of paper remain in the printer, more paper jams can occur.

  6. Reach inside the printer through the ink cartridge access door, and then manually move the carriage.

    • If the carriage is stuck on the right side of the printer, move the carriage to the left side of the printer.

    • If the carriage is stuck on the left side of the printer, move the carriage to the right side of the printer.

    • If the carriage is stuck in the middle of the printer, move the carriage to the right side of the printer.

  7. Remove any loose paper or obstructions you find.

  8. Make sure the carriage can move freely across the width of the printer. Firmly push the carriage to the left side of the printer, and then to the right side.

  9. Close the ink cartridge access door.

    Closing the ink cartridge access door
  10. Reconnect the power cord, and then turn on the printer.

Use an automated tool to clean the paper rollers

Clean the printer's paper rollers with an automated tool.

  1. Turn on the printer.

  2. Remove any paper from the input tray.

  3. Press and hold the Power button, press the Cancel button three times, press the Start Color Copy button seven times, and then release the Power button.

    The printer makes noise for approximately one minute while cleaning the paper rollers.

Use an automated tool to clean ink smears

Clean ink smears with the automated tool in the printer to clear jams and optimize print quality.

  1. Turn on the printer.

  2. Load paper into the input tray.

  3. Press and hold the Power button, press the Cancel button three times, press the Start Color Copy button eight times, and then release the Power button.

    The printer feeds one page and makes noise for about one minute.

Manually clean the paper rollers inside the printer

Dust, paper fiber, and other debris might accumulate on the paper feed rollers and cause paper jams and paper feed issues. Clean the rollers inside the printer, and then try to print again.

  1. Turn off the printer, and then disconnect the power cord.

    Warning:

    To avoid risk of injuries or electric shock, you must disconnect the power cord before reaching inside the printer.

  2. Raise the input tray.

    Raising the input tray
  3. Lift and hold the input tray shield.

  4. Look down through the open input tray and find the gray paper pick rollers. You might need a flashlight to illuminate the area.

    Location of the paper pick rollers
  5. Lightly dampen a cotton swab with water, and then squeeze any excess liquid from the swab.

  6. Press the swab against the rollers, and then rotate them upward with your fingers. Apply a moderate amount of pressure to remove dust or dirt buildup.

  7. Lower the input tray shield.

  8. Allow the rollers to dry completely (approximately 10 minutes).

  9. Reconnect the power cord, and then turn on the printer.

Reset the printer

Reset the printer to recover from printer errors or failures.

  1. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the printer.

  2. Unplug the power cord from the power source.

  3. Wait 60 seconds.

  4. Reconnect the power cord to a wall outlet and to the printer.

    Note:

    HP recommends plugging the printer directly into a wall outlet.

  5. Turn on the printer to complete the reset.

Service the printer

Service or replace your HP product if the issue persists after completing all the preceding steps.

Go to Contact HP Customer Support to schedule a product repair or replacement. If you are in Asia Pacific, you will be directed to a local service center in your area.

To confirm your warranty status, go to HP Product Warranty Check. Repair fees might apply for out-of-warranty products.


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