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Re: where the heck is the ink cartridge
If you will notice where the paper comes out of the printer, that whole top portion including the keyboard area tilts up and back, it is hinged. Once it is up you will be able to see the ribbon cable attached to the print head and the print head has the ink cartridges on it. With the printer off the printhead should be on the far left. Put your fingers on the cartridges and slide the printhead to the middle so that it is right in front of you and you can get to it. The ink cartridges just lift up and back off the print head. Replace the new one close the lid and power it on and you will be up and running again. God bless.
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Make sure you are using genuine Lexmark black cartridge. Lexmark does not recommend the use of refilled, re-manufactured or clone cartridges. You might not get the print quality you expect from ink that is specially formulated by Lexmark. Try to reinsert your black cartridge and make sure it is properly seated in the cartridge carrier. If error comes back up right after placing it in the printer, then it could be a faulty cartridge. Try to replace it with a new genuine Lexmark cartridge. If you are already using a genuine Lexmark cartridge, please contact Lexmark Technical Support Center for additional assistance.
The Lexmark X4270 printer uses cartridge number 70, 71 and 75 for the Mono Ink Cartridge. For the Color Ink Cartridge it uses 19,20 and 25. You can check this link - http://bit.ly/d2bbwm if you want to purchase these cartridges. Thanks.
Perhaps the Lexmark X4270 User's Guide will be able to assist you. To download, click on this link: http://bit.ly/cNbUKo . Go to Maintaining your All-in-One for the instructions on replacing the print cartridges. Hope this helps.
Error 1203 occurs due to smearing of ink on the carriage bottom where the cartridge head touches the carriage bottom. Please turn off your printer and unplug it.
Clean the bottom of carriage with a damp cloth and clean any dried ink. Make sure that you use the printer after 5-10 mins or until the carriage area dries up completely.
If the 1203 message is still present on the operator panel, you need to insert one cartridge at a time to determine which cartridge is producing the failure.
Now try and check whether you are still getting an error. I hope that you are using orignal Lexmark ink. If not then please use genuine inks only.
Here's an article in the Lexmark website to guide you on how to change/replace the ink cartridges on your Lexmark X4270 printer. Just click on this link: http://bit.ly/bR8WEN. Hope this helps. If you need more assistance, place a comment so I can get back to it. Thanks.
Did Quill sell you a "OEM" (Original Manufacturer's Equipment) or a cartridge a third party cartridge?
If it is a third party ink or cartridge, then that's your problem. Lexmark does not condone the use of third party ink or cartridges. This is considered to be product tampering by Lexmark and they will void the printer warranty if damage results from the use of these type cartridges.
I do apologize for the bad news, but I do ask that you do not shoot the messenger. :-)
Remove the black ink cartridge and examine the print head on it - you will probably find a small piece of tape (very thin) covering the jets - usually blue in color - remove it and reinstall the cartridge.