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I am getting a message when trying to print telling me that there is a problem with my color ink cartridge. Now, nothing will print unless I remove the color ink cartridge. This message does not say what the problem could be. I just replaced the cartridge and it printed just fine the first few times. Help, please!

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    It was a new cartridge.

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Are you using new or refills?

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I changed the color ink cartridge and it still won't print.


The replacement cartridge may have a dried out print head, or there could be an air bubble in the ink cartridge preventing ink flow. The only thing you can really do at home is to press the bottom of the cartridge, the print head into a folded paper towel lightly moistened with warm distilled water. Be careful as the goal is to have ink soak out of the cartridge and could get on your hands. If the print head is in good shape you should see a foot print of the print head, a rectangle roughly the same size as the silver area on the cartridge. If not try a few more times. If still nothing the cartridge will need to be replaced. Cartridge World stores have equipment to prevent/repair these kinds of issues, so maybe you can give you closest one a call. :)

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4110 officejet series all-in-one error message saying i installed incorrect ink cartridge? what do i do? it is the correct one


Supported HP Inkjet cartridge part numbers The HP Officejet 4100 all-in-one series products use the ink cartridges listed in the table below. HP Inkjet cartridges HP 56 black cartridge (19 ml) HP 57 tri-color cartridge (17 ml) HP 28 tri-color cartridge (8 ml) Replacing the ink cartridgesThe power must be turned ON to the all-in-one or the print carriage will not move to the right.
  1. Locate and open the print cartridge access door on the right side of the all-in-one. The print cartridge carriage will move to the right for access. Figure 1: Opening the HP Officejet 4100 seriesc00121089.jpg
  2. Press down gently on the top of the old ink cartridge to release it from the print carriage. Figure 2: Removing an ink cartridgec00121090.jpg
  3. Remove the new print cartridge from its packaging and remove the protective tape from the cartridge as shown in Figure 3. Do not touch the gold-colored contacts. Figure 3: Removing the cartridge tapec00121091.jpg
  4. Holding the ink cartridge with the printed label up, slide the cartridges one at a time into the print carriage and press them into position as shown in Figure 4. If the cartridge does not snap easily into position, it is not aligned correctly. Remove the cartridge and reposition it. Do not try to force the cartridge into position. The black ink cartridge (HP #56) goes on the right side and the color cartridge (HP #57 or HP #28) goes on the left side. Close the ink cartridge access door when the ink cartridge has been installed. Figure 4: Installing the ink cartridgesc00121092.jpg
  5. A message will appear on the front panel requesting that the ink cartridges be aligned. Follow the steps below to align the ink cartridges:
    1. Press Enter on the all-in-one front panel to start the ink cartridge alignment process.
    2. After the Alignment page prints, place the page into the ADF upside down and with the printed side down as is shown in Figure 5.
    3. Press Enter. The all-in-one will scan the alignment page and finish aligning the cartridges.
    Figure 5: Aligning the ink cartridgesc00121093.jpg
Correcting error messages that appear after changing a cartridgeAfter inserting the cartridge, the Check Print Cartridge light flashes or one of the following messages appears on the computer monitor:
  • Check the black (or color) cartridge
  • Replace the black (or color) cartridge
  • The wrong black (or color) cartridge is installed
These messages indicate that the ink cartridge is not making good electrical contact, is bad, or is the wrong cartridge. Complete the following steps to diagnose and correct the condition:
  1. Open the front of the unit to access the print cartridges (as shown in Figure 1).
  2. Remove the ink cartridge and inspect it.
  3. Verify that it is the correct part number and if it is, reinsert it.
  4. Close the lid to see if the problem is corrected.
  5. If the message is still displayed after a few seconds, remove the ink cartridge again.
  6. Unplug the power cord from the back of the unit.
  7. Clean the electrical contacts on the ink cartridge with a soft clean cloth slightly dampened (not wet) with clean water. (See Figure 6) Each contact is very small and shaped like a rounded square. Figure 6: Cleaning the cartridge contactsc00121094.jpg
  8. Allow the ink cartridge to dry for a few minutes before reinserting the cartridge(s) and turning on the printer.
  9. If the problem remains, replace the ink cartridge.
  10. If the problem still exists after trying all of the steps above, the unit may need to be serviced. Contact HP for further troubleshooting or to arrange to have the unit serviced.
Make sure what ur using isn't a refilled cartridge and if it is check the expiration date, if nothing is wrong then you need to get urself a new printer or an upgrade so call up hp at 1800-474-6836 and get help of them,they'll guide you to a new /upgrade printer.
it's not a nice way of saying it but someone has to give you the bad news

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Can i print using black ink when im out of color ink it wont let me even though ive changed the settings to print colors as black and white


That's the way Kodak works
It won't allow yu to do anything if any of the lights are flashing or there is a error message

NO RESOLUTION

Get your color ink cartridge replaced by Kodak.
Just say its a new color ink cartridge and printer is saying its empty!!

Hurraay you'll get a free color ink cartridge

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After refilling the colored cartridge, error message say that the colored cartridge is empty what do i do?


There is no way to reset the ink levels on these cartridges. If the printer will print, just print until the ink runs out. You can also tell your printer to "ignore ink levels" so you don't get the low ink message every time you print.

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Printer wont print


Try remove all cartridges then put back it one by one.Make sure the color cartridges are not empty too.The printer need all cartridges not empty to initialized and working.

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Dell printer model# A940 50c error


Test your cartridges.

Remove the color ink cartridge then lower the cover of your printer. If the error message displays again, replace the black cartridge with a new one (or return the new one). Reinstall the color cartridge and remove the black ink cartridge then lower the cover. If the error message displays again, replace the color cartridge with a new color cartridge.
Note: My manual indicated that the printer might have detected a short circuit in a cartridge. I returned a month old black cartridge got a new one and my printer is working fine now. Good luck.

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yeah it sounds like a cartridge sensors are stuck or broken. i would say to replace the whole print unit. It will need a service support dealer to fit this part unless you can buy it and fir it yourself.

part number: QM2-2020-020

hope this helps

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Installing ink cartridge


I've had this problem too. The only way to make the message go away is to buy the ink from Dell. Although generic ink cartriges will work the printer will not/can not reset the "low ink" message unless you buy the cartriges directly from Dell. So you can use another brand, but you'll just have to overide the low ink message when it pops up by telling it to continue printing. Then you can tell when the ink is low by seeing it when it prints out.

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Ink cartridge problem


Complete the following instructions:
  1. Power off your All-in-One.
  2. Use both hands to lift up the scanner unit until the scanner support holds it open.
  3. Turn the All-in-One on. The print cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position, unless the All-in-One 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.
  11. Lower the scanner unit until it is completely closed.
  12. If you receive the error message again, replace both cartridges.

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