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General Error My printer keeps giving me a 'general error' message. I have turned it on/off. It has full ink cartridges. I won't print anything. Does anyone have any idea what is wrong with it?

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Re: General Error

Sounds like you have hit the Ink Overflow Protection Counter. This is a counter within the firmware that monitors how much ink has been pumped to the waste ink pads in the base of the machine. When it gets to a certain figure the machine stops until the counter is reset. Get in touch with the people at and ask about their rescue kits for this machine. If they do not list one on the web site they will make one for you.

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Why can't I scan, print or do anything? There is no error code.

Patti, you may have to do a hard reset.
1) Disconnect the USB cable from your computer
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3) Unplug the power cord. Wait for a couple minutes. Plug the unit back in,hit power button if needed.
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Epson general error

Sorry to disagree but a "General error" is rarely anything to do with the waste ink counter and more likely an issue with any number of other parts.

If the waste ink counter were at fault the message would include keywords like "Service required" whereas "General error" is just a generic catch all term for "It's far too technical for us to explain it to you so we won't".

All of that aside, the "General error" can still result from a waste counter reset, particularly when the cartridges in the printer do not have sufficient ink in them to allow a priming routine to complete. The printer assumes that a reset will be done with fresh cartridges (and originals at that) so if the cartridges are low it can bomb out with a general error because it knows it can't complete.

There are a slew of additional "General error" troubleshooting pointers on this article which I keep updated whenever I discover a new quirk to the whole thing:

Hope that helps.

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The sgreen says general error, see your printer documentation for information about clearing the error.......of course I can't find the manual

Everything you need; manuals, drivers and interactive guide can be found here:

Below are two possible soultions for a General Error:

1. When a General error message appears in the display on your printer's control panel, the print head may not be able to move because of some obstruction. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn the printer off.
  2. Open the printer's cover.
  3. Gently remove any jammed paper or other obstructions from the paper path.
  4. Close the cover and turn the printer back on.
alert_note.gif Note: If you can't remove the paper or foreign object yourself, do not use force and do not disassemble the printer.

2. When a General error message appears in the display on your printer's control panel, the print head may not be able to move back and forth freely.

If your printer's ink cartridge cover is not completely closed, the print head may have trouble moving back and forth. Follow these steps:

Turn off the printer.
  1. Open the printer's cover.
  2. Press the ink cartridge cover to make sure it is completely closed.
  3. Close the cover and turn the printer back on.
Before considering other options you might to try unplugging the printer from the power supply; give it 5 - 10 minutes before plugging back in and restarting.

Hopefully this will help resolve the problem. :)

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I keep getting a cartridge 50C cartridge error on my printer. What can I do to fix it? I can't print just anything. The test printer works but I can't print anything else.

Hi there Error 50c

Regarding the Dell A940 "Error 50c"....the user guide doesn't seem to mention "Error 50c". They do, however, mention a "Cartridge Error" on page 52 of the manual. They claim this means that the printer has detected a short circuit (fuse/resister) in the cartridge. As you may or may not have noticed in the manual, this is what they recommend doing about it:

1) Press Power to turn the printer off.

2) Lift the printer cover/lid (scanner unit) until the scanner support holds it open.

3) Turn the printer on.
The ink cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position unless the printer is busy.

4) Remove the color ink cartridge.

5) Lower the printer (scanner unit) until it is completely closed.
If the error message displays again, replace the black cartridge with a new black cartridge.

If the error message does not display, repeat steps 1–3 and then go to step 6.

6) Reinstall the color cartridge and remove the black ink cartridge.

7) Lower the printer (scanner unit) until it is completely closed.

If the error message displays again, replace the color cartridge with a new
color cartridge.
If there is no error message (indicated by flashing lights), repeat steps 1–3 and then reinstall both ink cartridges.
8) Lower the printer (scanner unit) until it is completely closed.

If you get the error message again, while both cartridges are installed, replace both of the cartridges.

Basically, what they want you to determine is,....if the short circuit is with the "black ink" cartridge or the "color ink" cartridge and then replace the cartridge that has the problem.

You may have to buy a new cartrige.
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Will not print. e 2 flashes on screen


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E3 - Paper jam
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E5 - The ink cartridges are not installed or a non-supported ink cartridge is installed , or the ink cartridges are not installed properly
E8 - Waste ink absorber full, or platen waste ink absorber full «ОК»)
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E16 - Ink remaining is unknown
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You can gave it a good clean out try.
Generally when this happens, something has fallen into the printer, or a piece of paper has been jammed in there.

First step, remove the ink cartridge, and turn the printer upside down and gently shake it, see if anything comes out.

If nothing goes, or you can't hear anything rattling around, get a piece of cardstock paper (60lb or heavier) and gently push this through the printer, to see if it will help push out what might be stuck in there.

And gave the rode that the ink slides on a good clean and maybe a bit oil on cloth and wipe the rod with it.

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Ink absorber

actually ink absorber is full means you printer inside got small pieces towel
to absorb ink. but Canon PIXMA printers display an error when a certain internal counter suggests that the ink absorber may be full. If you've done a lot of printing, the ink absorber may actually be full and you might need to have it cleaned or replaced to ensure the best printing quality. However, if you haven't printed that much or you have and you just need to print something right this minute, there is a way to reset the counter and stop the error from showing up again

please try go to this website :
the you go left hand side download General Tools (EEPROM Resetter) Collection and install on you cpu.

after download remember to turn on printer before install it.then go to Reset ink counter by clicking Reset main on waste ink counter menu

try this if can't i think you need send to shop for technician to open it and clearning for you....

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