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HP DesignJet Z3200 44" Blank Screen, Blinking Power Button and 3 Beeps

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Designjet z3200 44" Rev A

The following is mostly copy/paste from another thread with the exact same issue. I've also tried the same steps to no avail. 


Printer: DesignJet Z3200

Turn this printer on and the screen illuminates, but is blank, and the display makes three audible beeps. The power button blinks green repeatedly till the end of time.

Things I have tried:

Reseat the formatter board
--Same Result

Reseat the Display Panel Ribbon
--Same Result

Remove the formatter board and start without it
--Same Result EXCEPT no auduble beeps (blank screen and blinking power button remain)

Disconnect Harddrive and install Formatter Board
--Original Results (beeps, blank screen, blinking power button)

I have seen other people comment about the blank screen and blinking power button, but no one saying anything about the 3 beeps. I assume it must be similiar to a bios error code. Just wondering if anyone had any knowledge or suggestions about this.  I read through the repair manual for this, but it didnt touch on the beeping error codes. 

I am leaning towards it perhaps being a dead harddrive or bad formatting board, however I dont have access to any others to test with, and I dont want to just blindly throw money at the problem.  If anyone has any suggestions, or other diagnostic type tests to look into I would be happy to listen.

I have also read som others refferencing "lights" on the board.  The board the formatting board plugs into appears to have 2 red LEDs (approximate location shown below) The LED i am calling B is on steady while the power is on, the LED i am calling A flashes on only momentarily while being first powered on, then remains off. Not sure what those are indicating.


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Here's a website that might help.  Rev A is not the same as Rev B so read carefully. is a great source for drives.  Make sure you communicate with them as to what you need and the problem you're having.  They're very helpful in getting the right part for you.  No affiliation, just satisfied customer.


Let us know what happens.  Those Z3200's are great photo printers.

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According to the troubleshooting documents, 3 beeps indicates a memory issue. I have seen some people report that a dead button cell on the formatter can cause issues so you may want to try replacing that if it is a pop out style and not soldered to the board.

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Just replace HDD 

With Virgin one

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