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Re: ink shortage button flashing and fails to print out.
Make sure you have taken the protective tape off the cart printhead. make sure levers are down correctly and nothing is jamming the side travel of the head. It is possible you have defective cartridges.
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review this to determine your problem.. If all else fails simply unplug your printer wait a minute and plug back in. Handling Error Messages
When a printer error occurs, the POWER/ERROR lamp flashes. The number of flashes indicates the type of error that has occurred.
Count the flashes and take the appropriate action to correct the error. Number of Flashes Possible Cause Try This Two flashes Printer is out of paper/Paper does not feed Reload paper in the Sheet Feeder or Cassette and press the RESUME/CANCEL button. Three flashes Paper jam/Paper Output Tray is closed Clear the jammed paper, reload paper in the printer, then press the RESUME/ CANCEL button. If the Paper Output Tray is closed, open it. See “Paper Jams” on page 72. Four flashes Empty ink tank Press the RESUME/CANCEL button to resume printing with an empty ink tank. Replace it with a new ink tank immediately after the printing. It may damage the printer if you continue printing with an empty ink tank. See “Replacing an Ink Tank” on page 42. Five flashes Print Head not installed/Print Head not installed correctly/Defective Print Head Install the Print Head. If the Print Head is already installed, remove the Print Head and check the electrical contacts for foreign matter, then reinstall. After reinstalling the Print Head, you may need to realign it. If this error still remains, the Print Head may be damaged. Contact the Customer Care Center. Six flashes Inner Cover is open Close the Inner Cover and press the RESUME/CANCEL button. Eight flashes Waste ink absorber almost full The printer has a built-in waste ink absorber for the ink used during Print Head Cleaning. Eight flashes indicates that the waste ink absorber is nearly full. Press the RESUME/CANCEL button to cancel the error so you can continue printing. Before the waste ink absorber becomes completely full, contact the Customer Care Center. Nine flashes A specified period of time has elapsed without receiving a response from the digital camera/The digital camera or digital video camcorder connected is not compatible with this printer
Disconnect the camera cable, press the RESUME/CANCEL button and reconnect the cable.
If the error is still unresolved, there is a possibility that you are using a digital camera or digital video camcorder that is not supported by this printer. Use a digital cameras or digital video camcorder compatible with this printer
You might be able to use a q-tip with alcohol or acetone to loosen and clean residual ink from the inside and bottom of the black printer cartridge tray--I've even had to use compressed air after loosening the junk after my HP sat for a year. Btw, I'm sure you know this, but the contact pads need to be clean and free of factory tape. I hope this helps.
I think I may have another solution. I remember some time ago going to HP to get an update for my 950c printer. I think I read something that said, "If you do not really need to download this update, don't do it." I downloaded it anyway. I think then I begin to get notices saying when my ink was getting low, usually long before it actually did. I am thinking also, the same software that gave me those readings, also may have read the color cartridge (and possibly also black) may have caused the printer to turn on the blinking resume (orange light). I then deleted the updated software and reinstalled the original software that came with my computer or old application for the printer. I restarted my computer and tried it again. The blinking light did come on at first; then I realized I had not set the printing format to black only. I also disconnected my printer both and module and power for about five minutes. Still not sure since I just did this, but the orange light is not coming on and the printer prints. LOL, I am low on black ink though.
hi, is it hp ink cartridges? did you refill cartridge or replace?
press cancel button, then on/resume. if no change. make sure all tape, paper is removed from ink cartidge connectors and there is no dirt, smudges or adhesive or anything else that may interfere with the connection. reinstall cartridges. if still no change, power off, then disconnect power. wait about 5 mins. reconnect and power on. this should reset the printer.
Reload the paper correctly and press the RESUME/CANCEL button.
Three flashes: Paper jam
If paper has jammed in the printer, clear the jam, reload the paper in the printer correctly and press the RESUME/CANCEL button.
See Paper Jams
Four flashes: Empty ink tank
If you press the RESUME/CANCEL button, it will continue printing with an empty ink tank. After printing is finished, replace the ink tank immediately. If you continue printing with an empty ink tank, it may cause damage to your printer.
Refer to your Quick Start Guide for instructions on how to replace an ink tank.
Five flashes: No print head installed/Defective print head
Install the print head. Also, ensure that the protective tape has been removed.
If reinstalling the print head does not solve the problem, replace it with a new one. Contact the Customer Care Center.
Eight flashes: Waste ink tank almost full
The printer has a built-in waste ink tank for the ink used during print head cleaning. Eight flashes indicates that the waste ink tank is nearly full. Press the RESUME/CANCEL button to cancel the error so you can continue printing. Before the waste ink tank becomes completely full, contact the Customer Care Center.
I use a clear silicone tube to carefully prime the carts by sucking a
dab of ink out of the tiny print holes before installation. I am
careful to have a tight seal at the holes to prevent getting too much
ink and possibly getting it in my mouth.
My HP Deskjet 6940 is not printing. The color (left) low ink light is dark and the black (right) low ink light is flashing. I replaced the black ink cartridge with a new one but the low ink light continues to flash. No tears/rips in the circuit strip and all the copper leads appear to be connected
Most likely your encoder has become fogged due to aerosol in the printer. You can carefully clean this following the instructions here. Be sure to heed the warnings, the encoder is fragile and can be easily damaged.
Once you have cleaned the encoder force an alignment calibration, either from the toolbox of alternately turn on the printer, then press and hold the power button, then quickly press the formfeed buttion three times, then release the power button. If the alignment fails you may need to lean the bottom of the alignment sensor, it is located in a small black package just on the lower right side of the carriage. Open the lid, allow the carriage to move to the center then clean the sensor from below with a damp q-tip.
Regards, Bob Headrick, Microsoft MVP Printing/Imaging
1st thing would be to remove the cartridge & check for any damage to the copper contacts as these are what tell the printer that a new cart has been installed. Next make sure you removed the tape covering the nozzles (I've done this before & boy do you feel silly).
If this all looks OK then pull the power out while the cart is still not fitted (this will fully reset the printer).
Once it comes back up, try fitting the cart again also checking that the contacts in the cartridge holder are not damaged/dirty.