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Hardware Error 0502

I have a Dell All in One Printer A950 which is giving me an error message: Hardware Error 0502 What does it mean

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  1. Switch off the printer using the power button.
  2. Disconnect the power cable from the back of the Lexmark X5150.
  3. Leave the power cable disconnected for 30 seconds.
  4. Reconnect the power cable and switch the printer on again.
  5. When the printer powers up, you will need to select the desired settings.
  6. If this does not resolve the problem
  7. You need to check the encoder strip on the printer. This is a clear strip running the length of the printer, above or behind the cartridge carrier.Its a transparent plastic strip ..Please be very careful with strip if its broken then printer will not work...
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  1. Switch off the printer using the power button.
  2. Disconnect the power cable from the back of theprinter
  3. Leave the power cable disconnected for 30 seconds.
  4. Slide the cartridge carrier to the middle of the printer by taking the top part of the belt and moving it gently to the right.
  5. Take out both cartridges.
  6. Place an index finger on the encoder strip on either side of the cartridge carrier.
  7. On the back of the cartridge carrier, there is a small slot that the encoder strip fits into. Slightly push the encoder strip down and then back up to get it into the slot.
  8. Lightly press the strip first to the rear and then forward, if necessary.
  9. Clean the encoder strip with a dry tissue. Also clean the contacts of the printer
  10. Try to make a copy..

Good luck....

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