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HP Photosmart C7280 "Ink System Failure" Error:0xc18a0101


I recenlty replaced an HP ink cartridge on my Photosmart C7280 All-in-One and now I've got a consistent printer error (Ink System Failure Error:0xc18a0101).

Another FixYa posting appears to discribe a similar problem (please see this other posting cut and pasted below).

HP has not been able to help me with this problem claiming that my printer is out of warranty. I contend that since this may be a problem related to a recently purchased HP ink jet cartridge, that the cartridge warranty should apply. I spent a considerable amount of time on the phone with who I think was HP tech support but had to end the call due to a problem at home.

Any idea if this is a problem caused by the new HP ink cartridge or something gone haywire with the hardware as the HP tech support rep has claimed?



Comment posted on Oct 09, 2008 I called HP and solved the issue by forcing the initiating process of the C7280. They told me that my printer didn't recognize the new print color cartridge I installed, so the tech support guy said that we had to make it recognize it by having me me push star and pound together and then go through the trouble shooting which I forgot how, but you can call 18004746836 and ask for tech support and give them this number 8016926730 and they will help you walk through the troubleshooting method that helped me solve my problem.

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Does this help? The first part sounds the same.

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