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If the cartridges are leaking, put the print head on some tissue, so it can extract the excess ink. With a dry cloth, clean your scanner. Look inside the printer. If there is ink in there too, clean it. Use a lot of tissue or toilet paper. Might put some gloves on too.
When you make sure that the cartridges are not leaking anymore, gently wipe the electric contacts on them, and clean the ones on the cartridge carrier.
Turn the printer on.
If the cartridge light keeps flashing:
If a computer message indicates a specific cartridge, that is the problem cartridge.
If there is no computer message, look at the Start Copy
lights - if the Black Start Copy
light is blinking, the cartridge on the right is the problem cartridge.
If the Color Start Copy
light is blinking, the cartridge on the left is the problem cartridge.
If you find out which cartridge is the problem, you will need to replace it. Unfortunately, the ink that has leaked inside, might have damaged your printer.
Lift up a lid and clean the tiny scanner glass. One black dot will cause that effect to happen when using the document feeder. If the glass is clean, open the door on the right side and look at the green drum for lines. If you see any lines on the drum, then it's time for it to be replaced.
Here is what I did and it worked: I took an old cartridge, cleaned it out and filled it with computer cleaning solution (denatured alcohol?) that I bought at a big box store... when I did the clean cycle 8 times, the black finally came out... messy at first, with obvious particles. After 4 copies in black, the printer was fine. This is a pretty common problem, and the guy at the shop that is their first thing to do on pretty much every printer they see like this.... they buy cartridges loaded with solution for just this problem.... the rest of us suffer.
There are some fuses inside the set.
If you are technically minded, look for one glass fuse and several fuses that look like resistors, but are a green color.
Otherwise, I would say you could be looking at a few to several hundred dollars of repair cost by a technician.
If you need to have someone look at it, I suggest looking at this website to see if there is a local repair person in your area.
Sounds like the machine needs to be cleaned. Probably a heavy use machine that has quite a bit of ink spray build up on the inside. I would imagine your service station has quite a bit of ink build up in it as well possibly causing the cartridges not to be cleaned like they should. A good cleaning cures most of what ails inkjet printers. We would charge $85 in our shop for complete disassembly down to the metal frame and cleaning.