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Ink empty yellow error message even after ink has been replaced

I have a an error message flashing on the printer "Ink Empty Yellow". This cartridge appears to be 3/4 full and probably placed. Replacing the cartridge did not change the error message. Also, all other buttons including the power button are not working. Any solutions out there?

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Re: Ink empty yellow error message even after ink has...

The mechanism on the cariage is faulty. It cannot be repaired by you the user.

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SOURCE: I have replaced all the ink cartridges, but it

Try unplugging the printer, waiting a few minutes and replugging it back in.

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SOURCE: Printer thinks cartridges empty

Unplug your printer from the computer and then the power supply. Remove the inks from the printer. Plug the printer back into the computer first then connect the power supply. Install the inks "very slowly" one by one and then check the levels, they should now read full. Thank you, Dana

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SOURCE: says the yellow ink needs replacing,have a new ink cartridge in

pulled plug, removed yellow cartridge, cleaned point where yellow ink goes in, put plug back in and it worked.........Thanks

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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Solution As the printer operates, it moves ink from the ink cartridges into a printhead reservoir. The printer does not deliver a message when an ink cartridge goes empty, because it still has ink in the reservoir. The printer continues printing until the ink level in the reservoir falls to a first trigger point - then a message appears advising the printer owner to Replace Cartridges Soon . At this point, other cartridges that are empty but have not reached the trigger point are also mentioned in the message, to save trips to the retailer. After the first trigger point, the printer can continue printing until ink levels in the reservoir reach a second trigger point. At the second trigger point there is only enough ink left to perform vital servicing tasks, and a new message appears, saying Ink Cartridges Empty . The options offered depend on the usable inks remaining. If no options are offered, the cartridges indicated must be replaced before printing can continue. The Ink Cartridges Empty options are described in the table below: Ink colors out Option Print mode possible All Cancel None Black


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