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Error Message: "The print cartridge cradle cannot move"

The paper only spools half way then the above error message appears. I have taken out the print cartridges and checked them, as well as, inspect the paper rollers for any paper obstructions.

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Normal 0 Driver could be corrupt.
Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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