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HP Photosmart C6150 - No Power except via USB?

A bizarre thing happened today. I put in a new black ink cartridge into our HP Photosmart C6150. It worked fine for a little while, and then lost power with no warning. Note, we use this printer with a desktop and a laptop computer -- it connects via USB port.

I thought it might be the wall outlet, so changed outlets, and then tested to make sure the outlet actually worked (it did).

I unplugged the printer from the laptop, and switched to the desktop, and voila, it powered up.

The ONLY way it will turn on is if it is plugged into the desktop. This is not how it is supposed to work. I haven't tried resetting the printer yet or reinstalling printer drivers, but this just seems bizarre. Has anyone else every countered this problem?

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It assume to be some defect occurs in your Laptop USB connector.

Please take it to repair if it is under warranty immediately.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


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