HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers [How to Fix]

In this article, we will discuss the meaning of HP printer warning lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw printers and how to clear the warning lights.

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Solid White Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This indicates that your HP printer is in an idle state, and doesn’t have a wireless network connection. You can connect your printer to a network unless you don’t have use for it.

Solid White Light on the Bar and Solid Cartridge Light – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

When you see this, it means that the toner in your installed cartridge is low. While this warning doesn’t require you to replace the cartridge unless the print quality is unacceptable, you need to get a replacement cartridge ready. This way, when the print quality becomes unacceptable, you can easily make the replacement.

We recommend that you read this article: HP Printer Warning [Detailed Guide] to learn about other HP printer warnings that you might encounter when using your HP printer.

Solid White Light on the Bar and Blinking Cartridge Icon – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

When you see this, it means that the toner in your installed cartridge is low. In this case, you need to replace the cartridge.

Flashing White Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This is an indication that your printer is busy processing and printing a print job. You don’t need to do anything; just allow your printer to complete the process.

Central White Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This means that your HP printer has entered sleep mode. Unless you want to use the printer, you don’t need to do anything. However, if you want to use the printer, press the power button to wake your printer from sleep mode.

You can read this article: HP Printer Sleep Mode [How To, Issues & Solutions] to learn more about the sleep mode on HP printers.

Solid Amber Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

The doors of your HP printer aren’t properly closed. To resolve the problem, check and close all the printer doors.

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Solid Amber Light on the Bar and Blinking Paper Icon – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

The Paper might not be loaded correctly in the printer’s input tray, or there is no more paper in the tray.

How to Load Paper into HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

To load paper into your HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw printers, do the following steps:

Step 1: Move the tray’s paper guides to the input tray’s edges.

Step 2: Load plain paper into the input tray.

Ensure that the print side faces up and that the stack goes all the way into the printer.

Step 3: Move the paper guides to the side of the paper stack.

Ensure that the guides do not squeeze the stack.

Step 4: Bring down the cover of the input tray.

Step 5: Extend the printer’s output tray.

Step 6: After loading the paper, press the printer’s “Resume” button.

Solid Amber Light on the Bar and Blinking Cartridge Icon – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This is an indication that the toner in the cartridge is very low, or that the cartridge is protected, unauthorized or incompatible. Whatever the case might be, the solution is to replace the cartridge.

How to Replace Toner Cartridge on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

To replace the toner cartridge on an HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw printers, do the following steps:

Step 1: Open your printer’s cartridge access door.

Step 2: Take out the cartridge from your HP printer.

Step 3: Send the old toner cartridge for recycling.

Step 4: Take out the new cartridge from its packaging.

Caution: To avoid damaging the cartridge, hold it at both ends. Ensure that you don’t touch the roller surface or protective cover.

Step 5: Hold the cartridge on both sides, and then shake it gently back and forth to spread the toner within the cartridge.

Step 6: Take away the cover from the toner cartridge.

Step 7: Install the toner cartridge into your HP printer.

Step 8: Close your printer’s cartridge access door.

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Fast Blinking Amber Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This happens when your printer encounters a problem. To resolve this problem, do the steps below:

Step 1: Turn off your HP printer.

Step 2: Wait for about 30 seconds.

Step 3: Turn on your HP printer.

Solid Blue Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This indicates that your HP printer is in an idle state, but has an active wireless network connection. In this situation, you don’t have to do anything.

Pulsing Blue Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

When this happens, it means that your HP printer is about to establish a connection to a wireless network. You just have to allow the printer to establish the connection.

Pulsing Solid Blue Light and then Flashing Amber Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This occurs whenever your HP printer is unable to establish a connection to a wireless network. To resolve this problem, try to connect your printer to the wireless network again.

Note: If your printer is unable to connect, then you have to set the device to function in the Wireless Setup Mode. After doing that, wait for about 45 seconds before opening the HP Smart app to add your HP printer.

Solid Green Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

When you see this, it means that your HP printer is cooling down, downloading and installing an update, carrying out an automatic cleaning routine, waiting for confirmation, or initializing.

For any of these processes, you don’t have to do anything; just allow the printer to complete the process and return to ready mode.

Note: Sometimes, your HP printer might pause the print job to cool down. When this happens, do not do anything because the printer will resume printing when it is ready. Bear in mind that the cooling down process might require several minutes.

Pulsing Green Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

Your HP printer is carrying out routine maintenance. When this process occurs, you have to wait for the process to be complete.

Pulsing Purple Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This indicates that your printer has entered Wi-Fi setup mode. To complete the wireless connection, press the printer’s “Information” button when the printer’s “Information” button starts to blink.

You can click this link: How to Restore HP Printer Wi-Fi Setup Mode – HP Printer Setup to Wi-Fi to learn how to restore the HP Printer Wi-Fi Setup Mode on other HP printer models.

Fast Blinking Purple Light and then Flashing Amber Light on the Bar – HP Printer Warning Lights on HP LaserJet M211dw, M209dwe, M209dw, and M208dw Printers

This means that the Wi-Fi Protected Setup mode connection period has expired. To remove the error, press the printer’s “Cancel” button and then try to connect again.

Note: If your printer is unable to establish a connection, press down the printer’s “Wi-Fi” button for about 3 seconds. After that, press the router’s “WPS” button within 2 minutes after pressing the printer’s “Wi-Fi” button.