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Picturemate 500 won't print.

I left an ink cartridge in the machinefor over a year and the printer womt print. I put in a new ink carteidge but it still wont print. seems as though something is cloged up.

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Re: "I left an ink cartridge in the machinefor over a year and the printer womt print."

That is normal, ink had clogged on the printhead and now the nozzles are blocked it wont print.

Only way to fix this is by removing the print head and leaving into isopropyl alcohol solution overnight, if that does not work , you will need to replace the printheads.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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Hi,
First clean the encoder strip carefully. Give one time service..
Although refilling ink cartridges can help you save some money, there is no confirmation that a refilled cartridge will work properly. This is because on each tank, there is a chip which communicates with the printer, telling the printer how much ink is left. When you refill a cartridge, the chip's status will still think it's empty and this could be why your printer is still displaying the Low Ink status.
I won’t recommend you to use third party ink cartridges, ink refills or continuous ink system as they are not wired by the manufacturer themselves and could possibly damage your device.
Your warranty will also be void.

Thank you.........

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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Try hard reset .

Unplug the unit from power chord for 30 minutes and plug back the power chord to the unit .
This will reset your unit .


When the print cartridge contacts are dirty and the printer cannot detect a print cartridge.

Clean the contact points on the cartridges with a dry, lint-free cloth.

1. Open the top cover of the printer.

2. Remove the print cartridges.

3. Clean the copper-colored contact points on the cartridges with a damp, lint-free cloth.
Use a dry, lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.

5. Insert the cartridges back into the printer.

6. Close the top cover.

7. Try printing again.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009

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