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Error 5100 Just replaced the bigger black cartridge and it went back into the side of lthe lprinter and then started a screeching noise and a window came up to say it was error 5100.Turned printer off and on again but cannot go further

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You've got a carriage control error.

Try taking the cartridges out completely, look for ANY debris, no matter how small, and clean it out. Reset the cartridges back into place carefully and try again.

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