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Problem Powering On

When powering on the printer, cartridges slam right, then slam left, then stop hard left.
Power light flashes orange 2 times followed by longer green.
Documents sit in queue and nothing happens. Finally a window indicating a printing error has occured.
Have unplugged and replugged and tried everything I can think of.
Hope you can help.

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Excellent start. Indeed the tape is the position fix for the cartridge carriage. From a paper jam, the tape was dislodged from the slot in the sensor housing on my printer. You could see the tape in front of the sensor housing when you remove the blue cartridge. The fix is to remove the four screws visible in the holes when you open the scanner lid. A T10 Torx tool is required. Tape the scanner housing to the mid body housing to keep the two parts together. Carefully lift the taped housings from the bottom base. Be careful as there are several signal tapes on the left side. There is sufficient slack to prop the housing on the left side when removed. Locate the black sensor tower on the circuit board behind the blue cartridge on the carriage. The position tape should be in the slot in the sensor housing. Be sure its not twisted or dislodged. The position tape is suspended by metal tabs on either side of the assembly. Do not mess with those tabs in any way or the device will loose its carriage position accuracy. Once the tape is in the slot, carefully re-install the printer housing case. Be sure the cases join properly. Drop the screws in the holes and slowly turn the screws backwards to find the original groove for the threads. When you feel the screw drop in the original thread groves, reverse the rotation and seat the screws in place. If that was indeed the fault, reconnect the printer and you should be good to go. It's time for a reward for the tech!

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Open the cover and look for a strip of plastic that the cartridges move along. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO DISCONNECT THIS PIECE. If you can access it use a damp cloth to wipe any ink/dirt from this - DO NOT use chemicals as there are markings on this strip that are used for positioning. The slamming is caused because the printer cannot read the cartridge position.

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