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Hardware error message 0502 shows up on the display. What does this mean?

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  • Robert Moore Jan 16, 2009

    Lexmark 5150 printer. Error code 0502. I have followed all the steps but when i turn the printer on the carriage slams to the left. Is it time to junk the printer?

  • Anonymous Jan 21, 2009

    how do u get read of the error from the printer

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Cause
The encoder strip may have gone out of range of the sensor, or it might be dirty.
Resolution
You need to check the encoder strip on the printer. This is a clear strip running the length of the printer, above or behind the cartridge carrier.
Check the encoder strip

  1. Switch off the printer using the power button.
  2. Disconnect the power cable from the back of the Lexmark X5100/X6100 Series.
  3. Leave the power cable disconnected for 30 seconds.
  4. Slide the cartridge carrier to the middle of the printer by taking the top part of the belt and moving it gently to the right.
  5. Take out both cartridges.
  6. Place an index finger on the encoder strip on either side of the cartridge carrier.

    Hardware error - pattlnk_2212007_916-encoder%20strip%201%20reduced.jpg
    The red arrow points to the encoder strip. Click here
  7. for an enlarged view.
  8. On the back of the cartridge carrier, there is a small slot that the encoder strip fits into. Slightly push the encoder strip down and then back up to get it into the slot.
  9. Lightly press the strip first to the rear and then forward, if necessary.
  10. Clean the encoder strip with a dry tissue. Also clean the contacts of the printer.


    Click here for an enlarged view. The contacts on the back of the cartridge carrier are the ones to clean. Use a dry tissue.
  11. Reconnect the power cable and switch the printer on again.
  12. Perform the hardware test first without cartridges and then with both cartridges. Click on the applicable document below. How to Perform the Hardware Test on the Lexmark X5150
    How to Perform the Hardware Test on the Lexmark X6150/X6170

  13. Make a standalone copy.
  14. If the copy is satisfactory, repeat the test once to confirm that the error is gone.

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Also take some oil or petroleum jelly on a paper towel and wipe the horizontal silver bar that the cartridges slide across. The ink sticks to it, causing more friction as the cartridge carriage slides across it. This works for me every time.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009

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this should help

Lexmark printers with "Hardware Error 0502? Published on February 11, 2006 in hardware. 252 Comments Tags: 0502, error, fix, hardware, lexmark, printer. Good tip for the Lexmark All-in-one inkjet printer owners (mine is the X6170):
98393867_e286ea59ca_t.jpgAfter some months of use, your printer might get the habit of stopping in the middle of a page and showing "Hardware Error 0502" on the LCD display. If you leave the printer alone for a while, it might start printing again. Then again, it might not. Pretty annoying.
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On the multi function machine seems to be a coating on the metal rod that the cartridges travel on. Just wipe this rod with a kleenex and the problem seems to go away. Somehow it presents a drag on the cartridges and causes an error.
Clem
(from fixyourownprinter.com)
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