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With respect to your HP OJ J4680 printer, which uses HP 901/901XL ink cartridges, it sounds like this is either a compatible/clone cartridge from overseas in which case you should not remove the orange top as it is molded into the cartridge, or you recently purchased or had the ink cartridge refilled (at Costco, etc.) and the storage clip (which seals the base of the cartridges to prevent the nozzles from drying out) is attached to the ink cartridge. If this is a storage clip, just press hard on the clips top lever at an angle to remove. See our videos on cartridge care tips and how to troubleshoot an ink cartridge error/problem on the HP OJ J4500, J4600 and OJ 4500 series printer models:
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Turn on the printer. Open the top of the printer to expose the ink cartridge compartment. Hit the "Stop" button. This will cause the printer head to move so that one of the two ink cartridges move above the "No Ink" icon. Hit the "Stop" button again. It will move the other ink cartridge above the "No Ink" icon if it needs to be replaced. The printer head will move to the original position to the right.
try to clean the unit if you can with a cotton swab and some alcohol. if it is an HP Officejet 1500, find the nearest trash can, that is the only solution to fix that particular model. been there, done that. i had to deliberately "misalign" the cartridge to be able to use it at all.
I just did it a few minutes ago and it's pretty simple. Just grab the thing right in the center, above the print tray (there's a little handle) and pull the top up. The ink carts will be right in there (towards you, on the right) just pull the one you need to replace out, directly towards you, and then pop the new one in. There are little notches on it so you can't put it in backwards/upside-down or anything, and there's no latch or anything physically holding the cartridges down