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I have a HP Photosmart C4480 its started displaying a message saying that the ink cartridges are not compatible & discharging excessive ink smearing the pages I have always used HP ink cartridges.

Ive downloading the latest HP software I'm thinking that its a problem with the print head but cant see how you remove it. Anyone experience a similar problem?

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SOURCE: HP L7680 Print Head Problem

Sometimes the circuit strip that sits at the back of the printhead carriage is the problem due to moisture, ink soiling, etc...

To clean these you need some cotton buds (like you use to clean your ears) and gently clean the area at the back of the printhead carriage (where the printheads slot into).

This removes any ink, or moisture that could be causing a short circuit or similar.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009

myjosh007
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SOURCE: HP psc 1215 all in one error message

hi im josh in cebu phils.may i help you? Friend try to use thse solutions surely it will help you:
The first item to check is whether your printer is connected correctly to your computer. Check the connecting cable to make sure that the connections are tight. You also should unplug each end of the cable to ensure that none of the connecting wires are bent, making a bad connection. You might also want to change the printer cable. Cables can get old, and the wires inside can break; try a new cable and see whether this change fixes the problem.
caution
caution_icon.gif Anytime you change any connection between your system unit and any external device (such as your printer), you probably need to turn your computer off and then back on again for the connection change to register with your system. So if you're plugging in cables, reboot your system when you're done.



Next, you should make sure that the printer is connected to the correct port on the back of your computer. Checking the port connection is not always as simple as it seems. Some computers come with more than one printer port, and your printer might be hooked up to the wrong one. If you have multiple printer ports, try plugging your printer into the other ports.
Next, check the paper feed of your printer. If you're out of paper, your printer can't print. You also should check the paper path inside the printer to make sure that no stray pieces of paper are lodged inside. Make certain, too, that your printer is online, or set in the on position.
You should also check to see if your printer is paused. Check your front panel buttons to make sure that your printer is online. You should also double-click the Printer icon in the Windows system tray to open the Print Manger and make sure the job isn't paused from within Windows.
Another potential cause of this problem is having the "manual feed" option selected in Windows or on your printer. If this option is selected and there is no paper in the manual feed tray, your printer just sits there waiting for someone (like, oh, you!) to insert some paper. The solution to this is to either add some paper to the manual feed tray or switch off the manual feed option.
It's also possible that you have the wrong driver installed or selected within Windows. Right-click on this printer's icon in the Printers window and select Properties. Check the Details tab to make sure you're printing to the correct port using the correct driver. If you need to change drivers, pick one from the pull-down list, or click the New Driver button to add a new printer driver.
note
note_icon.gif The tabs in the Printer Properties dialog box are specific to the brand and model of printer you have installed. If your Print Properties dialog box doesn't have a Details tab, look for a Ports or Advanced tab instead.



It's possible that the correct driver is installed, but something has gone screwy with how Windows reads the driver information. Go to the Printers Window and delete the current printer, and then use the Add Printer Wizard to reinstall the printer driver. You might also want to check with your printer's manufacturer to see if there is an updated version of your driver available.
In addition, it's possible that a recently installed device has somehow mucked with your printer configuration in Windows. Try deleting your printer driver and then reinstalling it, as described in the previous paragraph. Because the last device installed on your system can overwrite previous configuration information, go ahead and make your printer the last installed device.
If none of these suggestions solves your problem, you're looking at a major computer or printer problem. Try hooking up another printer to your computer; if the new printer works, it's time to take your old printer into the shop. If the new printer doesn't work, you probably have a defective port in your computer. good luck!

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a 13 month old HP Photosmart C5180 which is

your second set of catridges mush help you,, and also,, it seems that your operating system is corrupted,, its better you reinstall the printdrivers first,, if problem persists,, then try reinstall of windows..

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

pineworks
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SOURCE: This is for an HP Photosmart 3310 all in one. The

Reset the product:

  1. Without turning off the product, disconnect the USB cable from the rear of the product.
  2. Remove the cartridges from the product.
  3. Wait for the 'Insert Cartridges ' message to display on the control panel.
  4. Disconnect the power cord from the back of the product.
  5. Wait 60 seconds.
  6. Reconnect the power cord. If the product does not automatically turn on, press the Power button (c01602202.gif ).
  7. Reinsert the cartridges, and then close any open doors on the product.
  8. If you receive a prompt to print a calibration page, do so.
  9. Reconnect the USB cable to the rear of the product, and then try printing again.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010

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SOURCE: HP Photosmart 2575 printer - ink cartridge problem

Is this a Hp cartridge or a cheaper brand?
I got this error myself too with cheaper cartridges.
You cal solvo this error by buying the original Hp cartridges

Posted on Apr 13, 2010

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Hp photosmart c4480 is saying that the ink is not compatible and wont print


Hello,

Make sure you are putting the right cartredge into the right slots. Some printers have the same size cartridge for all the colors and black. If you put one in the wrong slot the printer will not be able to recognize the electronic part of it. Also make sure to remove all the little plastic / tape that is usually on the cartridge when you first buy it.

If you know you put it in the right slot, try taking it out and placing it back it. It might need a simple "re-seat". If this still does not work, you may have a defective product. You then have a choice to buy another ink cartridge (note, you can not return opened ink). Or buy a new printer. IF the printer is under warranty you might want to take advantage of that as well.

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Hy. I have found a different solution for c4480 "incopatible cartrige". it worked for me so i hope it works for you to

Steps:

1. Press X+power at the same time
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3. press BLUE until you see "INFORMATION MENU"
4. press OK
5. Press Blue until you see "CHECKSUM FOR RELOCK DATA INPUT"
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Hp knows about your issues you can read the forum here, Currently there working on a critical update.
http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Printer-All-in-One-Software-and/Incompatible-Cartridges-after-Critical-Update-HP-Photosmart/td-p/107505

Let me know ether way we are here to help. Please do not forget to leave a rating before you go, thanks

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Take out the print cartridge. Clean the points on the cartridge with cotton swab and try using it again.

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Are you using a factory new ink cartridge?
If you are using a refilled or third party cartridge that may well be your problem. Most manufacturers build logic into their products to prevent the use of “Other Equipment Manufactured” cartridges as well as re-filled cartridges.
They do this to prevent problems from contaminated inks causing problems with print quality or damaging the physical printhead.
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Check the print properties and verify the black ink cartridge still has ink in it.

Otherwise, you may have a bad ink cartridge. If the cartridge has not been used for a while, the ink gums up the nozzle. You can try cleaning the ink cartridge and slot with alcohol. However, new color and black cartridges may be the best solution.

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