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Printhead When I turn the printer on the printhead slams back and forth instead of moving smoothly like it normally does. When trying to print I get the error: Cartridge Stall There is nothing blocking the printhead and cartridges is firmly in place.

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Re: Printhead

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If the printer carrier is slamming into the side of the printer, please try the following:

  1. Disconnect the power supply from the back of the printer.
  2. Open the front cover of the printer where the cartridges are located.
  3. Look for two black bands that span from left to right (they should have one serrated side and one smooth side). Just above the black bands there is a transparent strip; this strip is called the Encoder strip.
  4. Flick this strip lightly with your finger to make sure that it is running smoothly from left to right. You may need to do this two or three times. CAUTION: Do not pull the strip!
  5. Close the front cover of the printer and reconnect the power supply.
  6. If the problem persists, you may need to contact Lexmark Technical Support.

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