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HP LaserJet 4200, 4300 Series Printers - First Time Setup and Installation


This document explains how to set up, install, and move the printer.

WARNING: The printer is heavy. To prevent physical injury, two people should lift and move the printer.


Setting up the printer

Prepare the location

Place the printer in a well-ventilated room on a sturdy, level surface. Allow space around the printer, including 2 inches (50 mm) of space around the printer for ventilation.

Figure 1: HP LaserJet 4200/4200n/4200tn/4200dtn/4200dtns/4200dtnsL and HP LaserJet 4300/4300n/4300tn/4300dtn/4300dtns/4300dtnsL dimensions

1 - 412 mm (16.2 inches)
2 - 1045 mm (41.1 inches)

Figure 2: HP LaserJet 4200/4200n/4300/4300n dimensions

1 - 547 mm (21.5 inches)

Figure 3: HP LaserJet 4200tn/4200dtn/4300tn/4300dtn dimensions

1 - 670 mm (26.4 inches)
2 - 1045 mm (41.1 inches)

Figure 4: HP LaserJet 4200dtns/4200dtnsL and HP LaserJet 4300dtns/4300dtnsL dimensions

1 - 740 mm (29.1 inches)

Check the power supply

Make sure that the location has an adequate power supply. Check the voltage rating on the printer (located under the top cover). The power supply will be either 110 to 127 Vac or 220 to 240 Vac, 50/60 Hz.

Regulate the environment

Do not place the printer in direct sunlight or near chemicals. Make sure that the environment does not experience abrupt changes in temperature or humidity.

  • Temperature: 50 to 91 degrees F (10 to 32.5 degrees C)

  • Relative humidity: 20 to 80%

Check the package contents

Make sure that all the parts are included.

Figure 5: Printer package contents

1 - Printer
2 - Right-angle power cord
3 - Control panel overlay (this part might already be installed on the printer)
4 - Print cartridge
5 - Software and documentation on CD-ROM
6 - Optional 500-sheet feeder*
7 - Optional duplexer *
8 - Optional stapler/stacker *

*This item is included with some models; it is available for all other models as an optional accessory.

Identify printer parts

See Figure 6 and Figure 7 to become familiar with the product.

Figure 6: Front view

1 - Control panel
2 - Tray 1
3 - Paper level indicator
4 - Tray 2
5 - Standard output bin
6 - Top cover (provides access to the print cartridge, the serial number, the model number, and the voltage rating)
7 - Power switch

Figure 7: Back view

1 - Memory access door
2 - Enhanced input/output (EIO) slots (some models have an optional HP Jetdirect print server installed)
3 - Output-accessory cover
4 - Rear-output bin
5 - Duplexer slot cover
6 - Power-cord connector
7 - Parallel interface port

Remove the packing materials

  1. Remove the shipping bag and any orange tape from the front and back of the printer.

  2. Open the printer top cover and remove the foam packing material inside.

    Figure 8: Foam packing material inside the top cover

  3. Remove the plastic film from the control panel display.

  4. Open Tray 1 and remove the orange sheet.

  5. Open Tray 2 and remove all orange tape and packing materials.

    Figure 9: Orange sheet, orange tape, and packing materials from Tray 1 and Tray 2

  6. Close both trays.

    NOTE: Save all the packing material in case the printer needs to be repacked at a later date.

Install the print cartridge

  1. Remove the print cartridge from its packaging.

  2. Bend and then pull the sealing tab from the end of the print cartridge to remove the entire length of the tape.

    Figure 10: Sealing tab on end of print cartridge

    1 - Sealing tab bent and removed from end of print cartridge
    CAUTION: Avoid touching any black toner on the tape. If the toner gets on clothing, wipe it off with a dry cloth and wash the clothing in cold water. Hot water sets the toner into the fabric.
  3. Lift the printer top cover.

    Figure 11: Printer top cover

  4. Slide the print cartridge into the printer as far as it can go.

    Figure 12: Print cartridge

  5. Close the top cover.

    NOTE: If the top cover does not close, make sure the print cartridge is correctly installed.

Install any optional accessories

Use the separate installation instructions to install any accessories that were purchased with the printer.

Figure 13: Accessories

1 - Stackable 500-sheet feeder*
2 - Memory Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM), flash DIMM, or font DIMM
3 - Stacker or stapler/stacker
4 - Power envelope feeder
5 - Storage cabinet
6 - Duplexer for two-sided printing
7 - Hard disk
8 - EIO accessories
9 - 1500-sheet feeder*

*The printer supports a maximum of two optional feeders (two 500-sheet feeders or one 500-sheet feeder and one 1,500-sheet feeder).

Load tray 2

For information about loading other trays, see the printer user guide on the CD-ROM.

  1. Pull Tray 2 completely out of the printer.

  2. Pinch the release on the left guide and slide the guides to the correct paper size.

    Figure 14: Tray 2 left-guide release

    1 - Left guide release on tray
    2 - Paper size selection: LTR, EXEC, JIS B5
  3. Pinch the release on the rear-paper guide and slide it to the correct paper size.

    Figure 15: Tray 2 rear-guide release

    1 - Paper size selection: LTR, EXEC, JIS B5
    2 - Rear guide release on Tray 2
  4. Rotate the blue knob on the right side of the tray to the correct paper size. (Turn the knob to Standard for LTR, A4, LGL, EXEC, A5, and JIS B5 paper sizes, or to Custom for custom paper sizes.)

    Figure 16: Tray 2 blue knob

    1 - Blue knob on tray 2
  5. Load paper into the paper tray with the top edge of the paper facing the front edge of the tray. Make sure that the paper is flat at all four corners and that the top of the stack is below the maximum-height indicators.

    Figure 17: Paper inserted into Tray 2

    1 - Maximum-height indicators on Tray 2
    CAUTION: Do not fan the paper. Fanning can cause misfeeds.
  6. Slide the tray back into the printer.

Connect an interface cable

To connect the printer directly to a computer

  1. Connect an IEEE 1284-compliant (size “B”) parallel cable between the parallel port on the computer and the parallel port on the printer.

    NOTE: A parallel cable is not included.

    Figure 18: Parallel cable connections

    1 - Parallel cable connection on back of printer
  2. Snap the wire clips into place to secure the cable at the printer.

To connect the printer to an Ethernet 10/100 Base-T network

Connect a network cable between the HP Jetdirect print server and a port for the network.

Figure 19: Network cable connections

1 - Network cable connection on back of printer

Connect the right-angle power cord

  1. Check the voltage rating on the printer (located under the top cover). The power supply will be either 110 to 127 Vac or 220 to 240 Vac, 50/60 Hz. (This is the second time the voltage is checked.)

  2. Make sure the power switch is in the off (“0”) position.

  3. Connect the right-angle power cord between the printer and a grounded power strip or ac outlet.

Figure 20: Right-angle power cord connection

1 - Right-angle power cord connection on printer
NOTE: If the optional duplexer has been installed, pull the duplexer out to connect the power cord, and then push the duplexer back in.
CAUTION: To prevent damage to the printer, use only the power cord that is provided.

Install the control panel overlay (optional)

  1. If necessary, remove the overlay that is currently installed on the printer by inserting a thin, rigid object such as a credit card under the top edge of the overlay and then pulling up on the overlay until it comes off.

  2. Place the overlay onto the control panel and snap it into place.

Figure 21: Control panel overlay

Turn the printer power on

Turn the power switch to the on position (“|”) and wait for the printer to warm up. If the printer??? automatically set the language, go to “Test the Printer” below. If the printer did not set the language, go to “Set the control panel language” below.

Set the control panel language

Use (Up Arrow) and (Down Arrow) to scroll to a language and press (Select) to select it. (To change the language after it has been set, see the printer User Guide on the CD-ROM).

Test the printer

To verify that the printer is operating correctly, print a Configuration page.

  1. Press (Select) to enter the menus.

  2. Use (Up Arrow) and (Down Arrow) to scroll to INFORMATION and press (Select).

  3. Use (Up Arrow) and (Down Arrow) to scroll to PRINT CONFIGURATION and press (Select).

    NOTE: If the Configuration page does not print, make sure that there are no messages (other than "Ready" on the control panel display, that the Ready light (top light) is on, and that no other lights are on or blinking. Make sure that paper is loaded and that the paper tray is properly adjusted. Make sure that the print cartridge is installed correctly.

Install the printing software

Procedures for software installation vary according to the operating system and the network environment. Insert the CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive. When the installation wizard starts, follow the instructions. See the Readme file (READ4300) on the CD-ROM if the installation wizard does not start or for detailed installation information.

Test the software installation

Print a page from any program to make sure the software is correctly installed.

NOTE: If installation fails, reinstall the software. If reinstallation fails, see the Readme on the CD-ROM, see the support flyer that came in the printer box, or visit In the Select your country/region field at the top, select the country/region and click (Next). Click the Support block.

Register the printer

Register the printer at to receive important support and technical information.

Congratulations. The printer is ready to use. For information about using the printer and troubleshooting, see these sources:


Lifting the printer

Use the following steps to lift and move the printer.

WARNING: To prevent possible injury or damage to the printer, remove any currently installed optional accessories prior to moving the printer.
  1. To lift the printer, grip the handles on the sides of the printer.

    WARNING: The printer is heavy and should be lifted by two people .

    Figure 22: Example of proper lifting procedure

    Figure 23: Example of accessory addition

  2. Install onto any accessories (for example, an 500-sheet feeder), prior to installing any other accessories such as the stapler/stacker.

    Figure 24: Example of stapler stacker installation

  3. If the bottom of the printer is attached to an accessory (such as a 500-sheet tray, 1,500-sheet tray, or storage cabinet), the accessory latches must be locked after installing the accessory. Click here for more information about how to lock an accessory.

    Figure 25: Accessory latch location


Locking optional accessories

For more stability against tipping over, the optional trays and cabinet can be locked to the bottom of the printer. To lock the accessories, locate the lever on the upper-left side of the optional tray and rotate the lever to the rear (locked) position.

Printer input tray, and cabinet wheel locks

When the printer and input trays are placed on the cabinet stand, the printer and trays must be locked together to prevent them from tipping over. This is not necessary (but it is recommended) if the printer and trays are placed on a level work surface. When servicing the printer and accessories, unlatch the locking mechanism and separate the printer and its accessory components.

The cabinet stand includes lock for the wheels at its base. Make sure that the wheels are locked when the printer is in place. The wheels should be unlocked only when the printer is being relocated.

Figure 26: Location of printer, input trays, and cabinet wheel locks


Unlocking optional accessories

For more stability against tipping over, the optional trays and cabinet may be locked to the bottom of the printer. To unlock the accessories, rotate the lever to the forward (unlocked) position.


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