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Error 50 c

I have a Lexmark X6170 ALL-IN-ONE Printer. While trying to print. I receive a message telling me to reinstall the printer cartridges. After doing so. I power the printer back up and I get Cartridge Error "error 50C" message on the printer display. Does anyone have some information on how I can correct the error message? Thanks! John

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  1. Power off your printer.
  2. Use both hands to lift up the scanner unit until the scanner support holds it open.
  3. Turn the printer on. The print cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position, unless the printer is busy.
  4. Remove the color print cartridge.
  5. Lower the scanner unit until it is completely closed.
  6. If the error message reappears, replace the black print cartridge with a new print cartridge.
    If it does not repeat steps 1-3 and then go to step 7.
  7. Reinstall the color cartridge and remove the black print cartridge.
  8. Lower the scanner unit until it is completely closed.
  9. If the error message occurs again, replace the color cartridge.
  10. If an error message reappears, repeat steps 1-3 and reinstall both print cartridges.
Hope this helps.
  1. Lower the scanner unit until it is completely closed.
  2. If you receive the error message again, replace both cartridges.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

  • NinaE Jul 29, 2009

    Ooops ... remove the 2 lines after "Hope this helps".

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  1. Power off your All-in-One and unplug it.
  2. Plug in your All-in-One again and turn it on.
  3. Uninstall and then reinstall your cartridges.
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