Occasional use of copier-fax leads to dried, useless ink cartridg
And at $35 bucks a pop, It's about $3.50 a copy. Does anyone have a suggestion for desolving the dried ink in the cartridge? The water wipe suggested in the manual does not work, even after an addition three rounds of cleaning the jets.
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Your fax machine (L120) use dry toner and not ink cartridges, so it doesn't have printhead. If the copies are dirty or bad but received faxes and printed documents are OK, then You have to clean the scanner unit (it's above the plain paper storage and can be opened with small handle).
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You do not say how you have cleaned it. You may be using a recycled cartridge. These are bad as the gold contacts are already squashed and make poor contact with the carriage. Use a cotton bud to clean the gold contacts on the cartridge and in the carriage. Buy a genuine HP 701 and if still no good then a new carriage will be needed but they are not available so the machine is useless.
New cartridge wouldnt print but sounded like it was printing. You can check ink levels clean or align cartridge by pushing menu then tools. I cleaned contact points w qtip and alcohol. What seemed to work is putting alcohol on cartridge where ink is released and putting back into machine wet did this three times first time little dots of ink then a faint print and now it is printing must have been dried ink further then I could access.
Some brands of fax machines and all-in-one printer/scanner/fax/copiers need the ink cartridge to be present and have some ink in it to perform functions which don't actually require ink.
My dad bought a Brother all-in-one, and he is unable to scan or send faxes unless he replaces an empty ink cartridge first. If you have a Brother fax machine, I'd suggest returning it and buying a different brand. They waste ink on unnecessary cleaning procedures and force you to buy more for stuff that doesn't need ink.
Yes, some have a chip on the cartrige unit, they cannot be reset.
Buy a new unit.
Sometimes using competitve ink in this machine can cause other problems.
The copies are light with background and with streaks, also sometimes the toner might be spilling below the developer housing or copy cartrige unit.