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Unit waon't accept new cartridges. Error displays "Ink cartridges missing or not detected"
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Essentially, there is no easy Trick to clearing this issue. The most common error made by users it in replacing both cartridges at the same time. Each cartridge should be replaced individually. Once completed the printer will want to execute a print head alignment test. This print out will include instructions on selecting the numbered lines that line up most exactly. Then you would enter the corresponding number.
Bypassing or interrupting this alignment test after replacing cartridges will cause error messages such as yours. So, if you did this out of ignorance or confusion, remove each cartridge one at a time using the method descrbed below. When both have been removed and reinstalled and the alignment process completed you should be error free. Should you still receive this error, remove and clean each cartridge using the method described below, one cartridge at a time.
If after completing all the steps below, you still receive the error message, your printer has a larger problem that is internal hardware related. You can either replace the printer or have it serviced by HP. Most people opt to replace the printer as an error such as this at the internal hardware level usually indicates that the printer has reached the end of its usable life span. If this is happening prematurely, have it serviced under warranty. Printer warranties are usually one year from HP. If you purchased using a credit card you may have an extended warranty. Check with your card company right away for information on any extended warranty you have from using your Credit Card.
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Solution one: Remove and reinsert the ink cartridges
NOTE: Make sure that the carriage holding the ink cartridge moves to the right. If it does not move to the right, turn the product off. If it is a new product, make sure all the packaging material is removed. Close the ink cartridge door and then turn the product on again. The carriage should move to the right. Figure 1: Opening the ink cartridge door CAUTION: The product must be turned on before the ink cartridge door is opened. If the product is off when the ink cartridge door is opened for access to the ink cartridges, the product will not release the cartridges. The product can be damaged if the ink cartridges are not docked safely before removal.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008
The cartridge is not seated properly and/or the contacts are dirty. Use a cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and gently clean both the copper contacts on the cartridge and inside the cartridge socket. Allow several minutes to dry and then try again.
Posted on Nov 28, 2008
Posted on Nov 13, 2010
SOURCE: HP C4200 Print cartridge missing
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Posted on Sep 02, 2011
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These types of severe
cartridge errors (i.e. "refer to documentation" / "incompatible cartridges", "print
cartridge(s) problem", etc.) typically indicates the internal micro-electronics
of the HP #74 / 75 (or 74XL/75XL) cartridge(s) are damaged. The cartridge's electrical wire runs at
rear and lower side of the ink cartridge, are very delicate and are somewhat
susceptible to ink attack over time, which can lead to premature failures. In
addition, the older the cartridge the higher the chance of an internal
electrical failure. I suggest you first run a 'Tap 41' diagnostic test to
check cartridges electrical health (this is a forced test); you may also bypass
the error (temporarily) on most models which use HP 74/75 cartridges. Refer to
Inkjet411 youtube videos below:
HP 74, 75, 74XL, 75XL
Cartridges - Solving Errors & Warnings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5ISTGyScWU
C4200-C4500 and C5200-C5500a Printers -
Diagnostic Tap 41 Test: (verifies
electrical health of ink cartridges):
HP Photosmart 4200-4500 5200-5500 Printers -Cartridge Error Bypass (HP
J5700/J6400 Printers -Cartridge Error Bypass (HP 74-75 Cartridges):
Ink Refilling & Cartridge Care Tips - Everything you need to know: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXoDIblpdU
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