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Error code I am receiving an error code cartridge error 1203. I have replaced the black ink cartridge with a new one and still the same error code.

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  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    Lexmark x7170 All-In-One displays error: Cartridge Error, Error:1203. It continues to display the error after replacing the old black cartridge with a new one.

  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2008

    changed out cartiadge and still getting the same error code how do i fix it?

  • lcb28458 Mar 09, 2008

    Cartridge error 1203. Checked cartridges, all ok. powered off and back on. still get error message. won't print.

  • qyuckshort Mar 11, 2008

    I have replace the black cartridge

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    Code will not clear after replacing black ink cartridge and restarting printer several times.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    replaced black ink cartridge and received above error message



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Well I have had the same thing happen.on the left only use 31[photo]; 32; 34....on the right33; 35..left takes black or 31 photo....right color cartridge only

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I have the Dell AIO 926 and i have an Error Message. Error 1203 Consult User's Guide I cannot print, what do i do?

error 1203's error name is print head short which indicates a short circuit in the print head has occurred. solution to this problem is to disconnect and then reconnect the printer power cable. Reinstall the ink cartridges.For more information, see Replacing Ink Cartridges.
Replacing Ink Cartridges
  • Turn on your printer.

  • Lift the printer unit, and then position the scanner support between the tabs to hold it open.


  • The ink cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position unless the printer is busy.
  • Press down on the ink cartridge lever to raise each ink cartridge lid.


    Remove the old ink cartridges.


  • Store the cartridges in an air-tight container, such as the storage unit you received with your photo cartridge, or dispose of them properly.

  • If you are installing new ink cartridges, remove the sticker and transparent tape from the back and bottom of each ink cartridge.
    NOTE: The following illustration shows a black cartridge and a color cartridge (used for normal printing). For photo printing, use a photo cartridge and a color cartridge.

    Insert the new ink cartridges. Make sure the black or photo ink cartridge is secure in the left ink cartridge carrier, and the color ink cartridge is secure in the right ink cartridge carrier.

    Snap each lid closed.


    Hold the printer unit up, push the scanner support back to unlock it, and then lower the printer unit until it is completely closed.


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    Cartridge Error # 1203 when replacing black ink cartridge

    It sounds like the printer thinks it is not a genuine ink cartridge. Fit a Lexmark cartridge to cure it.

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    Solution to get rid of error 1203 on printer 926 is

    Disconnect and Reconnect the Printer Power Supply
    1. Unplug the power cord from the wall socket.
    2. Disconnect the power supply from the back of the printer.
    3. Wait 15 seconds.

      Reconnect the power supply to the back of the printer.
    4. Plug the power cord back into the wall socket.

    Try a Known-Good Ink Cartridge in the Printer Replace each affected cartridge in the printer with a known-good cartridge and check to see if the problem is resolved.

    This error comes up because the copper contact of the cartridge is not able to communicate with sensor of the printer.

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    The error 1203 error message on the operator panel could indicate a problem with one of the ink cartridges. Please follow the steps given below:

    1. Please make sure the All-In-One is powered on.
    2. Pull the control panel towards you, and then open the cartridge access door. The print cartridge carrier moves and stops at the loading position.
    3. Pull the old cartridges towards you, and then lift them out.
    4. With the cartridges out of the printer, shut the access door and the control panel.
    5. Power the printer OFF and then back ON.
    6. Please check the operator panel to see if the same error has returned or if a new message has appeared.
    7. If the message displayed is 1203, there is something wrong with the printer hardware.
    If the message now displaying is Cartridge Missing, do the following:

    1. Reinstall the cartridges into the printer.
    2. Insert the color cartridge in the left carrier. Insert the black cartridge in the right carrier.
    3. Push back firmly on the cartridges until they snap securely into place.
    4. Close the cartridge access door, and then close the control panel.
    5. 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.
    6. With one cartridge in the carrier, close the access door and control panel.
    7. Please check the operator panel. If the 1203 error is displayed, this cartridge is the defective item. If the Cartridge Missing message is displayed, the second cartridge is producing the failure.
    8. Please replace the defective cartridge.

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    1 - try cleaning the copper contacts of the both carts and cart slot in the printer and try again..
    2 - when error shows up, shut the printers power off; wait one minute and turn it back on press copy.

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    How I solved this problem was, I took out the color cartridge (which seem to be the one giving the error message) and worked only with the black ink (and chose print black and white )

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