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HP Deskjet 1220C cartridge recognition problem

My HP 1220C keeps blinking the yellow light that says there is a cartridge problem, even with new cartridges. Sometimes if I send it a document while it's turned off, then turn it back on, it will print the document really, really slow, then blink the light again. Sometimes it just comes on blinking the light and prints nothing. I have replaced and re-cleaned the cartridges, taken them out and replaced them multiple times, same result. Just before this happened I tried refilling the color one and got it too full, so it drained ink inside the printer, but the area that holds the cartridges and all the contacts appear clean. Help is appreciated very much!

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    I have an HP Deskjet F4280 printer that had been running fine. The other day, I changed the color cartridge and when I closed the cartridge access door, all the indicator lights, including the one on the power switch began flashing. I could not turn the unit off with the power switch. I immediately unplugged the unit. I then replugged with same result. Just that this time, the unit smelled hot and smoke appeared when I opened the cartridge door. I then unplugged the unit again. This has never happened before. The unit is about 5 years old. Any thoughts?

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Try to clean the ink carriage

Posted on Apr 09, 2007

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This happens when the connections on the cartridge get old. Especially when you refill or buy non HP Cartridges, try buying brand new hp cartridges and you might be able to get a couple refill out of them before this happens again.

Posted on Feb 09, 2007

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