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How do I reset my HP LaserJet cp1525nw color?

Resetting your HP LaserJet cp1525nw color printer can help resolve a variety of issues and restore the device to factory default settings. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to reset this printer model.

When Should You Reset Your HP cp1525nw?

There are a few instances when resetting your HP LaserJet cp1525nw may be necessary or helpful:

  • You are experiencing technical issues with the printer and troubleshooting steps have not resolved them
  • You have replaced key printer components like the fuser or transfer belt and need to reset the printer
  • You want to clear all device settings and restore the factory defaults
  • You are selling the printer or giving it to someone else and want to wipe all personal information and custom settings

Resetting the device essentially returns it to ‘out-of-the-box’ conditions, which can often fix problems caused by corrupted settings or driver conflicts.

Step 1 – Turn Off the Printer

Start by turning off the HP LaserJet cp1525nw color printer. You can either press the Power button on the device, or unplug the power cord from the rear of the machine.

Allow the printer to remain powered off for at least 20 seconds before continuing.

Step 2 – Locate Reset Points

There are a few key components that need to be reset on this printer model:

  • Engine Controller Board – This is the main control board inside the printer that manages all key functions.
  • Transfer Roller – Helps transfer toner from the cartridges onto the paper.
  • Fuser – Fuses the toner onto the paper using heat and pressure.

To access these components, open the top cover of the printer. The engine control board will be on the right side. The transfer roller and fuser are located towards the back of the interior compartment.

Step 3 – Reset the Engine Controller Board

To reset the engine controller board:

  1. Locate the small green button on the right side of the board.
  2. Use the tip of a pen or paperclip to gently press and release the green button.

Pressing this button will reset the engine controller board to factory defaults.

Step 4 – Reset the Transfer Roller and Fuser

Resetting the transfer roller and fuser is done in the same way:

  1. Locate the black levers attached to the transfer roller and fuser units.
  2. Gently move the levers from the left to the right twice. Moving the levers resets the components.

Be sure to reset both the transfer roller and fuser using this process.

Step 5 – Power On the Printer

With all components reset, you can now power the printer back on. Plug the power cord back in and press the Power button to turn on the device.

Allow the printer to complete its startup sequence. The reset may initiate a calibrating and cleaning process which is normal.

Step 6 – Print a Test Page

Print a test page to verify normal functionality after the reset:

  1. Load plain letter or A4 paper into the input tray.
  2. Access the printer settings menu from your computer or the printer control panel.
  3. Select to print a test page or configuration report.

The test print will confirm if the reset was successful. All settings should be defaulted and print quality back to normal.

Step 7 – Reinstall Software and Set Preferences

Since resetting removes any customized software and settings, you will need to reinstall the printer software and drivers. Download the latest software from HP’s website and set up the printer on your computer again.

You can now configure any preferences like paper size, print resolution, wireless setup, etc. according to your needs.

Troubleshooting Tips

Here are some troubleshooting tips in case you have any issues resetting your HP cp1525nw:

  • Double check that all components – engine board, transfer roller, fuser – were properly reset.
  • Try disconnecting and reconnecting cable connections to ensure they are seated firmly.
  • The printer may require calibration if print quality is still poor. Run the calibration utility in the printer settings menu.
  • If network connectivity is broken, run through wireless setup again to reconnect the printer.
  • Update the printer firmware if available. Newer firmware can resolve reset-related bugs.

Resetting the printer will resolve most issues, but contact HP support if problems persist after resetting.

When to Reset Specific Components

While a full factory reset is recommended in most cases, sometimes only resetting certain components may be needed:

Component Reset when…
Engine Controller Board Experiencing functionality issues, control panel freezing, or menu glitches
Transfer Roller Printouts have faded or streaked areas
Fuser Toner is not fusing properly onto paper

Resetting only one component can often resolve the specific problem without needing to default all settings.


Resetting an HP LaserJet cp1525nw color printer is a straightforward process involving power cycling the device, locating the internal components, and pressing their reset buttons or levers. This returns the printer to original factory conditions which can rectify a variety of issues. Be sure to reinstall software, drivers, and configure wireless settings again after resetting. With the proper steps, you can have your HP cp1525nw working like new again.