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Cartridge status indicator error

When attempting to print a document a Windows dialog box comes up indicating the status of the ink cartridge (as intended.) However, the message will report one, or more, of the color cartridges need to be replaced. Brand new cartridges were installed and the issue is still occuring. The issue occurs even when printing plain text documents, but does not interfer with printing the document.

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Remove the cartridges and search for dust accumulation at cartridge carrier circuit, if u find wash it gently. Insert the cartridge & try. If it doesnt work then the cartridge carrier needs to be replaced

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Missing lines of print

You either have to change the ink cartridge or try to clean the ink cartridge nozzles as described in the user manual;
On page 54 it states the following:

To clean the ink cartridge nozzles:
1 Load plain paper. For more information, see "Loading Paper" on page 19.
2 In Windows XP, click Start-Control Panel-Printers and Other Hardware-Printers and
In Windows 2000, click Start-Settings-Printers.
3 Right-click the Dell Photo AIO Printer 924 icon.
4 Click Printing Preferences.
The Printing Preferences dialog box opens.
5 Click the Maintenance tab.
6 Click Clean Print Cartridges.
7 If the print quality has not improved, click Print Again.
8 Print your document again to verify the improved print quality.
9 If you are not satisfied with the print quality, wipe the ink cartridge nozzles, and then print
your document again.

hope this helps.

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Epson printer CX9300 error B73 cannot recognise ink cartridge

A clone cartridge is a type of third-party ink cartridge that uses an identical chip to the original ink cartridge. People buy cloned cartridges to save money, since original cartridges are more expensive. However, sometimes the Epson printer does not recognize the cloned ink cartridge. After you install the cartridge, you might receive a message that says "An ink cartridge cannot be recognized." In this case, you will have to disable the Epson printer monitor.

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      Install your cloned ink cartridge into the Epson printer.

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      Go to "Start > Control Panel" on your computer.

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      Double-click on "Printer."

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      Right-click on the icon of your Epson printer and choose "Printer Preferences" at the bottom of the dialog box.

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      Click on the tab entitled "Speed and Progress" and see the Epson printer monitor box.

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      Check off the box that says "Disable Epson Status Monitor" to turn off the ink monitor.

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      Click "Save" and close the windows. Your cloned ink cartridges should now work.

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How do i find out my ink level on my laptop?

Do you have the HP Printer Toolbox installed?

Follow these steps to check the estimated ink levels from the HP Printer Toolbox. NOTE: If a refilled or remanufactured print cartridge has been installed, or a cartridge that has been used in another printer, the ink level indicator will be inaccurate or unavailable.
  1. Open the Printer Toolbox .
    1. Open HP Solution Center .
    2. Click Settings .
    3. Click Printer Toolbox .
    NOTE: The Printer Toolbox can also be opened from the Print Properties dialog box. In the Print Properties dialog box, click the Services tab and then click Service this device .
  2. Click the Estimated Ink Levels tab.

For illustrated directions go to:

You can download updated drivers and utilities here:

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I have a brand new HP PSC 1410 and after having to buy a black ink cartridge my printer still doesn't print in colour. The printer came with a preinstalled colour cartridge.

The product software print setting is probably designated as grayscale. Follow these steps to check this setting:
  1. In the software application you are trying to print from, click File , and then click Print . The Print dialog box opens.
  2. Make sure your printer is selected, then click Preferences . The printer Preferences dialog box opens.
  3. Select the Color tab, then make sure that the Print in grayscale option is not selected.
Step 2: Check ink levels
NOTE: If you have installed a refilled or remanufactured print cartridge, or a cartridge that has been used in another printer, the ink level indicator will be inaccurate or unavailable.
  • Open the Printer Toolbox . There are two ways to open it:
    • Open HP Solution Center , select the Settings menu, then the Print Settings submenu, and finally the Printer Toolbox .
    • If the HP Solution Center method does not work, open Printers and Faxes in the Windows Control Panel , then right-click your printer icon and click Properties . Click Printing Preferences . Click the Services tab, then the Service This Device icon.
  • The Printer Toolbox opens. Click the Estimated Ink Level tab. A cartridge might be running out of ink even if the graphic shows ink remaining (see the note at the start of this section). Lines or streaks always appear in printouts when the cartridges begin to run out of ink. Replace print cartridges that are out of ink or low on ink.

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    To check the ink levels from the HP Photosmart Software
    1. In the HP Solution Center, click Settings, point to Print Settings, and then click Printer Toolbox.
    NOTE: You can also open the Printer Toolbox from the Print Properties dialog box. In the Print Properties dialog box, click the Features tab, and then click the Printer Services button.
    The Printer Toolbox appears.
    2. Click the Estimated Ink Level tab.
    The estimated ink levels for the print cartridges appear.


    Print a self-test report
    1. Load A4 unused plain white paper into the input tray.
    2. Press and hold the Cancel button and then press the Start Copy Color button.
    The product prints a self-test report, which might indicate the source of the printing problem.
    3. Make sure the test patterns show a complete grid and the thick color lines are complete.
    • If more than a few lines in a pattern are broken, this might indicate a problem with the nozzles. You might need to clean the print cartridges.
    • If the black line is missing, faded, streaked, or shows lines, this might indicate a problem with the black or photo print cartridge in the right slot.
    • If any of the color lines are missing, faded, streaked, or show lines, this might indicate a problem with the tri-color print cartridge in the left slot.

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    Printer attempts to print but no ink is on the paper Printer attempts to print but no ink is on the paper If the print quality is poor or no ink is appearing on the page, it may be because of the following problems:
    • The ink in the BJ tanks has run out.
    • The print head nozzles may be clogged
    • The protective cap or tape may have been reattached to the BJ cartridge
    • The BJ cartridge may need to be replaced
    • You may be using the wrong side of the media.
    To check the level of ink in the BJ tanks
    Open the printer's front cover and visually check the level of the ink in all the BJ tanks. If a BJ tank is low or has run out of ink, replace it. Failure to do so may shorten the life of your BJ Cartridge
    To check the status of the print head by printing a Nozzle Check Pattern
    1. The Nozzle Check Pattern confirms whether the inks are being correctly ejected from the print head nozzles and whether the print head is correctly aligned.

    2. On your printer, press and hold the Resume button until you hear 2 beeps.

    3. When you release the button, the Nozzle Check Pattern will be printed. You can also print the Nozzle Check Pattern by clicking on the Test Print button in the Maintenance tab of the printer properties dialog box.

    4. After the Nozzle Check Pattern is printed, check the results. Look at the Nozzle Check Pattern for each BJ Ink tank. If any colors are missing or if any horizontal lines are broken or missing, perform the print head cleaning procedure.
    To perform the print head cleaning procedure
    1. On your printer, press and hold the Resume button until you hear 1 beep.

    2. When you release the button, all print heads for all colors will be cleaned.

    3. You can also clean the print heads by clicking the left Print Head Cleaning button in the Maintenance tab of the printer properties dialog box.

    4. When the print head cleaning begins, the POWER light starts flashing. This will continue for about 30 seconds. Wait for the light to stop flashing before you resume normal operation.

    5. Perform the Nozzle Check Pattern test again.

    6. If the results are satisfactory, resume normal printing. If the results are not satisfactory, you may need to execute a print head deep cleaning.
    To execute a print head deep cleaning
    1. Make sure paper is loaded in the sheet feeder and the printer is turned on.

    2. Display the printer properties dialog box and click the Maintenance tab.

    3. Click the right print head Cleaning button.

    4. When the print head cleaning begins, the POWER light starts flashing. Wait for the light to stop flashing before you resume normal operation.

    5. Perform the Nozzle Check Pattern test again.

    6. If the Nozzle Check Pattern is still unsatisfactory, you may need to execute a print head alignment.
    To execute a print head alignment
    In Windows, display the Maintenance tab of the printer properties dialog box.
    1. Click the right Test Print button.

    2. Follow the instructions on the screens to perform an automatic print head alignment.

    3. A confirmation screen will ask you if you want to perform automatic print head alignment. Read the screen and click OK. Another screen warns you not to start any other operation until the alignment is complete. Again, click OK.

    4. The BJ Printer Status Monitor displays the Printer Status. The driver will align the print heads then will print an alignment pattern.

    5. Perform the Nozzle Check Pattern test again.

    6. If the Nozzle Check Pattern is still unsatisfactory, you may need to replace the BJ cartridge.
    To replace a BJ Tank in a BJ Cartridge
    Leave the BJ cartridge in the printer when replacing a BJ tank. Make sure the printer's power is on. Make sure you insert the BJ tank in the correct slot.
    1. Open the front cover.

    2. The power light blinks while the cartridge holder is positioned to the center of the printer.

    3. Remove the empty BJ tank by pressing in on the release tab and then lifting the BJ tank up and out of its slot.

    4. Dispose of the tank properly, taking care to avoid spilling ink on your hands, floor, furniture, or clothing.

    5. Remove the new BJ tank from its package and pull the orange tape up and against the perforations to open the package film. Be careful not to remove the label from the tank. You will need it to match the tank to the correct slot in the BJ cartridge.

    6. Twist the orange protective cap to remove it. Do not attempt to reattach the protective cap; instead, discard it along with the protective tape.

    7. Insert the BJ tank by holding it at a slight angle, aligning it with the correct slot. Press down gently on the top of the tank until it locks into place.

    8. Lock the ink tank in place by pressing down on the circle mark on the top of the tank.
      Close the printer cover.

    9. The printer will automatically start cleaning the print heads. When the print heads are clean, the POWER light will stay on, indicating that the printer is ready for operation.

    10. Perform another test print to make sure the new ink tanks are performing correctly.
    To remove the protective cap and tape from the BJ cartridge
    1. Open the printer's front cover.

    2. Unlock the BJ cartridge by raising the cartridge lock lever. Make sure you raise it all the way up.

    3. Remove the BJ cartridge by holding it by the circles on the left and right sides.

    4. Make sure that the orange protective cap has been removed.

    5. Make sure that the protective tape has also been removed.

    6. Replace the BJ cartridge and move the blue cartridge lock lever until it locks in place.
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    Make sure that you are printing to the correct side of the media that you are using, and that the Media Type setting in the printer driver properties correctly reflects the type of paper you are using.
    Be sure to read any instructions that come with your Canon specialty paper. These instructions provide important information regarding how to achieve the highest print quality with these papers.

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