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HP LaserJet 4250 and 4350 Series Printers - Control Panel Layout and Features

Control panel and its features

This section provides information about the control panel and its features:

The control panel is located on the front of the printer.

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Control-panel layout

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1
Stop button
2
Ready light
3
Data light
4
Attention light
5
Menu button
6
Graphical display
7
Down button
8
Help button
9
Select button
10
Up button
11
Back button

Control-panel buttons

Button
Function
Product illustrationProduct illustration (Help )
Provides information about the message on the graphical display.
Product illustrationProduct illustration (Back )
Backs up one level in the menu tree or backs up one numeric entry.
Exits menus if held down for more than 1 second.
Menu
Enters and exits the menus.
Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up )
Navigates to the previous item in the list, or increases the value of items that are numerical in nature.
Product illustrationProduct illustration (Select )
Clears an error condition when the condition is clearable.
Saves the selected value for an item.
Performs the action that is associated with the item that is highlighted on the graphical display.
Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down )
Navigates to the next item in the list, or decreases the value of items that are numerical in nature.
Stop
Cancels the current print job in process and expels all of the active pages from the paper path. The time that it takes to cancel the job depends on the size of the print job. (Press the button only once.) Also clears continuable errors that are associated with the canceled job.
The control panel lights cycle while the print job is cleared from both the printer and the computer, and then the printer returns to the ready state (Ready light on).

Control-panel lights

Light
State
Indication
Ready
On
The printer is online and ready to accept data to print.
Off
The printer cannot accept data because it is offline (paused) or has experienced an error.
Blinking
The printer is going offline. The printer stops processing the current print job and expels all of the active pages from the paper path.
Data
On
The printer has data to print, but is waiting to receive all of the data.
Off
The printer has no data to print.
Blinking
The printer is processing or printing the data.
Attention
On
The printer has experienced a problem. Note the message on the control-panel display, and then turn the printer off and on.
Off
The printer is functioning without error.
Blinking
Action is required. See the control-panel display.

Printing control-panel menus

To see the current settings for the menus and items that are available at the control panel, print a control-panel menu map. You might want to store the menu map near the printer for reference.

To print a control-panel menu map

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Use Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) to scroll to INFORMATION , and then press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Select button).

  3. Use Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) to scroll to PRINT MENU MAP , and then press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Select button).

Using the printer Help system

This printer features a Help system at the control panel that provides instructions for resolving most printer errors.

To view Help for a message (if available), press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Help button). If the Help topic is longer than four lines, use the Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) to scroll through the entire topic.

To exit the Help system, press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Help button) again.

Changing printer-control-panel configuration settings

By using the printer control panel, you can make changes to general printer configuration default settings such as tray size and type, sleep delay, printer personality (language), and jam recovery.

The printer-control-panel settings can also be changed from a computer by using the setting page of the embedded Web server. The computer shows the same information that the control panel shows.

Configuration settings seldom need to be changed. Hewlett-Packard Company recommends that only the system administrator change configuration settings.

Changing control-panel settings

Certain menu options appear only if the associated tray or accessory is installed. For example, the EIO menu appears only if an EIO card is installed.

To change a control-panel setting

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Use Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) to scroll to the menu that you want, and then press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Select button).

  3. Some menus might have several submenus. Use Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) to scroll to the submenu item that you want, and then press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Select button).

  4. Use Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) to scroll to the setting, and then press Product illustrationProduct illustration (Select button). Some settings change rapidly if Product illustrationProduct illustration (Up button) or Product illustrationProduct illustration (Down button) is held down. An asterisk (*) appears next to the selection on the display, indicating that it is now the default.

  5. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Printer-driver settings override control-panel settings. Software program settings override both printer-driver settings and control-panel settings. If you cannot gain access to a menu or item, it is either not an option for the printer or you have not turned on the associated higher-level option. See your network administrator if a function has been locked (Access denied menus locked appears on the printer control-panel display).

Job storage limit

This option sets the limit for the maximum number of jobs that can be stored on the hard drive at the printer. The maximum number allowed is 100, and the default value is 32.

This option is only available if a hard drive is installed.

To set the job storage limit

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select JOB STORAGE LIMIT .

  7. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to change the value.

  8. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the value.

  9. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Job held timeout

This option sets the period of time that the system keeps files in job storage before deleting them from the queue. The default setting for this option is OFF ; the other available settings are 1 HOUR , 4 HOURS , 1 DAY , and 1 WEEK .

This option is only available if a hard drive is installed.

To set the job held timeout

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight JOB HELD TIMEOUT .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select JOB HELD TIMEOUT .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate time period.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the time period.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Show address

This item determines whether the printer's IP address appears on the display with the Ready message. If more than one EIO card is installed, the IP address of the card that is installed in the first slot appears.

To show the IP address

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SHOW ADDRESS .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SHOW ADDRESS .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the desired option.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select the option.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Tray behavior options

Four user-defined options are available for tray behavior:

  • USE REQUESTED TRAY . Selecting EXCLUSIVELY ensures that the printer does not automatically select another tray when you indicate that a specific tray should be used. Selecting FIRST allows the printer to pull from a second tray if the specified tray is empty. EXCLUSIVELY is the default setting.

  • MANUALLY FEED PROMPT . If you select ALWAYS (the default value), the system always shows a prompt before pulling from the multipurpose tray. If you select UNLESS LOADED , the system displays the prompt only if the multipurpose tray is empty.

  • PS DEFER MEDIA . This setting affects how non-HP PostScript drivers behave with the printer. You do not need to change this setting if you use the drivers that HP supplies. If set to ENABLED , non-HP PostScript drivers use the same HP tray selection method as the HP drivers. If set to DISABLED , some non-HP PostScript drivers use the PostScript tray selection method instead of the HP method.

  • SIZE/TYPE PROMPT . Use this item to control whether the tray configuration message and its corresponding prompts are shown whenever a tray is opened and closed. These prompts instruct you to change the type or size if the tray is configured for a different type or size than is loaded in the tray.

To set Use Requested Tray

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  8. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select USE REQUESTED TRAY .

  9. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select EXCLUSIVELY or FIRST .

  10. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the behavior.

  11. Press Menu to exit the menu.

To set Manually Feed Prompt

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  8. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight MANUALLY FEED PROMPT .

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select MANUALLY FEED PROMPT .

  10. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select ALWAYS or UNLESS LOADED .

  11. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the behavior.

  12. Press Menu to exit the menu.

To set the printer default for PS Defer Media

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  8. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select PS DEFER MEDIA .

  9. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select ENABLED or DISABLED .

  10. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the behavior.

  11. Press Menu to exit the menu.

To set Size/type prompt

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select TRAY BEHAVIOR .

  8. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SIZE/TYPE PROMPT .

  9. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select DISPLAY or DO NOT DISPLAY .

  10. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the behavior.

  11. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Sleep Delay

The adjustable Sleep Delay feature reduces power consumption when the printer has been inactive for an extended period. You can set the length of time before the printer goes into sleep mode to 1 MINUTE , 15 MINUTES , 30 MINUTES , or to 60 MINUTES , 90 MINUTES , 2 HOURS , or 4 HOURS . The default setting is 30 MINUTES .

The printer control-panel display dims when the printer is in sleep mode. Sleep mode does not affect printer warm-up time unless the printer was in sleep mode for more than 8 hours.

To set the Sleep Delay

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SLEEP DELAY .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SLEEP DELAY .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate time period.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the time period.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

To turn the Sleep Mode on or off

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight RESETS .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select RESETS .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SLEEP MODE .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SLEEP MODE .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select ON or OFF .

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Personality

This printer features automatic personality (printer language) switching.

  • AUTO configures the printer to automatically detect the type of print job and configure its personality to accommodate that job. This is the default setting. Use this setting unless you are experiencing problems.

  • PCL configures the printer to use Printer Control Language.

  • PDF configures the printer to print .PDF files. (This option is only available the printer has sufficient memory.)

  • PS configures the printer to use PostScript emulation.

To set the personality

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight PERSONALITY .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select PERSONALITY .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate personality (AUTO , PS , PCL , or PDF ).

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the personality.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Clearable warnings

You can determine the display time for control-panel clearable warnings with this option by selecting ON or JOB . The default value is JOB .

  • Select ON to show clearable warnings until you press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button).

  • Select JOB to show clearable warnings until the end of the job in which they were generated.

To set the clearable warnings

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CLEARABLE WARNINGS .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CLEARABLE WARNINGS .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate setting.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Auto continue

You can determine printer behavior when the system generates an Auto Continuable error. ON is the default setting.

  • Select ON if you want an error message to appear for ten seconds before the printer automatically continues to print.

  • Select OFF to pause printing any time an error message appears and until you press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button).

To set the auto continue

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight AUTO CONTINUE .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select AUTO CONTINUE .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate setting.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Cartridge low

The printer has two options for reporting that print cartridge life is low: CONTINUE is the default value.

  • Select CONTINUE to allow the printer to continue printing while a warning appears and until the print cartridge is replaced.

  • Select STOP if you want the printer to pause printing until you replace the used print cartridge or press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button), which allows the printer to print while the warning appears.

To set supplies-low reporting

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CARTRIDGE LOW .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CARTRIDGE LOW .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate setting.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Cartridge out

The printer has two options for this menu item.

  • Select CONTINUE to allow the printer to continue printing. A REPLACE CARTRIDGE warning message appears until the print cartridge is replaced. Printing in this mode can continue only for a specific number of pages. After that, the printer stops printing until you replace the empty print cartridge. This is the default setting.

  • Select STOP if you want the printer to stop printing until the empty print cartridge is replaced.

To set the cartridge-out response

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CARTRIDGE OUT .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CARTRIDGE OUT .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate setting.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Jam recovery

Use this option to configure the printer response to jams, including how the printer handles the pages involved. AUTO is the default value.

  • AUTO . The printer automatically turns jam recovery on when sufficient memory is available.

  • ON . The printer reprints any page that is involved in a jam. Additional memory is allocated to store the last few pages that were printed, and this might cause overall printer performance to suffer.

  • OFF . The printer does not reprint any page that was involved in a jam. Because no memory is used to store the most recent pages, overall printer performance might be optimized.

To set the jam-recovery response

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight JAM RECOVERY .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select JAM RECOVERY .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate setting.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

RAM disk

This option determines how the RAM disk feature is configured. This option is only available if no hard disk is installed and the printer has at least 8 MB of free memory. The default is AUTO .

  • AUTO . The printer determines the optimal RAM disk size based on the amount of available memory.

  • OFF . The RAM disk is disabled, but a minimal RAM disk is still active (sufficient to scan one page).

To set the RAM disk

  1. Press Menu to open the menus.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select CONFIGURE DEVICE .

  4. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight SYSTEM SETUP .

  5. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select SYSTEM SETUP .

  6. Press down buttondown button (Down button) to highlight RAM DISK .

  7. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to select RAM DISK .

  8. Press up buttonup button (Up button) or down buttondown button (Down button) to select the appropriate setting.

  9. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to set the selection.

  10. Press Menu to exit the menu.

Language

If LANGUAGE appears in English on the control panel, use the following procedure. Otherwise, turn the printer off and then on again. When XXX MB appears, press and hold checkmarkcheckmark (Select button). When all three control panel lights are lit, release checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) and use the following procedure to set the language.

To select the language

  1. When SELECT LANGUAGE appears in English, press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button), and wait until LANGUAGE appears in English.

  2. Press down buttondown button (Down button) until the preferred language appears.

  3. Press checkmarkcheckmark (Select button) to save the preferred language.

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