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Lexmark X83 Problem

I just bought new cartridges for my Lexmark X83 All-in-One printer.Whem Iremoved the color cartridge I had to clean the contacts on the back of the printer slot. Now My control program doesn't even show a color cartridge on the cartridge tab and printing a test page only prints black.

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  • Anonymous Jan 05, 2009

    I just uninstalled my printer and reinstalled from the original CD and am still having the same problem! It prints great in black & white but nothing in color. Couold there be something else I have to do to the cartridge slot on the printer (dirt etc)?

  • dbfass Jan 08, 2009


    I just uninstalled my printer and reinstalled from the original CD and am still having the same problem! It prints great in black & white but nothing in color. Couold there be something else I have to do to the cartridge slot on the printer (dirt etc)?

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Be sure to delete your printer and reinstall the printer cd back again but be sure there is only one printer install on your control panel .

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  • cruzer413 Jan 09, 2009

    try to clean the printhead and check the cartridge if it is damage,if you are sure that catridge is ok then try to print in color.my suspect is that you have a bad cartridge or you are printing in black.you shouldhighlight th e color and make a test page.printer wont print color if you are printing a non colored item.did you ever let lexmark clean the printhead if so doit three times.

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It could be a "short-circuit" type of electronic problem inside the colour cartridge.
Turn the printer off.
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My dealer said my color print cartridge was 3/4 full and had all 3 colors coming out but the printer says it is empty and won't print in color. What can I do? It is a Lexmark x83.


Read on and see if any applies to you.
Check that you removed the protective tape. some cartridges have two of these pieces of tape one over the head and possibly on on the contacts to the printer.

If you recently re-filled or had the cartridge refilled or even bought one of the many cheaper replacement cartridges you should read on

Most modern cartridges have an ink level chip built on to them.
Should the level drop below 25% then most of these chips lock up and will not reset.

Re-filling them will have no effect

If you are lucky you should be able to find either a
chip resetter around on the INTERNET or maybe even local

OR

Even better empty cartridges that
never need to be reset.
The second option is my preference

I realise these are not for your specific printer but there are others listed on both those sites as well.

cheaper cartridge problems have been on the rise recently and that is for ALL makes of printer.
If you try to clean the contacts be VERY careful cleaning contacts and ONLY use isopropynol on a lint free bud or cloth.
Also be very gentle.

I have seen the contacts cleaned and cartridges ruined with other methods of cleaning.
Rubbing too hard can also cause a badly set chip to move making it inoprable.

I dont like full prices replacements either which is why I always provide the links
I usually reccomend that people take back any cartridge that does not work right from the get-go.

I dont know of anyone who has had a problem doing that be it a shop refill or otherwise.

No matter if I paid $1 or $100 for a cartrdige I would still expect it to work

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