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Inkjet printer displays 'Printer head not properly installed'.

Have you replaced the inkjet cartridge lately?

If so it may not be inserted fully or may be misaligned.

If you haven't replaced it, the cartridge could still be out of the carriage or misaligned from a bad paper feed. Sometimes the paper does not feed properly and the print head will catch the edge of the paper and knock it out of alignment.

Open the top while the power is on. The cartridges should move to the removal section.

Remove the cartridges and reinsert them making sure that they are fully seated. They should click into place when aligned properly. If there is a cartridge cover make sure that it is clicked in the close position.

Close the top and try printing.

If this was the problem your unit should now be OK.

If the unit still has problems I would suggest installing new cartridges. The old cartridges could be damaged or not sensing things properly.

One final solution would be to try reinstalling the driver. It should be on the CD which came with the printer. If you cannot find it or do not have it you can go to the website of the manufacturer to get it. I have a tip at http://www.fixya.com/support/r6370947-install_printer_without_install_cd which explains exactly how to do this.

If none of the solutions solves your problem you have a bad control board in the printer. This is generally caused by a power surge hitting the unit. This would not be worth fixing. New units do not cost that much.

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My printer does not printing at all. The comments showing ' the printer head is not appropriate installed


jkarmaker,

Have you replaced the inkjet cartridge lately? If so it may not be inserted fully or may be misaligned. If you haven't replaced it the cartridge could still be out of the carriage or misaligned from a bad paper feed. Open the top while the power is on. The cartridges should move to the removal section. Remove the cartridges and reinsert them making sure that they are fully seated. They should click into place when aligned properly. Close the top and try printing. If this was the problem your unit should now be OK. If the unit still has problems I would suggest installing new cartridges. If this does not solve your problem you have a bad control board in the printer. This would not be worth fixing. New units do not cost that much.

Thanks for using FixYa and for the great rating. Please consider a testimonial. Thank you.

hardrocko

Jan 25, 2011 | Canon PIXMA iP2000 InkJet Printer

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I am replacing the #97 color ink cartridge and my printer left ink icon blinks and doesn't appear to recognize the new cartridge


Is the cartridge "new" or "refilled" ?

Remove the ink-cartridge.
Turn the printer off.
Disconnect the AC power cord.
Reconnect the AC power cord.
Turn the printer on.
Re-insert the ink-cartridge, and be sure that it is "seated" fully and correctly.

Dec 15, 2010 | HP Deskjet 6940 InkJet Printer

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replaced ink cartridges but still get note to change cartridgees.


Pull the ink cartridge hook toward you and remove the ink cartridge for the colour shown on the LCD. Reinstall the ink cartridge and press down on the ink cartridge until the hook snaps over it securely. Push the hook towards the cartridge to verify it is securely latched over the top edge of the cartridge.

Keep the ink cartridge in an upright position when you insert it into the slot. Press down FIRMLY on the top of the cartridge until it is fully seated. Push the white plastic hook towards the cartridge to verify it is fully latched over the cartridge's top edge.

Jun 29, 2010 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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Panel shows cartridge error 1203....consult manual


Occurs when a cartridge is bad or misaligned. Try removing and reinserting cartridges, first. If still a problem, then replace cartridges. Hope this helps.

Jul 18, 2009 | Lexmark X7170 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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