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Previously working cartridge now incompatible

The hp74XL ink cartridge I've been using for the past three weeks suddenly says it's incompatible. I printed some things just three days ago, and I have no idea what changed between that time and now.

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I have a very similar printer. It is very fussy with cartridges. Take it out and clean it with a Q-tip and rubbing alcohol. Electrical contacts and make sure the ink dabs onto a napkin. Dont buy another HP :(

Posted on Oct 02, 2009

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    You can ruin the contacts by using rubbing alcohol, or with a Q-tip or other non lint-free items. Use distilled water on a coffee filter, squeeze out excess water...

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There is also a date printed on the cartridges when they expire. If you use after expiration they will give you that error, and sometimes they just go bad, usually after the warranty.

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STEP: Disconnect and Reconnect the Printer Power Supply
Top of Form 1
Bottom of Form 1

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