Even though I have installed the ink cartride correctly, I keep getting error messages "1203." I put the cartrigde in so many times until a peice broke off the top that locks the ink cartridge into the carrier. Do I have to buy a new printer?
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Re: Even though I have install the ink cartride
Hi there please try this.
Error 1203 is an issue that occurs either when a cartridge is bad or the printer cartridge Slot is bad...
1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again.. or 2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.
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First of all, if the ink cartridges are stuck, as you rightly guessed, it may not be the correct cartridge.
Now, even suppose, it is the correct cartridge, it would not have been installed correctly . the Label side of the cartridge should face upwards, Not towards you.. when you are inserting the ink cartridge.
if you are from India the compatible ink cartridge would be HP 850(BLACK) AND HP 855(COLOR)
In North,South America it is HP 92(BLACK) AND HP 93.
Error 1203 occurs due to smearing of ink on the carriage bottom where the cartridge head touches the carriage bottom. Please turn off your printer and unplug it.
Clean the bottom of carriage with a damp cloth and clean any dried ink. Make sure that you use the printer after 5-10 mins or until the carriage area dries up completely.
If the 1203 message is still present on the operator panel, you need to insert one cartridge at a time to determine which cartridge is producing the failure.
Now try and check whether you are still getting an error. I hope that you are using orignal Lexmark ink. If not then please use genuine inks only.
Bad or mis-installed ink cartridge. Open the printer and remove the ink. Clean around the ink carriage and
the under the ink with alcohol and a cotton swab. Pay special attention
to areas with copper contacts. If the printer has a cleaning option
either on the printer itself through the menuing system or on the
machine through the print driver, you can use that afterwards. Some
printers will let you re-run the cleaning utility several times. Keep
in mind too that some printers will not print, even with full ink, if
the exact type of ink it expects you to have is not installed. This will give a similar error. Double
check that the ink is correct against the manual or written
instructions inside the printer. Not every cartridge that fits the
printer necessarily works.
I logged into Lexmark's web site and checked their printer support page. It said that if you get error message 1203 your ink cartridge has leaked fluid. In order to find the right cartridge, do the following. Remove both ink cartridges, put in one, turn off the printer, turn it back on and if you get the message 1203 that's the cartridge with the problem. I did not get that message. I turned off the printer, put in the other cartridge, and turned it back on. Sure enough, I got the 1203 message again. (I had cleaned the wrong cartridge before). I removed the leaky cartridge, cleaneded it (making sure I did not leave any residue) and put it back in the printer. It worked!
It is a hardware printing problem . Try to clean contacts in printers in cartridge holder by alcogol and elastic rubber. it may become dirty an poor contact. after this you can try this: Put some layers of the sticky tape on cartridge to improove force of contact.
If you're using Canon OEM (branded) cartridges you're going to need to ID the problem chip/cartridge so I'd try and get hold of some empty originals from somewhere (CartridgeWorld or similar perhaps?) and put those in as replacements for one cartridge at a time until you ID the problem cartridge/chip
If they're non-branded then chances are you do have more than one of the same chip but the solution is much the same...
If all else fails, take the printer to a friendly retailer who sell Canons and ask them to help you ID the problem cartridge.