How to Reset an HP 4100 Series Printer

By Nick Davis

Whether it's not responding when you send a print job or presenting error codes, your Hewlett-Packard (HP) 4100 series printer doesn't always perform like it should. One way to solve problems, clear errors and flush the printer's memory is to perform a reset of the device. The reset procedure is built into the HP 4100's configuration and doesn't require any commands from your computer or access to your printer's driver. Once the reset procedure is complete, your HP 4100 is ready to accept print jobs.

Things You'll Need

  • Flat head screwdriver (optional)

Resetting an HP 4100--Laser Printer Series

Step 1

Turn off your HP 4100 printer by flipping the "Power" switch on the right side of the printer to the "Off" position.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Go" button on the top of the printer near the display. Turn on your HP 4100 printer by flipping the "Power" switch to the "On" position.

Step 3

Release the "Go" button when "Cold Reset" appears on the printer's display. The word "Initializing" will appear, followed by "Restoring Factory Settings." When the word "Offline" appears, your printer is reset.

Step 4

Press "Go" to place your printer online so it can accept print jobs. The word "Ready" will appear on the display.

Resetting an HP 4100--Multifunction Printer

Step 1

Turn off your HP 4100 MFP printer by flipping the "Power" switch on the right side of the printer to the "Off" position.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Select" button on the front of the printer by the keypad. Turn on your HP 4100 MVP printer by flipping the "Power" switch to the "On" position.

Step 3

Release the "Select" button when all three LED lights illuminate. Press the up arrow button three times until "Cold Reset" appears on your printer's display.

Step 4

Press the "Select" button once. The word "Starts" will appear. Your printer is reset.

Tips & Warnings

  • Resetting your HP 4100 laser printer, using the procedure in the "Resetting HP 4100--Laser Printer Series" section, returns the printer to its "factory settings." If your printer contains an HP JetDirect card and is part of a computer network, use a flat head screwdriver to remove the JetDirect card from the back of your printer before performing the reset to keep your current configuration within the machine. Once the reset is complete, reinstall the JetDirect card and secure it with its two screws.