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X1185 has new ink cartridge but won't print

I put in a new ink cartridge and cleaned the head but it still won't print.

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Hi Amm092304,
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I keep on getting Ink System Failure for HP 309a inkjet printer. I tried to clean the printer head still no lack.


Most likely, it is a print head issue. The print head is what the printer cartridge sit in inside the printer. To fix the problem, please do the following:

1) Open the printer and wait for the carriage to slide over.
2) Remove the ink cartridges from the print head.
3) Use cotton swabs dipped in hot water or a mix of hot water and isopropyl alcohol to clean the printer head and electronic contacts on ink cartridge.
4) Repeat the same procedure until no ink residue coming off on the cotton swab.
5. Once finished, allow to dry and put back the ink cartridges in.
6. Try printing.

If the above troubleshooting won't work then maybe one of the cartridges is defective or both. If none of the cartridges are defective, then you need to replace the print head.

I hope this helps.

carlo

Nov 16, 2012 | Printers & Copiers

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Color stopped printing, changed cartridges, still will not print color. Now my black ink cartridge is acting up by starting off not completely printing text. What do I do now, buy a new printer?


Ink is a lubricant for the print heads. Some color ink is used even if you only print in black or viceversa. If you printed with a color missing, you could destroy that print head from the friction of running without ink to lubricate it. That's why most printers won't allow you to print with a color missing even if you aren't using it.

If you allow a color to go empty, the residual ink in the head could clog and become permanently blocked. You would never be able to print that color again. So always replace ink cartridges as soon as they are empty.

Leaving your printer on takes very little power. Every so often the printer sends a signal to cycle the ink in the heads so it doesn't clog. If you turn your printer off, the next time you turn it on it will do a cleaning which wastes a lot of ink. The excess ink is soaked up by the waste pad beneath the printer. When the waste pad is full, the printer stops working. Unless you want to spend more than the cost of the printer or waste a lot of time on a messy cleanup you will end up throwing the printer out. So shutting it off actually shortens its life.

If you leave the printer off for extended periods of time, the ink in the heads will clog and you will have to throw the printer away. Someone I know with a Canon (though this can happen with any inkjet) had to have the heads replaced twice within the first few months before the Canon tech told her to stop turning it off. Since then it has worked perfectly for over a year.

How to clear blocked print heads:
-leave the printer on for a day
-run several head cleanings and print the nozzle check pattern
-if that doesn't fix it, remove the cartridge(s) from the blocked head and drop alcohol where the ink enters the printer.
-reinsert the cartridges
-run one head cleaning
-wait about an hour then run some head cleanings.
-dip the print heads in Isopropyl Alcohol overnight, which you can buy from chemist
-if that still doesn't work, your heads may be clogged to the point where they need repair or replacement, which will probably cost more than a new printer.

Dec 06, 2010 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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Put new ink cartridge into my Lexmark 2300 and now it won't print


Make sure you remove the print head protective tape. Also try doing a head cleaning and cartridge alignment page. If it still does not print check the cartridge well, you will see a assortment of copper pint that contact the circuit tracing on the print head, with the printer off get some achohol and a Q-tip and clean the pins there may be ink residue on them.

May 25, 2010 | Printers & Copiers

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How to refill my ink cartridges on my lexmark x1185 printer/scanner.


Here are links for refill instructions:
http://www.refillinstructions.com/Lexmark/L1.htm
http://www.refillinstructions.com/Lexmark/L2.htm

A few tips: make sure that you do not insert air in the syringe along with the ink, because you will get poor print quality (I am telling you that because I don't know if you have the refill clip that removes the excess air). Pour the ink slowly and if it starts leaking (either from the refill hole or the print head), just remove 1 or 2ml. of ink. Wipe the electric contacts gently with some tissue and put the cartridges back in the printer and print.

Here are 2 videos too, it will make it easier for you if you watch them.




Oct 03, 2009 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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Poor or no printing


When inkjet printers are not used much, the ink dries up in the cartridges and on the print head, causing poor printing, and, as the dried ink builds up, no printing at all. no matter how many times the cartridges are changed, the dried ink won't work out. Some people have had luck with this problem by using alcohal and a q-tip to clean the print head. If that doesn't work, you will need a new printer.

Feb 12, 2009 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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Ink well cleaners


There is a design reason why the print heads are changed when you change an ink cartridge is changed. The print head isn't made to be reused and the quality of your print will suffer at some point if you reuse the same print head 6 or 7 times. I would get new cartridges and be happy with the print quality that a new cartridges will bring.

Nov 10, 2008 | Brother MFC-5860CN InkJet Printer

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Lexmark X1185


If the ink cartridge is not empty it is probably clogged. The Print nozzles are very sensitive and cleaning attempts can make the situation even worse if carried out wrong. You can try cleaning with dry gas alcohol as it contains no water. Use a piece of leather sham or other non lint material like eyeglass lens cleaner wipes and the dry gas. Wet your cloth and gently hold it on the print nozzles allowing the alcohol to dissolve the dried ink in the nozzles. Do not rub hard or you will ruin the print head. Hold it in place for at least 2 minutes with a generous amount of alcohol in the cloth. Imm
ediately place the cartridge in the printer and perfom the clean nozzle function.
If this does not remedy your problem the print cartridge must be replaced. Hope this helps you out.

George

Jun 10, 2008 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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Pictures coming out yellow


The "Print Head" needs cleaning or replacement. It's the part that delivers the ink from the cartridge tank to the paper itself.Mostly caused by air entering the lines and making any residual ink cure.
Most newer printers only ever use 95% of the available ink before reporting tank is empty,and will not allow any printing to resume, preventing air being introduced to empty lines in the head.



Without Removing Anything

There's commercial products available, I guess a bit like using a head cleaning cassette in your VCR - I Have not tried any of these yet.

Use an empty ink cartridge Refilled with hot water and run the print head cleaning function.
( Dont worry , The paper will absorb the minute amount of water being dispersed.)

If that fails you should remove the print head cartridge most are pretty easy ,
LexMark X1150 X1185 and other similar models with the sensor strip running through the cartridge instructions are located at the following FixYA topic
http://www.fixya.com/support/t181337-piece_fallen_out_printer

Immerse it in warm-to hot water for a while or try using rubbing alcohol or similar Non-solvent based liquid.
Inspect the small rectangle shaped metal print head & surrounding copper track for dried ink , remove any with very gentle wiping taking care not to damage anything.


If it's beyond cleaning it will have to be replaced .Try ebay or the local print shop.



May 12, 2008 | Lexmark X1150 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Lexmark X1185 won't Print Color


On your printer, there is a clean print head adjustment,it is in your menus on the printer itself, It should also be on your print driver in properties. I would try running that up to 5 times before proceding to anything else.
Check and be sure the cartridge expiration date is not exceded. The liquid ink cartridges have an expiration dates. Even though the cartridge is new, Do not rule out a bad or for some reason dryed out cartridge or blocked port at the bottom. If it is indeed brand new and you have the receipt, I honetsly would suspect the cartridge itself.
Ok now, we tried the print head cleaning, and a second cartridge.
Next, I would remove the cartridge, turn the printer off and lightly, very lightly dampn a dusfree cloth with some alcohol, and where the cartridge is located, clean those contacts. reinsert the cartridge and see what happens.
Lastly, you can unplug the printer, remove the cartridges, and place a paper towel under the area where the cardtidge latches in, and dribble in a soapy cleaner, like fantastic, because those inks will dry out in the ports and not allow the ink to flow properly, If you do that, wipe all the excess cleaner up and leave the printer off for an hour or two to allow any remaining liquid to evaporate. Don't use a lot, but trickle it in until you see the ink start to wash out and all the ink is removed.
Take your time, and go from easiest to more difficult. I think that is the process I presented.

Feb 18, 2008 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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Lexmark printer model x1185


I have the same model, and i love it. I know this sounds dumb, but if this is your first refil, did you remove the plastic orange protection tape on cartridge. I know people who forget to do this. If this does not apply....I think your printheads may be clogged with built up ink. You need to manually clean the printhead for colour ink. Use proper cleaning solution and cotton buds, remove colour cartridge, and lay it sideways on paper towel to avoid ink spillage. Now clean down where cartridge sits, until no colour comes out anymore, clean where the cartridge gold part touches the back, but not with solution but with an unscented baby wipe! Now, let it air dry, pick up cartridge careful not to put you fingers on any gold part as oils in our fingers contaminate it. fold a baby wipe in a square, and place ink face on cartridge firmly on it for a few moments. Move it away and you should have 3 little joined boxes of each colour in a neat vertical line. Clear and bright colour, This says cartridge is fine. Replace it as usual. Remeber to reset your ink levels and run alignment if you like. Print a test page to see if it is normal now.

Aug 28, 2007 | Lexmark JetPrinter X1185 All-In-One InkJet

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