Incompatible ink cartridge(s) ERROR on HP 4230 All-in-on printer
I printed a series of 7 pages. Once I got to the 8th page, the print was blurred and the error appeared. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling both HP ink cartridges, powering on and powering off and unplugging and replugging the printer. I can not clear the error and the machine will not print. HP does not offer any solutions.
Re: Incompatible ink cartridge(s) ERROR on HP 4230...
Try uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers. This can be done by going to the Add and Remove programs, this is located under the Control Panel. You may have to reboot and I would recommend that you do. This will clear out the Print Spooler. The Print Spooler is located under the C Drive and may get corrupted. You can find information about this in Google. Look for repairing spooler on the OS that you are using.
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These types of severe HP 74 black or HP 75 color ink cartridge errors (i.e. refer to documentation / incompatible cartridges, print cartridge(s) problem, etc.) typically indicate the internal micro electronics of the respective HP 74 black or HP 75 color cartridge are damaged. The cartridges electrical wire runs at rear and lower side of the ink cartridge, are very delicate and are somewhat susceptible to ink attack over time, which can lead to premature failures. In addition, the older the cartridge the higher the chance of an internal micro electronics failure. I suggest you first run a Tap 41 diagnostic test to check cartridges electrical health (this is a special forced service test, refer to video so you understand how to read the print out). You may also bypass the error (temporarily) on most models which use HP 74/75 cartridges.
NOTE: Unfortunately, alignment pages and internal self test prints will usually print Ok even if the cartridge is internally electrically damaged. Do not use these test pages as a proxy for determining whether a cartridge is good or bad, only the 'Tap 41/43' diagnostic test report can yield this information.
1. Press and hold the CANCEL button.
2. Press the COLOR COPY button. Release both buttons.
3. The self test page should print. The printed pattern will verify printer is generally functional
--- The self test page is a 'forced' test print whether the ink cartridges are good or bad. Inspect color bars to verify proper nozzle/jetting health. If normal/regular printing is still not permitted then the problem is with either one, or both, of the ink cartridges. Activate Tap 41 test to confirm which cartridge is causing the issue.
C. Validate the cartridge's electrical health by running the 'Tap 41' diagnostics test. Refer to video procedure or .pdf document at the following links on how to activate and read the service test report: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=536
1. Load Letter/A4-size paper into paper feed tray.
2. If any lights are blinking, first press Cancel to attempt to clear.
3. Press and HOLD the Cancel button, press Ok button once.
4. At 'Mfg Commands' menu, click Right Arrow once until 'uiaux service' menu is displayed.
5. At 'uiaux service' menu, click the Right Arrow until Special Reports menu is displayed.
6. Select Ok, then click Right Arrow until the 'print-mech button tap' menu is displayed.
7. Select Ok (Code = 0 will be displayed); click and hold Right Arrow until 'code = 41' is displayed. Use the Left Arrow if you need to decrease numerical count.
8. Select Ok. Within one minute the Tap 41 diagnostic test report should be initiated and print (whether ink cartridges are good or not, i.e. this is a forced print test). See following 4 paragraphs (or video) on how to interpret diagnostic report.....
--- Providing the color cartridge is partially functioning the Tap 41 diagnostic test print will be printed (this is a forced service print test which is mainly used for the evaluation of ink cartridge electrical health). A good HP 75/75XL color cartridge should display 600 good nozzles, while a good HP 74/74XL black ink cartridge should show 672 good nozzles. If the results yield anything different then the ink cartridge is likely damaged and will need to be replaced. Refer to video on how to read the printout.
---- If the printer attempts to print the diagnostic test pattern (1 page) then the printer is generally considered operational and functional, if nothing is printed, but the printer attempts to print the pattern, then the tri-color ink cartridge is either empty, clogged or severely electrically damaged (black ink cartridge is not used). You can remove the tri-color cartridge, reactivate the tap 41 test and the printer will print the diagnostic test print in black ink.
You can also test general printer performance by running the 'Tap 10' diagnostic test, use same procedure above and enter "code = 10". Both the 'Tap 41' and 'Tap 10' tests are 'forced print tests' - the printer will make every attempt to print the pattern whether the ink cartridges are good or bad...the patterns should be utilized to diagnose cartridge health. If 'regular' printing is still not possible then one or both of the ink cartridges is damaged.
However, if the cartridge is determined to be electrically damaged, largely dependent on the 'Tap 41' diagnostic test results, the cartridge will eventually need to be replaced with a new one. With a marginally performing ink cartridge, this typically results in allowing 1 entire print job to be printed at a time. If this does not permit any print operations then the cartridge has severe internal electrical damage and will need to be replaced.
*Many cartridges eventually do encounter problems or failures, especially after their original ink is gone and they are re-used, and this is often unrelated to the refill process. The "Incompatible Print Cartridge(s)" / "Print Cartridge(s) Problem" / "Refer to printer documentation" / "Cartridge Error: Cartridge must be replaced" / "Cartridge in left/right slot is not intended for use in this printer" / "Now printing alignment page" error messages are typically indicative of failed micro-electronics internal to the ink cartridge(s). Also note that it is common to have a marginally performing ink cartridge (which was performing ok before) in the adjacent slot (i.e. color), then when a marginally performing cartridge is installed into the other slot (i.e. black), both of the ink cartridge(s) then get flagged with electrical errors. Running the 'Tap 41' cartridge health diagnostics test will confirm the active electrical state of both cartridges.
NOTE: If you are interested in the top 'refill friendly inkjet printer models', our suggested list is posted on-line and our internal labs have verified there are no issues (with ink compatibility or color output/richness) with all of these models: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=3585
CAUTION: Be advised, the use of compatible/clone cartridges (i.e. sold thru the internet from overseas) are known to be problematic and may cause printer errors. We do NOT suggest refilling these types of ink cartridges.....refilling of HP 74/75 original/genuine ink cartridges is only suggested!
If you ever need to purchase a new HP 74/75 ink cartridge(s), we suggest you try a remanufactured ink cartridge from http://www.inkplicity.com/ as their ink cartridges typically have the lowest cost in the USA, have a high reliability rating and provide a 1-year warranty and free shipping over $20 (products available to US residents only).
Regarding your recent inquiry about the HP 45/78 printer error condition (i.e. improper print quality, etc'), it sounds like your cartridge's internal micro-electronics are either clogged or have electrically failed and will need to be replaced. NOTE: The HP 45/78/78+ ink cartridges are extremely robust (compared to many of the newer versions found in market today) and can typically be refilled 8+ times, on average, before suffering a hard internal electronic failure. To verify the electrical health of the ink cartridge, please perform the diagnostic checks below or refer to our HP printer diagnostics document: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1813
In some cases the ink cartridges just need to be FIRMLY re-seated into the carriage assembly (also check the cartridge restraining mechanism/arms if present - sometimes these mechanical restraints/arms become loose over time...please double-check these if applicable). We also suggest that you ensure the printer carriage/flex cables (where the cartridge interfaces to the carriage inside the printer) and ink cartridge rear electrical contacts are thoroughly clean to rule out poor connectivity as root cause: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1519
Cartridge & Printer maintenance should be evaluated:
Ensure both ink cartridges and flex cable contact surfaces (where the cartridge interfaces to the carriage inside the printer) are thoroughly clean: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1519
1) Gently blot the cartridge Nozzle Plate with a damp lint-free towel/wipe - a small amount of ink should be dispensed, and be visible, on the towel (all 3 colors should be present for a Tri-color cartridge).
2) If no ink is dispersed from nozzle plate (i.e. visible on towel) or ink cartridge completely fails to print on paper after installed in printer, then more drastic cartridge and printer cleaning steps will likely need to be performed to recover ink cartridge (NOTE: foam inside cartridge can dry out and become very hard - the foam must be moist with ink to function correctly (i.e. ink flows and wets the nozzle plate). Refer to 'clogged ink cartridge recovery' video here: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2818
Providing the ink cartridges are clean, the problem may be caused by a dirty wiper blade or poor seal in the service station (capping station where the ink cartridges park when not in use) and this is causing the poor jetting / print performance issue you are observing. Remove the ink cartridges and thoroughly clean the wipers and seals: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1519
DIAGNOSTIC TESTS FOR HP Officejet and LX, Officejet 300 series, 700 series, T series, D series, K series, G series, V series, 4100 series, 5100 series, 6100 series, 7100 series PRINTER (HP 45/78 ink cartridges):
NOTE: Unfortunately, alignment pages and internal self test prints will usually print Ok even if the cartridge is internally electrically damaged.
Perform Printer Error Reset:
1. Open the printer/cover as if replacing the cartridge and allow the carriage assembly to move to the cartridges access/loading position.
2. Unplug the power cable from the rear of printer and close the printer's cover.
3. While depressing the power button, plug in the power cable. Keep the power button pressed for about 10-15 seconds, allowing the error flag to reset.
4. After printer powers on, cycle printer power once again and allow printer to fully initialize (may take ~5 minutes for the message/error condition to disappear).
NOTE: If ink cartridge error persists then replace ink cartridge.
*Many cartridges eventually do encounter problems or failures, especially after their original ink is gone and they are re-used, and this is often unrelated to the refill process. Typically the ink cartridge's nozzle plate suffers a break at one of the flexible circuit lines within the base of the cartridge nozzle plate...refer to photo at bottom of this page: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=509
However, if your printer works routinely after inserting a brand new HP 45 black or HP 78 color ink cartridge in it, this will confirm the root cause of failure.
We trust this detailed technical information provides you some additional insight into the issue you have endured.
CAUTION: Be advised, the use of compatible/clone cartridges (i.e. sold thru the internet from China) are known to be problematic and may cause printer errors. We do NOT suggest refilling these types of ink cartridges.....refilling of original/genuine ink cartridges is only suggested!
If you need to purchase a new ink cartridge, we suggest you try a remanufactured HP 45/78/78+ ink cartridge from http://www.inkplicity.com/ as their ink cartridges typically have the lowest cost in the USA and reportedly have a high reliability rating (plus free shipping for all orders above $20).
For any additional questions please contact us directly: Inkjet411help@gmail.com
The 'incompatible cartridge' error message is not a common error message associated with the Photosmart C5180 printer model - in most cases when the HP02 cartridge is not recognized, or has poor connectivity, you will normally receive an "Unrecognized Cartridge" or "Cartridge Problem" error message with a big RED X; in most cases (like 99.3%) the smart chip needs to be replaced with a new one - please note the chip life has 25 month expiration window from the time the cartridge is initially installed into the printer. Costco and Fry's Electronic's provide this top-notch refilling/programming service today. I suggest
you also verify the permanent built-in PRINTHEAD performance inside this
legacy printer model (either one of the procedures below applies to all
printers which use HP02 or HP363 ink cartridges): For additional HP02 support information, please
visit our HP02 system support page which includes videos of everything
mentioned below: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1372 A. HP02
ink-series printers with KEYPAD (i.e. keypad numbers 1-9) Tap
43 PRINTHEAD Health Diagnostics:
Video Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2391
1.Press * and # keys simultaneously.
Special Key Combo" will be displayed.
3.Press 123 to display the 'Support/Service' menu.
4.At 'Support/Service' menu, click the Right Arrow
3 times until Special Reports menu is displayed.
5.Select Ok, then click Right Arrow 2 times until the
'print-mech button tap' menu is displayed.
6.Select Ok ('code = 0' will be displayed); click
and hold Right Arrow until 'code = 43' is displayed. Use the Left Arrow if you
need to decrease numerical count.
7.Select Ok. The test page prints.
8.Check the 4th line at the top of the printed
report; an electrically good/stable PRINTHEAD 'Pen Status' will state "Pen
Status: Pen OK".........if any other message
is displayed then the PRINTHEAD may have failed and may need to be replaced (if
part is still available). It is suggested to perform the 'Printer Reset'
procedure below to first rule out printer firmware related problem. B. HP02
ink-series printer models that DO NOT HAVE a KEYPAD: Internal Test Print:
1. Press the Menu button, press
the Right Arrow button to select 'Tools', and then press 'OK'.
2. Press the Right Arrow button
several times to select 'Print Test Page', and then press 'OK'. The test page
prints. Tap 43 PRINTHEAD Health Diagnostics -
See Video Procedure: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=2377
ON the printer.
and Hold the "Print Photos" & "Red Eye Removal" buttons.
will see a new screen that says, "Enter Special Key Combo"... The Key combo is:
press and release in sequence the "Red Eye Removal", "Print Photos", and then
"Red Eye Removal"
through the menu by pressing the right arrow button until the display says
Ok, then press the arrow button until the 'print-mech button tap' menu is
Ok ('code = 0' will be displayed); click and hold Right Arrow until 'code = 43'
Ok. The test page prints.
the 4th line at the top of the printed report; an electrically good/stable
PRINTHEAD 'Pen Status' will state "Pen Status: Pen OK".........if any other message is
displayed then the PRINTHEAD may have failed (unfortunately the PRINTHEAD is
not replaceable). It is suggested to perform the 'Printer Reset' procedure
below to first rule out printer firmware related problem.
For additional and advanced HP printer diagnostics,
please visit: http://inkjet411.com/?page_id=1813
To help solve other HP02 ink-series printer/printing
related issues please visit http://www.inkjet411.com
If you are getting Incompatible ink cartridge error and These cartridges were replaced a year ago, I think its time you call them once again. ( 1-800-474-6836 ) and report the issue. They will ask you for the Cartridge details like part # and expiry date on the cartridge.
you must purchase original ink cartridges -- not all compatible cartridges are built the same..
i would suggest buying authentica , from HP dealer or reseller
go to www.compluscominc.com, they will help you for sure and let you kno what to buy and how much CC653ANContact Reseller HP 901 Black Officejet Ink Cartridge - Prints approximately 200 pages (North America) RoHS: Modified
CC654ANContact Reseller HP 901XL Black Officejet Ink Cartridge - Prints approximately 700 pages (North America) RoHS: Modified
HP Officejt J4680 - All in one Printer from HP, whcih will have Printing, Fax, Scanner and Copier facilities.
Normal catridges recommened by HP are given below :
01. HP 901 - Black which will print 200 Pages.
02. HP 901 - Tri Colour which will print 200 Pages.
03. HP 901 XL Black which is a bigger one that will print 900 pages regulary.
This printer is most rugged one used by Home as well as in offices.
The follwoing message regarding this Printer taken from HP Website which gives information about the printer quality.
Enjoy the convenience of wireless connectivity with our Officejet J4680 All-in-One. You'll be able to print, copy, scan, and fax all from one device, plus print at speeds as fast as 28 pages per minute in black and 22 in color. And with our Officejet inks, you'll get high-quality printing at a lower cost per page than with a laser printer.
Reliable and versatile
Print, copy, scan and fax with a single machine
Print fast, at up to 28 pages/minute black, 22 color##
i had the same problem with the hp 4580. i needed to replace the black ink which i did. then the error message appeared "incompatible print cartridge tri color"...chatted with hp customer support, wasted a hour. claimed its a hardware problem need to have it fixed. i asked would i be charge he said yes but the printer was under warranty. he asked other questions...bottom line i left the chat box....bought another hp 4580, used same cartridges, same message...THEN finally i replaced the color cartridge...and BAM! it worked on both printers. solution...replace the color cartridge...cons..if this happens again its a waste of money to keep buying the colored ink...