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Carriage error error 1203 short curcuit detected on printer head. i followed the instructions to correct but they didn't work. (removed and reinstall power line, remove and install print carriages)

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Re: carriage error

Solution to get rid of error 1203 on printer 926 is

Disconnect and Reconnect the Printer Power Supply

  1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
  2. Disconnect the power supply from the back of the printer.
  3. Wait 15 seconds.

    Reconnect the power supply to the back of the printer.
  4. Plug the power cord back into the wall socket.

Try a Known-Good Ink Cartridge in the Printer Replace each affected cartridge in the printer with a known-good cartridge and check to see if the problem is resolved.

This error comes up because the copper contact of the cartridge is not able to communicate with sensor of the printer.


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Thank u so much it fixed it in no time

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I had the same prob and it has stufed me up

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Meet a service technician closest to you,as the guy to replace your printer print head as i nblieve your printer print head is bad.if it works please rate this solution. eyo7

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Hi, i'm getting error message 1203 on the printer and we've lost the user's manual. Can you tell me what this is?

Error 1203 is a very interesting error code. Here is what I found out about error 1203

Error 1203 is a very interesting cartridge error. It means your cartridges overflow even from brand new cartridges after a several prints or right after you refilled the cartridges. Check to see if ink are smeared on the holder where the contact panel with the cartridge

I use the lint free cloth(coffee filter work great) with a few drops of water to dampen and clean off those contact on the holder and my printer work again.
Then before you print anything, you should run aligned the cartridges a couple times then run clean cartridges a couple times.
Print the test page to see how it's look and way you go.
Be sure not to leave any debris of lint free cloth(coffee filter work great on those holder contact panel.

Article on refilling Dell ink cartridges


Sep 10, 2011 | Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Epson 4000

The error relates to a carriage movement error detected by the printer. This means the printer has detected too much power is required ti move the print head. Reason : All these Service Requests (Service Requests 00010004 , 00010005, 00010006, 00010007, 0001000A, 0001000F, 0001001D) are related to a Carriage movement error that is not automatically due to a Hardware fault. The reasons can be : - The carriage is lock not completely released. - The carriage lock has been partially pushed in after a paper jam or maintenance (for example). Reminder : The carriage lock must be released after unpacking the printer (see setup instructions) as follow : Points to check : In case such an error appears: - Power off the printer. - Ensure the Carriage lock is released (pulled to the left side) - Pushing down the cutter blade, slide the carriage to the left ? At the same time, please check if there is any foreign materials / dust / paper jam in the carriage path. If so, remove them. - Also, make sure that the carriage encoder (T-Fence) isn?t dirty and is correctly set and centered. Let me know how you get on with this info.

Aug 17, 2007 | Epson Stylus Pro 4000-PS InkJet Printer

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What is error 1203?

Error code 1203 on this printer model is a Shorted print head circuit, this can be the cartridge (most common) or it can be the print head floating ribbon is shorted.

Jan 16, 2011 | Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Reading a cartridge error # 1203

Error 1203 is 'print head has a short'. You have a faulty color or black cartridge... kindly replace the catridge.just try this also,

Check to see if the installed cartridge is the correct one for the printer. If the cartridge is the proper part number, remove the ink cartridge and make sure all the packaging tape has been removed from the copper circuitry strip on the backside of the cartridge. Reinsert the cartridge and try printing again.

If the error continues, remove the cartridge again and clean the copper circuitry strip on the backside of the cartridge, and the contacts inside the printer, by following the instructions below:

1. Use a clean, dry, soft, lint-free cloth. Locate the copper-colored circuitry strip on the back of the cartridge.

2. Wipe the copper-colored strip with the dry cloth. Use an upward motion, from the nozzle end to the top of the cartridge. Do not wipe the nozzle end of the cartridge or touch the nozzle plate. Wipe the contacts only once.

3. To clean the printer contacts, carefully look for fibers or contamination on the electrical contacts inside the carriage assembly, but do not wipe the printer contacts with any object. The contacts in the printer can be damaged if too much pressure is applied during a wiping process. Try to remove any visible attached debris within the carriage assembly by gently pulling the debris off with your fingers. If the carriage contacts show noticeable damage, contact the Customer Care Center listed in the printer's User's Guide.

Reinsert the cartridge and try printing again. If the error continues, the cartridge may need to be replaced.

Hope this helps. Please rate my response.
Have a good day.

Sep 23, 2010 | Dell 924 All-in-One InkJet Printer

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What does error code 3820 mean for a kodak esp5 all-in-one printer

The error message "Carriage Home detection failed" (error code 3820) can be resolved by following these steps:
To resolve this error:
1.Open the printer access door.
2.Disconnect the power adapter from the printer.
3.Gently hold both sides of the carriage, located immediately behind the print-head, and make sure the carriage moves freely.
•If the carriage does not move freely, contact Kodak.
4.Remove the print-head and ink cartridges.
5.Reinstall the print-head and ink cartridges, making sure each clicks into place.
6.Connect the power adapter to the printer.
7.Turn the printer on, if necessary.
8.Close the printer access door.
If the error continues, contact Kodak.

Sep 07, 2010 | Kodak Printers & Copiers

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Getting error code 1203. what is that? cant find manual...HELP Lexmark X4270

Hi there maximum time we found it is a the head problem. The print head is what the cartridges sit in inside of the printer. For resolve the problem please follow these.

Open the printer and wait for the carriage to slide over. Some how if its not come then Unplug the printer & Manually slide the carriage.
Now Remove the ink cartridges from the print head & Use wet warm cotton swab or use alcohol to thoroughly clean the print head.
Repeat this until there is no ink residue coming off on the cotton swab. After finished it make the head dry then fix it back. Now Try to print something now
If that does not work then follow the next step.

Remove the printer data cable & restart the PC & printer. Then fit back the data cable & turn on the printer. Hope that's start working , if no luck then Uninstall the printer driver & restart the PC & Printer both again. Now install the driver of the printer and connect it with PC ,Turn on printer & go for a test print from the printer preference. Thanks & waiting for your reply.

Aug 22, 2010 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Error #1203

The error indicates either a communication failure between the cartridges and the printer or by a short in one of the cartridges. Here's an article on Troubleshooting a 1203 Error Message on the Lexmark X5400 Series. Just click on this link: Follow the instructions on the page. However, if the problem continues, I strongly suggest you contact Lexmark technical support for assistance. Thanks.

Aug 19, 2010 | Lexmark X5470 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Lexmark x4270- Can't find manual. Shows error 1203. How can I correct this. Thanks


Error 1203 occurs due to smearing of ink on the carriage bottom where the cartridge head touches the carriage bottom. Please turn off your printer and unplug it.
Clean the bottom of carriage with a damp cloth and clean any dried ink. Make sure that you use the printer after 5-10 mins or until the carriage area dries up completely.

If the 1203 message is still present on the operator panel, you need to insert one cartridge at a time to determine which cartridge is producing the failure.

Now try and check whether you are still getting an error. I hope that you are using orignal Lexmark ink. If not then please use genuine inks only.

Daniel Scott

Jun 10, 2010 | Lexmark X4270 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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After installing new color cartridge got error 1203-print head short. Followed manual's instructions to repair but problem still exists.

Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...

1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

Jul 08, 2009 | Dell 926 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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Error 1203


error 1203 means either or both cartridges have short circuited and needs replacement..

You will need to perform the following steps to find out which cartridge is defective:

1. With the printer turned ON, open the front cover and remove both cartridges from the printer.
2. Power the printer OFF and unplug the power cable for 30 seconds. Plug the power cable back in and turn ON the printer.
3. If the error message is now cleared from the printer, please perform the "Self-Test" by following the steps below:
1. Make sure the printer is in “Copy Mode.”
2. Press the “Menu” button once.
3. The screen will display “Copy Menu: Copies”.
4. Press the left arrow button once. The screen will display “Copy Menu: Tools”.
5. Press the check button once. The screen with read “Tools: Maintenance”.
6. Press the check button once. The screen with read “Maintenance: Ink Levels”.
7. Press the right arrow button until the screen reads “Maintenance: Print Test Page”.
8. Press the check button once. This will start the Self-Test. Once the page has printed, the printer will stop. The test is not continuous.

If the printer has detected a "Cartridge Missing" error, then please follow the steps given below:

1. Turn the power OFF.
2. Open the front cover.
3. Turn the power back ON. The print cartridge carrier should move to the install position located in the middle of the printer. If it does not, close and reopen the cover:
4. Reseat both cartridges in the printer and check for the error.
5. If the error still displays, then remove the color print cartridge.
6. Close the cover.
7. If there is no error indicated by flashing lights, the color cartridge has short-circuited.
8. However, if you continue to get an error, repeat steps 1-3, and then go to step 9.
9. Remove the black print cartridge and reinsert the color cartridge.
10. If there is no error indicated by flashing lights, the black cartridge has short-circuited.
11. If you continue to receive an error in both cartridge scenarios, both print cartridges have short-circuited.

Apr 23, 2009 | Lexmark X5470 All-In-One InkJet Printer

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