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HP Designjet 488CA cartridge error

Please help. In the error group the Cartridges light keeps blinking and I can not print.I have removed all the cartridges and cleaned the contacts and print heads with alcohol.I have restarted the printer multiple times. nothing seems to work.Is there a way to reset the printer to its default status,I bought this machine used and I have no manual.I would appreciate any suggestions.

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SOURCE: will not print at all

You can try restoring the printer to factory settings..and try agian it has worked most of the times for me..Let the catridge be in the printer when you do this..

Posted on Oct 27, 2007

SOURCE: remove and check color cartridge error

i was woundering are these new cartages or refiled ?
cause our wont work with refilled caratages

so this is how i found that out !

Issue After you install a print cartridge, the scan, copy, and fax lights begin to flash at the same time. The printer will not print. One of the following error messages may display on the control panel:

  • Color or Right Print Cartridge is not compatible
  • Incorrect Print Cartridge(s)
  • Print Cartridge Problem
  • Incorrectly Installed Cartridge(s)
  • Black or Color Cartridge(s) Failed
Solution Follow the steps below until the above issue is resolved. All of the following steps may not be necessary to resolve the issue. When the lights stop flashing, the issue is resolved. NOTE: Either one or both of the cartridges could be causing the problem. Step one: Remove, inspect, and reseat the problem cartridge The print cartridge may not have full electrical contact with the printer. Removing and reinstalling the cartridge may help. NOTE: HP cannot guarantee the quality of remanufactured or refilled cartridges.
  1. Make sure the printer is on. Press the Power button if it is not lit.
  2. Open the printer cover, and then wait until the print cartridge carriage is idle and silent.
  3. Press down lightly on the end of the problem cartridge to release it. Figure 1: Removing the tri-color cartridge c00838141.gif
  4. Slide the cartridge out and inspect it. CAUTION: Do not touch the copper electrical contacts or the ink nozzles. Figure 2: Electrical contacts and nozzles c00838142.gif 1 - Copper electrical contacts 2 - Nozzles
    • Check the electrical contacts for debris.
    • Make sure all the clear nozzle protective tape has been removed. CAUTION: Do not attempt to remove the copper electrical strip. Figure 3: Removing the clear nozzle protective tape c00838143.gif 1 - Protective tape
    • Look at the number on the print cartridge label and make sure it is compatible with your printer. Compatible print cartridges are listed in the Printer Reference Guide supplied with your printer.
  5. If the cartridge is compatible, reinstall it in the printer:
    • Color cartridges go into the left carriage slot.
    • Black cartridges go into the right carriage slot. Figure 4: Sliding cartridge into place c00838144.gif
Step two: Clean the problem cartridge contacts If the steps above did not solved the problem, follow the steps below to clean the electrical contacts on the print cartridge and in the carriage in the printer.
  1. Gather the following items to clean the cartridge and print carriage:
    • Clean distilled water. Use bottled or filtered water if distilled water is not available. Tap water may contain contaminants which could damage the cartridge.
    • Clean cotton swabs or any soft, lint-free material that will not stick to the cartridges (coffee filters work well).
    • Sheets of paper or paper towel to rest the cartridges on during cleaning.
  2. Open the printer lid and wait until the print cartridge carriage stops moving.
  3. Remove the cartridge and place it on a piece of paper with the nozzle plate facing up. NOTE: If you are removing a print cartridge, try to clean the contacts quickly enough that the cartridge is not outside of the printer for more than 30 minutes. The ink can dry and clog the nozzles if the cartridge is outside of the printer for too long.
  4. Unplug the printer.
  5. Dip a swab in the clean water, and then squeeze it to remove most of the moisture. The swab should be only slightly damp.
  6. Clean the print cartridge contacts. The illustration below shows the contacts. Do not touch the nozzles. Figure 5: Electrical contacts c00838145.gif
  7. Clean the contacts in the print carriage, inside the printer. The illustration below shows the carriage and the contacts.
  8. Either let the cartridge sit for several minutes to allow the cleaned area to dry, or use a new swab to dry it.
  9. Reinstall the cartridge, plug the printer back in, and close the printer cover. Figure 6: Print carriage contacts c00838146.gif
Step three: Repeat reseating and cleaning steps If the problem is not solved, repeat the reseating and cleaning procedures above.

Posted on Apr 07, 2008

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SOURCE: HP PSC 1315 All-In-One InkJet Print Cartridge Error

Hello -
Did you perhaps not mean to post under the 1315? I am not sure if you have this printer or another model. The 1315 normally takes a different number ink cartridge.

Meanwhile - gotta tell you that the 1315 is the buggiest printer I ever had. If you purchased it recently and can find your receipt, I'd take it back! Since they've pretty much done away with the 1315, if it was a recent purchase, it was likely a clearance item from some place.

Try taking all the ink cartridges out, uninstall the printer entirely, and reinstall it (the entire printer, not just the cartridges). Blow your printer out with canned air as well - dust, pet hair, people hair, fuzz and general paper fibers can build up more than we think, and cause error messages and other printing problems.

That should help, if it was the 1315 model.

That being said, note that if it still doesn't work, and you have the 1315, save yourself a lot of grief and toss it in the trash and buy another cheap printer! 1315 is Bug City!

Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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SOURCE: hp 3180 print cartridge light blinking


is the ink cartridge you replaced hp brand or did you refill it this is an incompatibility code from the software. some brands and cartridges are not fully compatible and creates an e code error code. if it is hp brand it is likely a defective sensor chip in the ink cartridge. i would for best assurance return the cartridge for a different one and then recheck. if niot you may need to restore your software or reinstall it most of the time this will fix the problem.

hope this helps..happy computing!

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Blinking lights plus E sign for cartridge error -

Look carefully to make sure there is no paper jammed inside. Sometimes there can be a small piece of paper that tore-off in the gears causing a paper jam.

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Posted on May 11, 2010

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SOURCE: hp officejet j4580 print cartridge problem (tri-color)

I discovered on mine, exact same problem, I opened the tray, removed the cartridge, and forced it back in hard and fast. It didn't work the first 12 times but after that, it got a solid connection and it worked. Works fine now. Anyway that's the problem and the problem isn't the cartridge (genuine hp cart here). The problem is on the printer side, the pins that hit the cartridge. Anyway get rough with it, slam it in and out, close the tray, if it doesn't work within 5 seconds, open the tray and do it again. It WILL work.

Posted on Oct 07, 2010

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=== Cleaning the ink Cartridges ===

Even if the cartridge is new, follow the steps below to clean the print cartridge contacts. Print cartridges have a substance on the contacts to keep them from corroding during storage that may cause poor electrical contact between the print carriage and the print cartridge.
  1. Verify that the product is turned on. NOTE: If the HP product is not turned on, you will not be able to remove the print cartridges.
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  • Distilled, filtered, or bottled water (tap water may contain contaminants that can damage the print cartridges) CAUTION: Be careful not to get ink on hands or clothing.
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