How to Align an HP LaserJet 4700

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The HP Color LaserJet 4700 is a high-capacity colour printer designed for office use. Making sure that this printer's cartridges are properly aligned, or calibrated, is important because if they are offset in any way, they can affect the print quality. You might see colours and lines on the print page that are out of place. The device should calibrate itself when you replace the cartridges and periodically as part of its self-maintenance. You can also calibrate it manually by prompting it to do so through options on the control panel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Automatic Calibration With Cartridge Installation

  1. 1

    Lift the top cover over the printer when the display message on the control panel says "Replace Cartridge." It will indicate which colour cartridge needs to be replaced.

  2. 2

    Pull down the front cover and transfer unit and remove the old cartridge from the printer, following the instructions printed on the machine.

  3. 3

    Insert the new cartridge after you have removed it from its packaging. Align this cartridge with the tracks in the printer and push it in all the way.

  4. 4

    Close the front cover and the top cover and wait for the control panel to display the "Ready" message.

  5. 5

    Print a test page to test print quality. The printer should have automatically calibrated itself, but if you see misaligned colours, try recalibrating it manually.

    Manual Calibration

  1. 1

    Select "Menus" on the control panel.

  2. 2

    Select "Configure Device."

  3. 3

    Select "Print Quality."

  4. 4

    Select "Quick Calibrate Now" for a 65-second calibration. If this does not solve the problem, repeat steps 1 through 3 and select "Full Calibrate Now" for a more comprehensive calibration that takes about four minutes and 20 seconds.

Tips and warnings

  • If your printer still is not producing high-quality prints, try other troubleshooting techniques, because the problem may not be related to cartridge alignment. Consult your user manual or contact HP Support.

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