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Black cartridge is not being recognized, amber light blinking

I went to the HP site and tried their solution. Cleaned contacts, turned off, unplugged, reinstalled cartridge, tried a new cartridge, over and over again. Could it be a faulty cartridge?

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  • angelajill Nov 10, 2008

    You were right on the money, unfortunately for me:( Thank you for solving the mystery.

    I guess I will try to find a repair center, the printer is 3 years old. I appreciate your help!

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There is a small spring that holds the ink cartridge in the ink holder. You will see it stick out from the right hand side of the ink holder where the ink cartridge slides in. If that spring isn't being held to the ink holder by two plastic tabs, (I.E. the plastic tabs are broken) the printer will never recognize the cartridge. If the printer is still under warranty I would contact HP or an authorized repair center for HP. Both the black and color ink holder has this spring. I know of no way to repair this kind of breakage.

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