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Printer head replacement

What do i have to do when i replace my printer head? do i have to recalibrate my printer?

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  • bemema Nov 09, 2008

    how do you take the printerhead off to replace it? I have a Kodak 5300

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Hello junebug88,

Yes you need to recalibrate the printer after replacing the printhead. If it's a 5100 printer just press the "Photo" and the "Copy" button at the same time. It will calibrate the printer and after that you need to put the calibrated paper into the scanner glass and press start to start the media calibration sensor.

I hope I have been some of help... Take care.

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    Mirian Tan Nov 12, 2008

    To install the printhead for 5500 as well as all kodak AIO Printers, make sure you've already removed the ink cartridges. Then remove the old printhead by pushing the small button on top of the printhead and disengage it. after that you need to put the printhead inside the carriage and then push the top of it with the sticker in it and then you should hear a snapping sound to confirm that it is properly placed. ^_^

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