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U052 error The ink is fine. The error code comes up and the printer does nothing. I have taken out the printhead and reinstalled. I get the same error message. Thanks. TW

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UO52 error is either a print head temp sensor error or faulty EEPROM data from the print head. You need to re-set the print head. If that fails then a new print head is required.

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