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My Dell 946 All in One displays 'Right Cartridge Incorrect'

This first happened when I removed the colour cartridge for cleaning. I inadvertantly left a small piece of masking tape over the print contacts. With this in place the printer displayed 'Right Cartridge Missing' Realizing my mistake. I removed the cartridge and the tape, wiped the contacts, (also the printer contacts) and replaced the cartridge. The printer then displayed. Right Cartridge Incorrect. I purchased a replacement cartridge from Dell, but this still displays 'Right Cartridge 'Incorrect'. Very frustrating. Can you please help ?.

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  • dnewson5 Dec 20, 2008

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  • dnewson5 Dec 20, 2008

    Sorry I missed out the 'ask'

  • pgraner2 Mar 16, 2009

    I purchased the printer in Aug 2007 and probably only used it a couple of times. When I tried to print, the pages came out blank so I thought perhaps I needed new cartridges. I took them out to see if I could purchase them at a store nearby. Well, I noticed on the back of the color cartridge there was a transparent blue tape. My friend thought this was a problem so I took off the tape. I am now getting a message that the right cartridge is incorrect. I already ordered a replacement black cartridge from Dell but, I really didn't know if I needed it or not as the pages that I tried to print initially just came back blank. What can I do to try to correct the problem with the right cartridge (which is the color cartridge) and what about the transparant blue tape on the back?????


  • BillTener May 16, 2009

    Message on printer said that old color cartridge (right side) was low on ink so I replaced it with a new one of the same part number. I took off the tape covering the ink supply and installed the new cartridge. Message said right cartridge is missing. I reinstalled the old one and it said ink was low but it continued to print. I took it out again and reinstalled the new cartridge and the message still said right cartridge is missing.



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Install old cartriage, if you still have it, let the machine tell you that it is empty, then go through the install process with one of the new ones.  

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