Try changing the task setting of the printer. When in copy mode I also had the problem of the cartridge carriage hiding out left, but switching to maintenance mode before lifting the scanner solved the problem for me.
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Make sure the printer is on. Lift the scanner unit to access the cartridge area. The print cartridge carrier moves to the center and stops at the loading position. Grasp the tabs on the cartridge lids, and then lift the lids. Remove the used cartridges and install the new ones. Snap the lids closed and lower the scanner unit to close.
Sometimes the ink cartridge carrier won't position automatically to the center even when the printer is on and the cover is open. Just unplug the printer from the power source. With the cover open, hold the solid white strip and gently slide the carrier to the middle of the printer. Load the cartridges. Close the cover. Plug the printer back to power source.
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Make sure the printer is on. Lift the scanner unit to access the cartridge area. The cartridge carrier will automatically move to the center at the loading position. Squeeze the tabs on the cartridge lids, and then lift the lids. Remove the used cartridges. (refer to sample image below. printer shown may not look like your printer, however, the steps are the same.)
Insert new cartridges. Color cartridge should be in the left carrier and the black in the right carrier. Snap the lid closed. Lift the scanner unit and push the scanner support back while
lowering the scanner unit until it is completely closed.
Sometimes the ink cartridge carrier won't position automatically to the middle even when the printer is on and the cover is open. Just unplug the printer from the power source. With the cover open, hold the solid white strip and gently slide the carrier to the middle of the printer. Load the cartridges. Close the cover. Plug the printer back to power source.
Perhaps this User Guide(for Lexmark X2450, X2470 and X2480) link to the Lexmark website will help. Just clink on this link: http://www.lexmark.com/publications/pdfs/2007/2400/ug_en.pdf. Scroll to Maintaining the Printer, Page 42, for changing/installing cartridges. In some cases, even when the printer is on and you lifted the scanner unit cover, somehow the cartridge carrier won't go to the center for loading position. Just unplug the printer from the power source. With the scanner unit open, hold the solid white strip in the middle inside the printer. Other end of it is connected to the cartridge carrier. Slowly drag the carrier to the center for loading position. Change the cartridges. Close the cover. Plug printer back to power source. Hope this helps. If you need more assistance, leave a comment and I'll get back to it. Thanks.
Plug in your printer, turn it on, then lift cover from front, not just scanner cover, reach lower. Carriage will move back and forth a few times before settling in middle of printer. Pull forward on both levers to release covers over print cartridges. Lift up on cartridge on end closest to you and then pull toward you and up to remove cartridges.Remove tape from new cartridges and install as per instructions on box new cartridges came in or just reverse removal instructions.
If the printer is off, turn it on. If the printer is busy, pause or stop the
job. Open the printer by lifting the scanner bed.
The print cartridge carrier automatically moves to the center of the
cartridge bay. Note that the Photo All-in-One Printer 962 can hold the scanner
bed in the upright position without a prop. Press down on the tabs to open the cartridge carriers.Remove the old ink cartridges.
You lift the Top cover, and wait for the ink carriage to take place in the middle of the rail. Lift the plastic lid holding the old cartridge in place. Then snap the old ink cartridges pulling toward yourself and then up. Put new cartridges in reverse order.
With printer on and connected to computer do the following:
Open top cover. Fix top cover on open position, using the plastic sustain part located on the right side inside the printer. Wait for ink carriage for taking position in the middle of the printer rail. Open cartridge top cover. Pull cartridge toward yourself and snap it out. Do the same in reverse order to fit new cartridge.
Remember to remove cello tape strip from new cartridge nozzle.
Lift the printer unit from under the scanner, there should be a support to hold it up while changing the cartridge. The cartridges will align them selves automatically once you open the top, so you can access them easily. The manual for you printer can be found here: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/924/en/index.htm
There should be a diagram under the cover that shows how to change cartridges. Usually you just lift cover and wait for print head and cartridges to reset to middle position. Grab cartridge and pull up and towards back of printer until it is free. Make sure you remove tape from new cartridge and insert and push until seated ( usually go back in at an angle first ) dont force it but dont be too gentle either, they do need a little force sometimes.