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Two Flashing Lights and noisy cartridge carriage travel

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Uninstall and then reinstall the printer driver

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Check the print cartridges
Make sure that both the black and color print cartridges are
properly installed and that the access cover of the printer is
closed. The cartridge LED flashes if the print cartridges are not
installed correctly.

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There are two different types of carriage units that you may be referring to depending upon the model printer you have. Older types of photo printers had two distinct carriages.

1. Carriage referees to equipment that travel left to right in your printer.
2. One is for the print heads that receive ink from your print cartridges and dispenses it to the paper that you are using.
3. The print head carriage that travels back and forth to accept replacement ink cartridges. Most of the time it is tucked to one side or the other and only travels when the printer is opened in a specific way to expose it for ink replacements.

In newer systems the print heads are built into the Ink cartridge, each color has it's own print head.

So in answer to your question the carriage cartridge is more than likely the container that you put your ink cartridge into. Unless you have an older printer and then it would or could be the carriage for either the print head or the ink. They some times need to be replaced. I had to replace that cartridge in an old HP2500 for as long as we had the printer. (4 years). Great machine high maintenance.

Aug 23, 2012 | HP Photosmart C7280 Printer

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Red and green lights are flashing alternatively and colour ink cartridge has run out. How do i change the cartridge?

Flashing alternately mean waste pad full. Reset using SSC utility or Adjusment program/resetter. But, you must replace cartridge before. Turn off printer, unlock carriage lock (left side of carriage at parking position). Move carriage by hand to replacement position. Replace ink tank. Reset using the resetter.

May 21, 2010 | Epson Stylus C46 InkJet Printer

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After cartridge replacement will not print alignment page says print head is obstructed but no evidence for this orange lights at top of control panel flashing along with colour print yellow light power...

try manually moving the carriage and see if it will move freely if it will not move.. there is the possiblity of minute peices of paper jammed under the carriage.
if the carriage moves freely... clean the contacts on the cartridges as well as the contacts on the carriage

Mar 27, 2010 | HP Photosmart C3180 All-In-One InkJet...

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My Deskjet 9800 has both cartridge lights flashing. I've put in new cartridges and ensured that they are properly seated. I cannot print a test page.

you will need to replace the carriage assembly because the cartridge has punched a small hole in the circuit contact board, which broke the circuit

Feb 06, 2010 | HP DeskJet 9800 InkJet Printer

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The on button and arrow button are flashing (cant Print)

Hi. This error means "A carriage jam has occurred".

The steps to correct this problem are (from HP support):

Step one: Move the carriage

1.Lift the top cover of the product.
2.Turn the product off, and then turn it on.
3.Unplug the power cord from the back of the product when the grinding noise starts.
4.Move the carriage towards the middle of the product (this procedure may take a couple of tries to get the timing correct).

Step two: Remove the cartridges

1.Press down lightly on top of the cartridge latch.
2.Pull out the bottom of the latch to unhook it.
3.Slide the print cartridge out of the carriage.
4.Repeat the steps for the other cartridge.
5.Close the top cover.
6.Reconnect the power cord.

Step three: Reinstall the print cartridges

1.Open the printer cover.
2.Wait until the carriage moves to the right side of the printer and is idle and silent.
3.Press down lightly on top of the cartridge latch.
4.Pull out the bottom of the latch to unhook it.
5.Hold the print cartridge so that the copper strips are on the bottom and facing toward the printer, and then slide the print cartridge into the carriage.
* Install the tri-color print cartridge in the left side of the carriage.
* Install the black, photo print cartridge, or the gray photo print cartridge in the right side of the carriage.
NOTE: To easily identify the correct side of the carriage in which to install the print cartridge, match the symbol on the print cartridge label with the symbol above the carriage.

6.Push down on the print cartridge latch until it snaps closed.
7.Lower the cover of the product.

For other errors indicated by the lights flashing follow the link:

Hope it helps, if it helped you, please rate the answer. For further assistance please reply back.

Aug 03, 2009 | HP Deskjet 6940 InkJet Printer

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Flashing on/off light on hp deskjet 3520 printer

Introduction The printer lights indicate the printer status. These lights can be on, off, or blinking (flashing), depending on the status of the printer. The sections below describe the most common combinations of blinking lights, how to fix the issue, and how the issue is caused. NOTE: The light patterns included in this document are described as blinking or flashing lights. For the purpose of this document, "flashing" means the same as "blinking." Blinking lights Printer lights can can blink for more than one reason, so the solution can vary. These solutions need not be performed in a specific order, but solutions for the most common issues are presented first. Blinking lights are often accompanied by an error message on the computer screen, which might help determine the solution. Issue: Power light is blinking

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Close the cover.


Printer cover is open. Solution

Insert appropriate media in the In tray.


The printer is out of paper. Solution

  • Change the printer's print mode setting.
  • Change the printer's paper type selection.
  • Use a different brand of label media.


The printer has difficulty picking up label media. Solution

Follow each of these steps until the problem is resolved:

  1. Remove the paper from both paper trays.
  2. Press the power button once. Wait a moment for the paper jam to clear.
  3. If printing labels, verify that a label did not become detached while passing through the printer. If the paper jam was not resolved, continue on to the next steps.
  4. Remove the rear access door.
  5. Remove the paper jam through the opening at the back of the printer.
  6. Replace the rear access door.
  7. Reload the paper into the paper In tray.
  8. Print the document.


There is a paper jam. Solution

Follow each of these steps until the problem is resolved:

  1. Remove and then reinsert the print cartridge(s) into the printer.
  2. Clean the print cartridges automatically using the Clean Cartridges option in the Printer Assistant.
  3. Manually clean the print cartridges and print cartridge cradles:
    • Open the printer cover and wait until the carriage moves to the center.
    • Press the Power button to turn off the printer.
    • Disconnect power cord from the back of the printer.
    • Remove the print cartridges and place them on a piece of paper with the nozzle plate facing up.
    • Lightly moisten a cotton swab with distilled water.
    • Clean the face and edges of the print cartridges with the swab. Do not touch the print cartridge ink nozzles or copper contacts.
    • Wipe the underside of the print cartridge cradle walls using a clean, moistened swab.
    • Reinsert the print cartridges.
    • Close the printer cover.
    • Connect the power cord to the back of the printer.
    • Press the Power button to turn on the printer.
  4. Calibrate the print cartridges.
  5. If the light is still flashing, replace the print cartridges.


There is a problem with a print cartridge. Solution

  1. Print a printer self-test by holding the power button down with a pencil and opening and closing the top cover four times.
  2. Check the nozzle self-test pattern in the self-test print out. If one or more of the solid rectangular areas are missing, an electrical contact problem may be present.
  3. Remove and then reinsert the print cartridge(s) into the printer.
  4. Print the document.
  5. If the problem persists, follow the steps listed above for cleaning the print cartridges and print cartridge cradle.
  6. Try printing again. If the problem continues, replace the print cartridges.


The print cartridge has partial loss of electrical interface with the carriage connections.

Mar 03, 2009 | HP DeskJet 3520 InkJet Printer

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Stalled printer cartridges

Sounds like an issue with the print carriage. When it's out of alignment and tries to print, it can make awful noises. has a web page that describes a number of troubleshooting steps when you have print carriage issues:

Carriage Jam Errors

There's also a related web page having to do with the noise coming from the printer:

Noisy Print Carriage

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Oct 07, 2008 | HP OfficeJet 4215 All-In-One InkJet...

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Carriage hits the right inside of printer - will not print

if the lights are flashing along together there is a cariage stall. The ink cartridge craddle is hitting something. Find out what and remove it if doesn't belong there. First of all remove and reinsert both cartridges. One of them may be inserted wrong.

Mar 19, 2008 | Printers & Copiers

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