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OK you need to go into your BIOS and enable the correct option in you LPT Printer port settings, LPT setting is set to EPP in the bios & save. This should sort that problem out.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 17, 2010

Hi there
It is seeing it open because it may be the sencer or switch on this cover is broken or stuck open have a look at where the sencer or may be a switch.
Some times if you handy with your hands you can do some thing about it like stick some thing in the switch hole to click it on or if it a sencer put some tape over it then it thinks it closed.

All the best Pineworks

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 17, 2010

I'm not sure if I understand what you're looking for. Driver software for this printer is at Lexmark's site here.

If this isn't what you need, please post a follow-up with more detail and I'll try to help. Thanks for using Fixya!

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 14, 2010

The lid sensor is a tiny microswitch that is on the main circuit board...there is a white nylon lever arm snapped onto the switch.

if the lever arm falls off (like mine did) the 'cover open' error will last forever.

This may (or may not) be possible do fix without some disassembly. This lever arm should stick up through a rectangular hole that's approximately 1/2" to the right of the print head (assuming print head is parked in the middle) and behind it.

Most likely if your lever arm has fallen off, shaking the printer gently upside down with the cover open will allow it to fall out.

Now if you are a dentist or a surgeon, snapping the lever bit back on is no problem without taking anything apart.

I am neither. For the brave (of foolish) ones who like to do surgery, here goes. Here's how I took mine apart....if yours breaks into a million bits, don't blame me.

0) unplug the power and take the scanner cover off.

1) release the 'kickstand' from the scanner by prying and squeezing it with pliers until the two prongs pop out (or crack and break)

2) detach the scanner hinges by prying/squeezing with pliers until they pop off (or crack and break). (CAUTION: read step 3 below first...don't just yank the scanner off without reading step 3)

3) Carefully unplug ribbon cable and other connector to scanner and set scanner aside.

4) remove screws at front of beige plastic part....pry at the back carefully and this will pop off....sending the screws flying if you left them loose in their little wells. Don't worry, there are only two of them that really do anything anyway.

5) Look towards the rear of the printer and you will see the circuit board and the 'hole' where you can see the sensor, and possibly your white nylon lever arm lying pathetically down in the bowels of the printer.

6) Retrieve and Carefully snap the nylon lever arm back on, and think nasty thoughts about the brainiac who designed that part.

reverse the above steps. Put at least most of the screws back in, or the front panel may fall off at a later date.

Take care to GENTLY plug the ribbon cable and the other scanner connector back in, making sure it's seated all the way. Try not to bend or kink the end of it, or it will be toast.
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Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 13, 2010

The cover has been probably opened too widely and the the lever on the cover open sensor is knocked off the switch assembly. If you teer off the cover, you will see a little plastic lid on the right (where electric cables and switches are) This switch has come out its switch. With some fiddling around you should be able to put it back in place.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 09, 2010

Routine maintenance and keeping full ink tanks will prevent this problem, however if you have the problem you can resolve it by doing the following:
1. Clean your print head using denatured alcohol solvent which can be purchased from most hardware stores. If unavailable, use 91% Alcohol (isopropyl alcohol (first aid antiseptic) which is available for less than a dollar at most Walmart pharmacy departments.

*Warning: You may want to use a pair of latex exam gloves as this is a messy process and can stain your fingers.
Time necessary 45-50 minutes
Supplies needed:
Isopropyl Alcohol or denatured alcohol
paper towels
latex gloves
sink, bowls and or basin
can of compressed air
very small screw driver
tablespoon or baby bulb type syringe
warm water

1. Lift print head from printer. It pulls out easily because it is held in with the same down lever that holds the cartridge in place.
2. Put two layers of paper towels in the bottom of a dish to protect sensitive sprayer heads.
3.Put enough solvent in dish to cover the screens on which the cartridges sit when in use.
4. Take the two small screws out that hold the white ceramic piece
5. Gently, pry the ceramic piece back and away , to reveal the underside (No need to pull away the glued points on the sides.)
6. Gently, move head up and down to slosh solvent around it the best as you can. Use a table spoon or syringe to pour solvent over all orifices in the print head, turning it upside down and then back a few times.
7. Use canned air with a plastic straw to blow into and through all orifices, alternately sloshing/swishing and pouring solvent over head (be careful not to touch any of the holes, screens, or sprayer heads with anything)
8. Empty dirty solvent from bowl and replace with paper towels and clean solvent. Soak for approx 10 minutes. Rinse again with clean solvent poured directly on all parts, letting solvent overrun and fall into dish or basin.
9. Gently shake the solvent off the head, take it outside and spray with compressed air into all orifices to clear out and help evaporate any remaining solvent. Let sit on a clean paper towel for approx 20 minutes. (There may be a little ink bleeding out of the head, but once it dries completely it does not present any problems.
10. Reinstall head, cartridges and it will print like a new printer.

SUGGESTION: For many years of problem free printing, keep a double set of ink cartridges, one set full at all times. Whenever a cartridge runs out of ink, replace it IMMEDIATELY, with a new one or a refilled one. This gives the print head no chance to dry out and create clogged heads. Routine maintenance of cleaning the heads every 24 months does wonders for keeping your printer in new condition.

Hope this helps. .

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 07, 2010


Please click on the below mentioned link to get yourself a free set of drivers, depending on the Operating system you use:


Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 07, 2010


You can download the required installation drivers from manufacturer's site by clicking this link

On the page which opens, select and download the drivers according to operating system (Windows XP/Vista,Windows 7) of your computer.

Hope this solves your problem. Thanks for using FixYa.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Feb 03, 2010


Printer Lexmark x3470 showing "Cover open" / "Cub abierta" while closed, problem!

This is a common fail in this model. there is a white plastic arm which works as an extender for the switch that senses if the cover is open or closed. This part is easily detached from its place (in my case not broken but it could happen I suppose) resulting in printer showing the message "Cover open" / "Cub abierta". the switch is situated under the scanner in the middle . when you lift the scanner part to see the ink cartridge, you see a plastic part underneath between the hinges that looks like a 2/3 of a circle that is the part that pushes the switch. 
You should open the printers gut and place the loose part back in place. Be ware that flat cables' contact ends could easily brake! use precaution!

(if you shake your printer you may hear the sound of the lose part).

Happy solving problems!

on Feb 01, 2010 | Lexmark X3470 All-In-One InkJet...

Maybe try to uninstall all Lexmark Software, restart your PC and then reinstall the printer again along with all the software. That should work.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 26, 2010

Try and replicate the shape of the piece that is broken off,
If it is a straight edge a piece of wide transparent tape could do.
Other shapes can be made with the use of epoxy type putty.
this material is available at you plumbers store.it is sold as 2 separate products thatis sift and malleable when separate.
but by combining the pieces, they will gradually get as hard as metal. it is quite inexpensive.
If you use a piece after you have molded then together. Shape the part that is missing on the printer case.

then firmly put it in place after 24 hours. if it hold. it should be as good as teh original piece, for a long time.
You can also use automobile radiator putty. it si made of the same materiels too and work as well.

How did you break that piece anyway??

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Unfortunately the number 23 will not work on the X3430 only the #24 and 24a.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Try the following link. It contains information on how to resolve this issue. Hope it helps.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Follow this instructions. They have something about a sensor that you need to look at.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Here are some steps that you can try to resolve your issue. It helped me resolved mine

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Here are some steps that you can try to resolve your issue. It helped me resolved mine

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

That problem is related sometimes to old printer drivers. Please uninstall your printer from your PC and restart the PC then go to the Lexmark.com site and dowload the drivers for your X3470 those should be the new drivers and once installed they should not cause that problem.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Try uninstalling your Lexmark software then restart your PC then install the printer again. That fixes the issued most of the times.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 25, 2010

Generally there is a micro switch or a sensor that detects the opeing and closing of the printer and there is a tab that actuates the sensor on the cover or the scanner base, look for the switch and the tab and see if it is broken or obstructed. if you find the switch try actuating it with a thin pencil or something.

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 24, 2010

What Happened?????

Did you uninstall and reinstall the driver?

Did you get the latest driver for your OS from www.lexmark.com?

Did you recently upgrade to Windows 7? Is your printer on the Microsoft Compatability List? (seatch it)

Is it plugged in?

Is the printer connected to the computer?

Did the cat reset the whole system during cat nap time?

(you could have told me some of these things at the start, BTW)

Good luck getting your printer going. If there is no sunshine, post your question again.

thanks for your interest in FixYa.com

Lexmark X3470... | Answered on Jan 22, 2010

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