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Ink system failure

Help this is the warning i'am getting

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  • Anonymous Jun 11, 2008

    ink system failure, unable to copy,fax or print.Refer to printer documentation.



  • Anonymous Aug 12, 2008

    ink failure system

    error 0xc18a0001

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Turning the printer on and off will not solve your problem. If you get ink system failure you most likely have air in your ink system. This will happen after months of use -every ink cartridge you reload and purge will have a little bit of air trapped in it and over time it must add up. You have to do a system reset which causes your printer to start over and do a full purge of ink through your system. This is what happens when you do your first ink system set up when you open install new ink cartridges. To do a ink system reset you must first:

1. After your printer gives you a ink system failure you will need to press and hold down ok and cancel at the same time and then press the start button once. (make sure you hold the cancel and ok down until the system shuts down and then release).

2.Now (Again) hold the cancel and ok Button down and and press the on button again -making sure to keep holding down the cancel and ok until it shuts itself down again. It will seem like it is starting up again up will then just shut off. Now once it has shut off for the second time (It is VERY important that you have a new set of ink cartridges installed before turning on the system for the second time) This is because it will do a full ink purge and rid the trapped air in the system. If you have old ink in it or almost empty it will most likely not purge enough. A new set of ink works best- You can go back to your old ink after if you like and keep the "new" set for back up when the system fails again down the road (it will fail again -this is poor designing by HP).

3.Now once you have shut down the system and loaded a fresh set of ink (all 6 of the ink cartriges) you can now press the on button (at this time you should get a reset code the come on first and the printer will run its purging of the air and new ink.

4. You might have to do this more then once to rid all the air out of the system-keep trying and after 2 -3 times it will stop giving you the ink failure. I have fixed my printer many times by this fix for many years.

Good Luck!

Posted on Jan 26, 2008

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Good advice but after repeaded tries none of the above works. I may trashed the printer. The ink costs is to much for to keep trying the solutions.

Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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I have a 3210 that was fixed first try thanks to nik.

1. Unplug the power cable from printer while the printer is on.
2, Press and hold OK and HELP buttons while plugging in the power cord. Wait for the screen to go black or blank before releasing the keys.
3. Just turn on the printer and configure your printer new.

I hope the LORD makes Nik a wealthy man for this solution.
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An ink system failure code is displayed on the product's Control Panel . Solution Step one: Identify the error code All error codes starting c18axxxx (where xxxx is some combination of numbers) and the specific error code c05d0082, service the product. For any other error code, continue to the next step. Step two: Reset the product

  1. Turn off the product by pressing the On button.
  2. Unplug the power cord from the back of the product.
  3. Plug the power cord back into the product.
  4. Turn on the product by pressing the On button.
    NOTE: Sometimes Ink System Failures cause a carriage stall when the power to the printer is cycled. If the Ink System Failure requires the product to be returned, there is no need to resolve carriage stall issues with the product.
Step three: Service the product If you have completed all of the steps listed above and are still experiencing a problem, service your product.

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